The Stranger's Guide to Talliston

By John Tarrow

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

Monday, 7 December 2020


As we approach the end of the year, I wanted to get in one more update with news of what is happening with the books, house and gardens. On the publication front everything is in hiatus as the sequel and non-fiction manuscripts await next steps. Though there has been lots of work creating video and behind-the-scenes content for The Talliston Fellowship and setting the house for our faerie tale installation and decorations this Christmas. Hopefully there's enough pennies to support us through to the end of the year...


Enjoy a fantastical winter celebration with us as this holiday season the house and gardens has a Faerie Tale theme – with each tour ending with an indulgent fantasy feast!​

Until Sunday 10th January, Talliston House & Gardens is transformed with decorations, candles and more as we set the house for a truly spectacular winter season. So what better time to visit by booking one of our seasonal teas and tours. Enter an enchanted world of light, music, colour and sound as you tour each of the thirteen rooms of Talliston and then take tea at a fully decorated candlelit table in the Victorian Watchtower. More info here.


We have a new look shop with great book bundles, free gift wrapping and some extraordinary items, including this last framed artwork inspired by the Talliston novel.

"And there was moored the strangest ship Joe had ever seen. It was half-boat, half-tree, its single mast fashioned from a leafless oak. In its branches brightly coloured flags fluttered." From chapter V The Stranger's Guide To Talliston.

A collaboration between myself and artist Marcus G J Cotton, this stunning artwork imagines the magical ship The Leiðarstjarna (The Lodestar) from The Stranger's Guide To Talliston. ​Printed on Satin 200gsm quality paper, this A2 (420mm x 594mm) colour artwork comes either framed (black mounted inlay box frame (600mm x 50mm) or unframed.


A complete story in letters, this takes place as a prequel to the events in The Stranger's Guide To Talliston.

Available for the first time, we present all thirteen letters in one complete set. Read the entire story, marvel at the beautiful watercolour artwork by Rebecca Solow, all the while discovering more secrets and locations from the labyrinth of Talliston.

Though not personalised or signed, this 60-page book pack comes complete with a printed presentation cover artwork and clear cover. The perfect gift for anyone who has read the story and wants to following another child back into the labyrinth.

Best wishes and hope you stay safe this winter.


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