By Ash, Oak And Thorn by Melissa Harrison

Publication date: 6 May 2021

The Blurb

Three tiny, ancient beings – Moss, Burnet and Cumulus, once revered as Guardians of the Wild World – wake from winter hibernation in their beloved ash tree home.

When it is destroyed, they set off on an adventure to find more of their kind, a journey which takes them first into the deep countryside and then the heart of a city.

Helped along the way by birds and animals, the trio search for a way to survive and thrive in a precious yet disappearing world…

The Review

A magical and meaningful story steeped in folklore and nature that takes us into the hidden world that most of us fail to notice.

Our heroes face a perilous journey to find more of their kind in a bid to understand what is becoming of the Hidden Folk in the ever decreasing natural spots left an an increasingly built up world. Where once every hedge, tree and river bank would have a protector, now they are legendary to the creatures that live in the hedgerows and fields that they once called home.

This is a nature lover’s dream, celebrating our countryside and the creatures that live in it, and packed full of kindness and caring for both friends and the environment. The tiniest details are picked out to immerse us further into the Hidden Folk’s world, from a breath of wind to a rustle in the grass.

With more to come in By Rowan And Yew this October, this is great for fans of:

  • Where The World Turns Wild by Nicola Penfold
  • The Animals Of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • The Tindims by Sally Gardner and Lydia Corry

About The Author

Melissa Harrison is an award-winning novelist and nature writer who lives in Suffolk. Melissa contributes a monthly Nature Notebook column to The Times and is the writer and presenter of the hit nature podcast ‘The Stubborn Light of Things’. She has appeared on Springwatch and Springwatch Unsprung, and speaks regularly on the radio.

For information check out Melissa’s website at, and follow her on Twitter @M_Z_Harrison.

Huge thanks to Chicken House for inviting me to take part in the blog tour. Do make sure you check out all of the other stops.


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