The Stranger's Guide to Talliston

By John Tarrow

A Young Adult fantasy adventure inspired by 'Britain’s Most Extraordinary Home', Talliston House & Gardens

Friday, 24 August 2018


With the story & development edit done, cover briefed and the copy edit in progress, The Stranger's Guide To Talliston is well on its way for publication. While we work to make this special edition of the book, I wanted to share the core tenets or principles behind Joe's journey through the labyrinth. To illustrate these, here are three pages from the recent talk I gave at the Finchingfield Guidhall.


The principle of Accepting Others for who and what they are.

The Stranger’s Guide To Talliston offers a viewpoint of inclusiveness, and how we should accept each and every culture, faith and life choice as having equal value and status.



The principle of being an individual with our own beliefs, ideas and makes their own path through their life.

The novel promotes a core message focusing on the extraordinary within the ordinary – and how we each have within us the power to create our own lives. And not by a fairy godmother waving a magical wand, but by dreaming and doing to bring our dreams to life.



The principle of valuing our world and focusing on living as part of that ecosystem.

The book has a strong ecological message, centring around nurturing our environment rather than consuming it. It teaches us to produce not consume, and to cherish the natural world as sacred. By setting the thirteen rooms within the last magical places on earth, it shows the struggle to keep alive those places most precious.

John Tarrow is looking for opportunities to give his talk in secondary schools to children aged 11-16. If you have contacts within your local school, be it in the English department, library or reading groups, please get in touch. The talk is an exploration of the house and novel, and explores these key messages, and the fantastical world of The Stranger's Guide To Talliston. You can contact him here.

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