Sophie Kirtley
Sophie Kirtley grew up in Northern Ireland, where she spent her childhood climbing on hay bales, rolling down sand dunes and leaping the wild Atlantic waves. Nowadays she lives in Wiltshire with one husband, three children, two cats, three guinea pigs, five fish and an uncountable number of newts.

Sophie has always loved stories: she taught English in secondary schools for many years and has worked in a theatre, a bookshop and a tiny pub where folk tell fairytales by candlelight. Sophie is also a prize-winning, published poet, writing for both adults and children.

Hartboy was shortlisted for the 2017 Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize and for SCBWI The Hook 2017. Her picture book Moles … according to Mike won the 2017 Writing Magazine Picture Book Prize.

Sophie is represented by Nancy Miles of  Miles Stott .


About  Hartboy

It’s 7767BC. Deep in the ancient forest a baby is crying, all alone. She’s just been born, but already her ma is dead and her pa has gone. Only her big brother, Hartboy, is left to care for her. But Hartboy has just fallen in the river …

The time is now. In the very same forest Charlie is running: running away from a family at breaking point; running away from tomorrow; running towards the river …

As past and present entwine, Charlie and Hartboy find themselves fighting for survival and learning that friendship is stronger than fear.