Reader Reviewed Ferryman by Claire McFall


Written by Claire McFall

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Winner of the Older Readers Category (12-16 Years) Scottish Children’s Book Award 2013 - March 2013 Debut of the Month A truly moving, epic love story, that's exciting, scary, funny, thought-provoking and utterly original from a debut author with a very bright future ahead of her. Definitely for 14+ year olds.

A Piece of Passion from the Editor, Helen Boyle

We're extremely excited to be publishing Claire McFall's debut novel Ferryman on the Templar Fiction list.

I was drawn into Dylan's story from the very first chapter. Claire's writing is fresh and modern, she's a brilliant storyteller and her characters read like real teenagers.

I hope you love Ferryman as much as I do.


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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Ferryman a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'probably one of the best Young Adult romance books I have ever read.'.... Scroll down to read more reviews...


Ferryman by Claire McFall

Ferryman by Scottish newcomer and teacher Claire McFall is an epic love story and adventure like no other. It combines the compulsive horror of The Hunger Games with a love story against the odds to rival Twilight. When teenage girl Dylan leaves her Scottish home to visit an estranged father she hardly knows, she is involved in a train crash. Emerging onto a remote hillside, she is met by a strange but handsome teenage boy called Tristan. He is her ‘ferryman,’ sent to accompany her across the wasteland, the divide between life and the after-life. So begins a journey where Dylan will learn about herself and what she is capable of; an epic love story against the odds and a personal odyssey, in a dark world haunted by ‘wraiths’ – the howling demons sent to suck souls down to the depths and final, eternal death.


Amy Knight McFall has created unique, convincing and memorable characters in a beautiful, somewhat deathly setting. Click here to read the full review

Emily Setchell
I just didn't want to stop reading it. One of the best books I have ever read....Click here to read the full review

Eloise Greenberry, 16 This book is a must read and the only question you will want to ask at the end is: When does the author release another book? Click here to read the full review

Harriet Cunningham ....probably one of the best Young Adult romance books I have ever read.....Click here to read the full review

Emer O’Brien 13 It was refreshing to read this book because the romance wasn't contrived in any way.....Click here to read the full review

About the Author

Claire McFall

Claire McFall grew up just south of Glasgow in the heart of Celtic and Rangers country, and she now teaches English to teenagers in Peebles, Scotland where she lives.

Claire's work is, in essence, all about first love and difficult decisions. Her novels take romantic narratives and engaging characters and hurl them into unusual and extreme settings. She then explores her characters’ reactions to these unfamiliar situations and the new and confusing feelings that beset them in a hyper-real, engaging, deeply poignant and literary manner. She is fascinated by teenagers and what makes them tick and by the transforming power of love.

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336 pages
Interest Age: From 13


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Publication date

1st March 2013




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