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About M.C. Holliss

Many years ago, I was inspired by my eldest Grandson to write my first book, Gregory and the Green Knight.

Together, we had visited Ripley Castle (North Yorkshire) on a hot summers day. Although he was only two at the time, he was fascinated by castles, knights and dragons!

At the top of the keep was a display of the family’s ancient weapons and because he had impressed the guide with his good behaviour, he was allowed to hold one of the real family swords.

His fascination of all things historic began there and inspired me to write the Gregory stories. Encouraged by family and friends, I have decided to share these books with a wider audience.

My career started as a primary school teacher, where I had first-hand experience of the importance of encouraging children to read. Over the years I have seen that, from the age of seven, all children need to develop a love of reading, to expand their use of vocabulary. This is even more important today, with so many electronic distractions and hopefully, these books will also nudge them towards an interest in history!

Gregory and the Green Knight was published in November 2017, with the next two in the series being published in early 2018.

My latest book, 'The Winter Dog' was inspired  by another little grandson who, at school was worried by a version of the 'Boy who Cried Wolf! I chose Edinburgh as the setting because of my own happy childhood memories, visiting my grandparents there.

Details of these and other upcoming publications by Magical History Stories can be found on our News page.

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