Brendan Quayle

 Dr Brendan Quayle is an award-winning environmental writer and film maker. He is the author (with David Bellamy) of the best-selling England’s Last Wilderness and the seminal Turning the Tide.  He has recently turned his hand to writing fiction with his new book The Shining Stone.



Scots Irish of Manx ancestry, Brendan lives with his family in a wild wood in the North of England. Trained originally as an anthropologist, he studied amongst shamans and real-life sorcerers in the mountain tribes of the High Himalaya. His extraordinary experiences there, together with his lifelong interest in the myth and folklore of his Celtic ancestors, provide the inspiration and much of the source material for The Shining Stone.

About The Shining Stone


10,000 years after the Great Ice, evil is on the rise. The Morok, a murderous force, has taken over Erainn, the holy land of the tribes, and enslaved its keepers.

Osian, a young hunter, searching for his lost family, comes across a strange object, the Shining Stone, a thing of power, with links to the time before the Ice. He uses it as a weapon against the Morok, but learns it has a mission of its own – and a deadly secret.

Now hunted by the Morok, Osian joins a band of renegades led by the mysterious shaman Tiroc Og and journeys with them to the treacherous Fire Mountains, the lair of the Morok leader, there to seek his family and help free the slaves.

His mission must succeed. But he needs to find the secret of the Shining Stone – before it is too late.

The Shining Stone is due to be published 30th March
ISBN: 978-1-80042-229-2 

More about the author

 As a British film maker Dr Brendan Quayle has made numerous films about the British countryside and in particular the mountainous areas of the north of England. But it was the part drama, part documentary film The Lost Kingdom filmed in large format about tales of King Arthur and the theory that these originating in the north rather than the south that really fuelled his love of the legends surrounding the Celts, Angles and Saxons. And these peoples have become the focus of his own stories.

Author interview

Brendan talks about his work and the inspiration for his writing.

Non Fiction Books

England's Last Wilderness

A Journey Through the North Pennines

A land of moor and mountain, of hidden valleys and ancient woodland, the North Pennines are one of the most appealing, yet least discovered, areas of England. Nestling between the neighbouring National Parks of Cumbria and North Yorkshire, the North Pennines are officially designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and are a haven for some of the rarest plants and wildlife in Britain. Exploring the seven dales of the North Pennines, this book reveals their history, talks to their people, and above all sets out to capture the spirit of some of the highest, wildest scenery in the country. Taking the reader on a journey easily followed by a car-travelling family, and also suggesting walks at the end of each chapter, with accompanying maps, the authors make their way through a richly varied landscape of dramatic contrasts. Their conversations with the people of the dales produced accounts of ancient folk traditions, customs and songs.

ISBN: 978-1852831844


An Exploration Of The Lost Wilderness Of East Anglia

One of Britain's best-loved holiday areas, the Norfolk Broads, is currently under threat by dint of its very popularity. In this book the authors provide a wilderness tour of the Broads, the Cambridgeshire Fens and the coastal marshes. They discuss the region's past, present and future, and consider the world we are in danger of losing through pollution, drainage and changing land use. The text is enhanced by the use of many photographs throughout the book.

ISBN: 978-0283999833

Turning the Tide

Exploring the options for life on earth

ISBN: 978-0000219367

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