Cassandra Parkin - Author

About the Author

Cassandra Parkin has a Master's degree in English Literature from York University, and has been writing fiction all her life - mostly as Christmas and birthday presents for friends and family. She is married with two children, has so far resisted her clear destiny to become a mad old cat lady, and lives in a small but perfectly-formed village in East Yorkshire. New World Fairy Tales is her first published book.

Featured books by Cassandra Parkin

New World Fairy Tales

New World Fairy Tales

Author: Cassandra Parkin Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/12/2011

In contemporary America, an un-named college student sets out on an obsessive journey of discovery to collect and record the life-stories of total strangers. The interviews that follow have echoes of another, far more famous literary journey, undertaken long ago and in another world. Drawing on the original, unexpurgated tales collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, six of their most famous works are re-imagined in the rich and endlessly varied landscapes of contemporary America. A haunting blend of romance and realism, these stripped-back narratives of human experience are the perfect read for anyone who has read their child a bedtime fairy story, and wondered who ever said these were stories meant for children.

Other books by Cassandra Parkin

Underwater Breathing

Underwater Breathing

Author: Cassandra Parkin Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/05/2018

'A glorious, emotional novel... I can't recommend it enough' Louise Beech On Yorkshire's gradually-crumbling mud cliffs sits an Edwardian seaside house. In the bathroom, Jacob and Ella hide from their parents' passionate arguments by playing the `Underwater Breathing' game - until the day Jacob wakes to find his mother and sister gone. Years later, the sea's creeping closer, his father is losing touch with reality and Jacob is trapped in his past. Then, Ella's sudden reappearance forces him to confront his fractured childhood. As the truth about their parents emerges, it's clear that Jacob's time hiding beneath the water is coming to an end. Cassandra Parkin stuns in her latest dark fiction, focusing on what constructs family dynamics and what happens when they fall apart. What Reviewers and Readers Say: 'A dark, powerful and emotional novel with hauntingly beautiful prose. It will compel you to read on even as it send chills up your spine'. Nicola Moriarty 'This is a glorious, emotional novel about who we really are, where we belong in the world, and how truly at mercy we are to the events that shape us. I can't recommend it enough'. Louise Beech

Underwater Breathing

Underwater Breathing

Author: Cassandra Parkin Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2018

'A glorious, emotional novel... I can't recommend it enough' Louise Beech'Hauntingly beautiful prose. It will compel you to read on even as it sends chills up your spine' Nicola MoriartyOn Yorkshire's gradually-crumbling mud cliffs sits an Edwardian seaside house. In the bathroom, Jacob and Ella hide from their parents' passionate arguments by playing the 'Underwater Breathing' game - until the day Jacob wakes to find his mother and sister gone. Years later, the sea's creeping closer, his father is losing touch with reality and Jacob is trapped in his past. Then, Ella's sudden reappearance forces him to confront his fractured childhood. As the truth about their parents emerges, it's clear that Jacob's time hiding beneath the water is coming to an end. Cassandra Parkin stuns in her latest dark fiction, focusing on what constructs family dynamics and what happens when they fall apart.

The Winter's Child

The Winter's Child

Author: Cassandra Parkin Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/12/2017

Five years ago, Susannah Harper's son Joel went missing without trace. Bereft of her son and then of her husband, Susannah has rebuilt her life around helping others. But then, on the last night of Hull Fair, a fortune-teller makes an eerie prediction. She tells her that this Christmas Eve, Joel will finally come back to her. As her carefully-constructed life begins to unravel, Susannah is forced to confront the buried truths of her family's past.

The Winter's Child

The Winter's Child

Author: Cassandra Parkin Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/09/2017

'Fresh. Original. Spell-binding.' Jane Corry '...a wonderful writer with a painterly eye for detail... There are some brilliant twists.' Wendy Holden, Daily Mail Five years ago, Susannah Harper's son Joel went missing without trace. Bereft of her son and then of her husband John, Susannah tries to accept that she may never know for certain what has happened to her lost loved ones.She has rebuilt her life around a simple selfless mission: to help others who, like her, must learn to live without hope. But then, on the last night of Hull Fair, a fortune-teller makes an eerie prediction. Susannah is told that this Christmas Eve, Joel will finally come back to her. As her carefully-constructed life begins to unravel, Susannah is drawn into a world of psychics and charlatans, half-truths and hauntings, friendships and betrayals, forcing her to confront the buried truths of her family's past, where nothing and no one are quite as they seem. Cassandra Parkin brings us a ghostly winter mystery with a modern gothic flavor. A dark tale of twisted love, marriage, family secrets and hauntings, Parkin keeps us guessing throughout. What Reviewers and Readers Say: 'A gripping tale of mother love' Sam Hepburn 'Wow. I have always loved Parkin's books - have read every single one - but oh, this is a treat. All her usual talents are present and accounted for; beautiful prose, thoughtful and real characters, gorgeous story. But this one is darker, twistier, and utterly addictive. Watch out world, this one should be huge!' Louise Beech 'Cassandra Parkin's The Winter's Child is a gripping thriller from beginning to end, certain to chill and haunt... a journey filled with skillful twists and turns on every page. A fantastic, eerie story ... The prose is eloquent and skilful. From the first chapter, the characters develop into tangible, fully realized people. The cast exists in a foreboding world, a dark atmosphere that Parkin deftly crafts with each scene ... deeply disturbing, intimate, and effective. In addition, there is an underlying commentary on gender and motherhood that further deepens the novel's scope. The Winter's Child is a stunning, beautifully disturbing mystery.' MYA ALEXICE, Foreword Reviews

Winter's Child

Winter's Child

Author: Cassandra Parkin Format: eBook Release Date: 15/09/2017

'Fresh. Original. Spell-binding.' Jane Corry'a wonderful writer with a painterly eye for detail... Thereare some brilliant twists.' Wendy Holden,Daily MailFive years ago, Susannah Harper's son Joel went missing withouttrace. Bereft of her son and then of her husband John, Susannah tries to acceptthat she may never know for certain what has happened to her lost loved ones. She has rebuilt her life around a simple selfless mission: to help others who,like her, must learn to live without hope.But then, on the last night of Hull Fair, a fortune-teller makesan eerie prediction. Susannah is told that this Christmas Eve, Joel willfinally come back to her.As her carefully-constructed life begins to unravel, Susannah isdrawn into a world of psychics and charlatans, half-truths and hauntings,friendships and betrayals, forcing her to confront the buried truths of herfamily's past, where nothing and no one are quite as they seem.CassandraParkin brings us a ghostly winter mystery with a modern gothic flavor. A dark taleof twisted love, marriage, family secrets and hauntings, Parkin keeps usguessing throughout.

Lily's House

Lily's House

Author: Cassandra Parkin Format: eBook Release Date: 15/10/2016

'Parkin is a wonderful writer with a painterly eye for detail - lush gardens, lashing seas - and a way of slowly releasing key facts... There are some brilliant twists.' -- Wendy Holden, Daily Mail'Lily's House has a voice that leaps out of the page and holds you tight. Fresh. Original. Spell-binding.' -- Jane Corry, author of My Husband's Wife'Lily's House is a beautiful story that carefully unravels the depth of love and lies in a family. Cassandra's writing pulled me in from the first page and wouldn't let me go until I'd finished. Even then it stayed with me for a long time.' -- Heidi Perks, author of Beneath the Surface'Unexpectedly dark and dream-like. I loved the twists throughout... a very enjoyable read.' -- Natalie K. Martin, No.1 Amazon best-selling author'Lily's House is a beautiful, rich, haunting and addictive read. Cassandra Parkin effortlessly weaves magic in this story of long-gone secrets, self-discovery, empowerment, and love. The book is assured, mature... a masterpiece. I'll never forget it.' -- Louise Beech, author of How to be Brave'If you are looking for a real page turner of a novel, then this is the book for you... with twists and turns which are both unexpected and wonderful to read.' --A Nose for Food'Lily's House is a perfect book. I loved every word and simply want to go right back and read it all again.' --Linda's Book Bag'First impressions can be unexpectedly deceptive. That gorgeous cover cleverly conceals a darkness... I find it astonishing how words can stealthily raise ugly issues to such powerful effect, yet remain so beautifully written.' --Little Bookness Lane'Lily's House was a wonder to read and a book I could scarcely put down - Parkin's writing reeled me in and kept hold of me from start to finish.' --Mari Ellis Dunning'I would recommend Cassandra Parkin and the wonderful Lily's House to anyone as ultimately it is about hope and love in their truest forms.' --Fenland Book Worm'An enchanting, quirky and often surprising tale of unconditional love between a grandmother and granddaughter.' --Mad House Family Reviews'A real page-turner' --Nudge 'A beautiful, original story that entranced me from page one.' --Random Things Through My Letterbox'A really special book' --Being Anne'A surprisingly dark read' --A View from the Balcony'I laughed, I cried, I got angry and I closed the last page with a satisfied sigh, regretting only that the journey was over. A truly enjoyable read, one of my favourites this year.' --But Books are Better'I adored this book... a very special book indeed.' --Brew and Books Review'...wonderfully poignant and important novel... clever and arresting' --Literature WorksWhen Jen goes to her grandmother's house for the last time, she's determined not to dwell on the past. As a child, Jen adored Lily and suspected she might be a witch; but the spell was broken long ago, and now her death means there won't be any reconciliation.Lily's gone, but the enchantments she wove and the secrets she kept still remain. In Lily's house, Jen and her daughter Marianne reluctantly confront the secrets of the past and present - and discover how dangerous we become when we're trying to protect the ones we love.

Lily's House

Lily's House

Author: Cassandra Parkin Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2016

'Parkin is a wonderful writer with a painterly eye for detail - lush gardens, lashing seas - and a way of slowly releasing key facts... There are some brilliant twists.' -- Wendy Holden, Daily Mail 'Lily's House has a voice that leaps out of the page and holds you tight. Fresh. Original. Spell-binding.' -- Jane Corry, author of My Husband's Wife 'Lily's House is a beautiful story that carefully unravels the depth of love and lies in a family. Cassandra's writing pulled me in from the first page and wouldn't let me go until I'd finished. Even then it stayed with me for a long time.' -- Heidi Perks, author of Beneath the Surface 'Unexpectedly dark and dream-like. I loved the twists throughout... a very enjoyable read.' -- Natalie K. Martin, No.1 Amazon best-selling author 'Lily's House is a beautiful, rich, haunting and addictive read. Cassandra Parkin effortlessly weaves magic in this story of long-gone secrets, self-discovery, empowerment, and love. The book is assured, mature... a masterpiece. I'll never forget it.' -- Louise Beech, author of How to be Brave 'If you are looking for a real page turner of a novel, then this is the book for you... with twists and turns which are both unexpected and wonderful to read.' --A Nose for Food 'Lily's House is a perfect book. I loved every word and simply want to go right back and read it all again.' --Linda's Book Bag 'First impressions can be unexpectedly deceptive. That gorgeous cover cleverly conceals a darkness... I find it astonishing how words can stealthily raise ugly issues to such powerful effect, yet remain so beautifully written.' --Little Bookness Lane 'Lily's House was a wonder to read and a book I could scarcely put down - Parkin's writing reeled me in and kept hold of me from start to finish.' --Mari Ellis Dunning 'I would recommend Cassandra Parkin and the wonderful Lily's House to anyone as ultimately it is about hope and love in their truest forms.' --Fenland Book Worm 'An enchanting, quirky and often surprising tale of unconditional love between a grandmother and granddaughter.' --Mad House Family Reviews 'A real page-turner' --Nudge 'A beautiful, original story that entranced me from page one.' --Random Things Through My Letterbox 'A really special book' --Being Anne 'A surprisingly dark read' --A View from the Balcony 'I laughed, I cried, I got angry and I closed the last page with a satisfied sigh, regretting only that the journey was over. A truly enjoyable read, one of my favourites this year.' --But Books are Better 'I adored this book... a very special book indeed.' --Brew and Books Review `...wonderfully poignant and important novel... clever and arresting' --Literature Works When Jen goes to her grandmother's house for the last time, she's determined not to dwell on the past. As a child, Jen adored Lily and suspected she might be a witch; but the spell was broken long ago, and now her death means there won't be any reconciliation. Lily's gone, but the enchantments she wove and the secrets she kept still remain. In Lily's house, Jen and her daughter Marianne reluctantly confront the secrets of the past and present - and discover how dangerous we become when we're trying to protect the ones we love.

Summer We All Ran Away

Summer We All Ran Away

Author: Cassandra Parkin Format: eBook Release Date: 25/08/2015

'The story is fresh and original, written vividly and with flair. I was completely engrossed!' --Katherine Webb, international best-selling author'Beautiful... A fascinating tale of the meeting of lost souls. Of danger, and trust and self-worth. Read it.' --Jen Campbell, author of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops'A stunning debut... The storyline is original, the characters are fascinating, and over all this is simply a great read.' --The Bookbag'The characters grabbed my heart, the story pulled me in and I sailed through the pages... Put Cassandra Parkin's debut novel on your To-Read list.' --Women's WorldWhen nineteen-year-old Davey finds himself drunk, beaten and alone, he is rescued by the oddly assorted inhabitants of an abandoned and beautiful house in the West Country. Their only condition for letting him join them is that he asks them no questions.More than thirty years ago in that same house, burned-out rock star Jack Laker writes a ground-breaking comeback album, and abandons the girl who saved his life to embark on a doomed and passionate romance with a young actress. His attempt to escape his destructive lifestyle leads to deceit, debauchery and even murder.As Davey and his fellow housemate Priss try to uncover the secrets of the house's inhabitants, both past and present, it becomes clear that the five strangers have all been drawn there by the events and the music of that long-ago summer.

Beach Hut

Beach Hut

Author: Cassandra Parkin Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2015

'A beautiful maze of hidden pasts, family ties and fairytales' --Jen Campbell, author of The Bookshop Book'A thoughtful novel. Parkin creates authentic, interesting characters' --Carys Bray, Costa-shortlisted author of A Song for Issy Bradley'A great read' --The SunIt is autumn time and on a peaceful Cornish beach, Finn and his sister Ava defy planning regulations and achieve a childhood dream when they build themselves an illegal beach hut. This tiny haven will be their home until Ava departs at Midwinter for a round-the-world adventure.In the town, local publican Donald is determined to get rid of them. Still mourning the death of his wife, all he wants is a quiet place where he can forget the past and raise his daughter Alicia in safety. But Alicia is wrestling with demons of her own.As the sunshine fades and winter approaches, the beach hut stirs old memories for everyone. Their lives become entwined in surprising ways and the secrets of past and present are finally exposed.

The Beach Hut

The Beach Hut

Author: Cassandra Parkin Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/04/2015

'A beautiful maze of hidden pasts, family ties and fairytales' --Jen Campbell, author of The Bookshop Book 'A thoughtful novel. Parkin creates authentic, interesting characters' --Carys Bray, Costa-shortlisted author of A Song for Issy Bradley 'A great read' --The Sun It is autumn time and on a peaceful Cornish beach, Finn and his sister Ava defy planning regulations and achieve a childhood dream when they build themselves an illegal beach hut. This tiny haven will be their home until Ava departs at Midwinter for a round-the-world adventure. In the town, local publican Donald is determined to get rid of them. Still mourning the death of his wife, all he wants is a quiet place where he can forget the past and raise his daughter Alicia in safety. But Alicia is wrestling with demons of her own. As the sunshine fades and winter approaches, the beach hut stirs old memories for everyone. Their lives become entwined in surprising ways and the secrets of past and present are finally exposed.

The Summer We All Ran Away

The Summer We All Ran Away

Author: Cassandra Parkin Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/04/2015

'The story is fresh and original, written vividly and with flair. I was completely engrossed!' --Katherine Webb, international best-selling author 'Beautiful... A fascinating tale of the meeting of lost souls. Of danger, and trust and self-worth. Read it.' --Jen Campbell, author of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops 'A stunning debut... The storyline is original, the characters are fascinating, and over all this is simply a great read.' --The Bookbag 'The characters grabbed my heart, the story pulled me in and I sailed through the pages... Put Cassandra Parkin's debut novel on your To-Read list.' --Women's World When nineteen-year-old Davey finds himself drunk, beaten and alone, he is rescued by the oddly assorted inhabitants of an abandoned and beautiful house in the West Country. Their only condition for letting him join them is that he asks them no questions. More than thirty years ago in that same house, burned-out rock star Jack Laker writes a ground-breaking comeback album, and abandons the girl who saved his life to embark on a doomed and passionate romance with a young actress. His attempt to escape his destructive lifestyle leads to deceit, debauchery and even murder. As Davey and his fellow housemate Priss try to uncover the secrets of the house's inhabitants, both past and present, it becomes clear that the five strangers have all been drawn there by the events and the music of that long-ago summer.

The Summer We All Ran Away

The Summer We All Ran Away

Author: Cassandra Parkin Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/07/2013

'The story is fresh and original, written vividly and with flair. I was completely engrossed!' --Katherine Webb, international best-selling author 'Beautiful... A fascinating tale of the meeting of lost souls. Of danger, and trust and self-worth. Read it.' --Jen Campbell, author of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops 'A stunning debut... The storyline is original, the characters are fascinating, and over all this is simply a great read.' --The Bookbag 'The characters grabbed my heart, the story pulled me in and I sailed through the pages... Put Cassandra Parkin's debut novel on your To-Read list.' --Women's World When nineteen-year-old Davey finds himself drunk, beaten and alone, he is rescued by the oddly assorted inhabitants of an abandoned and beautiful house in the West Country. Their only condition for letting him join them is that he asks them no questions. More than thirty years ago in that same house, burned-out rock star Jack Laker writes a ground-breaking comeback album, and abandons the girl who saved his life to embark on a doomed and passionate romance with a young actress. His attempt to escape his destructive lifestyle leads to deceit, debauchery and even murder. As Davey and his fellow housemate Priss try to uncover the secrets of the house's inhabitants, both past and present, it becomes clear that the five strangers have all been drawn there by the events and the music of that long-ago summer.

New World Fairy Tales

New World Fairy Tales

Author: Cassandra Parkin Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/12/2011

In contemporary America, an un-named college student sets out on an obsessive journey of discovery to collect and record the life-stories of total strangers. The interviews that follow have echoes of another, far more famous literary journey, undertaken long ago and in another world. Drawing on the original, unexpurgated tales collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, six of their most famous works are re-imagined in the rich and endlessly varied landscapes of contemporary America. A haunting blend of romance and realism, these stripped-back narratives of human experience are the perfect read for anyone who has read their child a bedtime fairy story, and wondered who ever said these were stories meant for children.

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