Paula Brackston

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Paula Brackston
BornDorset, England
Pen nameP. J. Brackston
P. J. Davy
Mabli Roberts
Visiting lecturer
EducationM.A. in Creative Writing
Alma materLancaster University
GenreContemporary fantasy
Historical fantasy
Historical mystery

Paula Brackston (aka P. J. Brackston, P. J. Davy, and Mabli Roberts) is the New York Times bestselling[1][2] author of The Witch's Daughter and other historical fantasy novels. She also writes the fantasy crime Brothers Grimm Mystery series under the pseudonym P. J. Brackston.[3][4]

Life and writing career[edit]

Prior to solidifying her career as a fiction writer, Brackston worked as a groom on a racing yard, a travel agent, a secretary, an English teacher, and a goat herd.[5] She attended Lancaster University, where she received her M.A. in creative writing. Brackston is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Wales, Newport.[6]

She was born in Dorset, England, and grew up in Wales, where she now lives with her partner and their two children.[7] She has lived in Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, where The Winter Witch takes place, and spent six years in central London near Fitzroy Square, where The Midnight Witch is set in seventeenth-century England. Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, the main character of The Witch's Daughter, lived in Brackston's hometown of Dorset.[8][9][6]

Brackston's debut novel, The Witch’s Daughter,[10][11][12] was originally published in February 2009 under the title The Book of Shadows and was intended as the first book in the proposed Shadow Chronicles series, followed by The Winter Witch.[13][14][15] However, each of the novels are standalones that explore witches and their experiences through different times and settings.[5] The Witch’s Daughter spawned a sequel titled The Return of the Witch in 2016. In Lamp Black, Wolf Grey, Brackston introduces Merlin as one of the main characters in the story.[3]


As Paula Brackston[edit]

Found Things

  • The Little Shop of Found Things (2018)
  • Secrets of the Chocolate House (2019)
  • The Garden of Promises and Lies (2020) [7]

The Witch’s Daughter

  • The Witch’s Daughter (2011, originally titled The Book of Shadows and published by Snowbooks in 2009)[16]
  • The Return of the Witch (2016)

Short Story

  • The Witches of the Blue Well (December 2012, prelude to The Winter Witch)

Standalone Novels

  • The Winter Witch (2013)
  • The Midnight Witch (2014)
  • The Silver Witch (2015)
  • Lamp Black, Wolf Grey (2015, first published by Snowbooks in 2010)[17][18]


  • The Dragon's Trail: Wales on Horseback (1999)[19]


  • In Her Element: Women and the Landscape (2008)[20]
  • Front Porch: American Athenaeum (2013)[21]

As P. J. Brackston[edit]

Brothers Grimm Mysteries

  • Gretel and the Case of the Missing Frog Prints (2015)
  • Once Upon a Crime (2015)
  • The Case of the Fickle Mermaid (2016)[22]
  • The Sorcerer’s Appendix (2017)[23]

As P. J. Davy[edit]

  • Nutters (2009)[24]
  • Village Fate: A Country Tale of Cooks, Crooks and Chickens (2010)[25]

As Mabli Roberts[edit]

  • God's Children (2019)[26]


  1. ^ "The Witch's Daughter | Paula Brackston | Macmillan". US Macmillan. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  2. ^ "Best Sellers: Combined Print & E-Book Fiction: Sunday, January 20th 2013". The New York Times Book Review. The New York Times Company. 2013-01-20. p. 21. Gale Document Number: GALE|A315669018. Retrieved 2017-05-30 – via Literature Resource Center.
  3. ^ a b "Catching up with Paula Brackston, author of Lamp Black, Wolf Grey | My Bookish Ways". Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  4. ^ "Author: Brackston, Paula". NoveList Plus. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  5. ^ a b Fergus, Stefan (2013-09-19). "Civilian Reader: An Interview with PAULA BRACKSTON". Civilian Reader. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  6. ^ a b "Interview: The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston". The Lit Bitch. 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  7. ^ a b "Paula Brackston | Authors | Macmillan". US Macmillan. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  8. ^ Brown, Eric (2015-01-16). "The best science fiction in January – review roundup". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  9. ^ "Fiction Book Review: The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston". Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  10. ^ "THE WITCH'S DAUGHTER by Paula Brackston". Kirkus Reviews. October 12, 2010. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  11. ^ Maine, David (May 29, 2012). "The Multi-Stranded Tale, 'The Witch's Daughter', Can't Quite Leave Genre Conventions Behind". PopMatters. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  12. ^ Shipley, Kelci (2011-01-12). "What We're Reading: The Witch's Daughter". Marie Claire. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  13. ^ "THE WINTER WITCH by Paula Brackston". Kirkus Reviews. October 29, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  14. ^ Brackston, Paula (2009-02-02). The Book of Shadows. London: Snowbooks Ltd. ISBN 9781905005970.
  15. ^ Brown, Eric (2013-11-20). "Science fiction roundup – reviews". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  16. ^ Brackston, Paula (2009). Book of shadows. London: Snowbooks. ISBN 9781906727123. OCLC 245565547.
  17. ^ Brackston, Paula (2010). Lamp black, wolf grey. London: Snowbooks. ISBN 9781906727482. OCLC 465369895.
  18. ^ "Paula Brackston Book List - FictionDB". Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  19. ^ Brackston, Paula (1999). The dragon's trail: Wales on horseback. Wilmslow: Sigma Leisure. ISBN 1850586926. OCLC 59423420.
  20. ^ "In Her Element by , Published by Honno". Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  21. ^ "Our Publications". Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  22. ^ "P.J. Brackston Book List - FictionDB". Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  23. ^ "P.J.Brackston | Kate Hordern Literary Agency". Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  24. ^ Davy, P. J (2009). Nutters. London: Snowbooks. ISBN 9781906727215. OCLC 320496144.
  25. ^ Davy, P. J (2010). Village fate: a country tale of cooks, crooks, and chickens. London: Bookline and Thinker. ISBN 9780956517746. OCLC 664324806.
  26. ^ "New Welsh Review". New Welsh Review. Retrieved 2020-02-29.

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