Hallowed Ground
Subtitle The Mystery of the African Fairy Circles
By Paul Twivy
Published By

The Conrad Press

ISBN 9781911546672
Fiction Genre Other
Publication Date 10/01/2019
Price 9.99
Paperback Hyperlink http://bit.ly/hallowed-ground
Ebook Hyperlink https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hallowed-Ground-mystery-African-Circles-ebook/dp/B07YDY9LF2


Three young teenagers and their families arrive, from China, America and the UK, in least-known and most haunting country in Africa.

They encounter the mysterious “Fairy Circles”: hundreds of miles of circles that grow and disappear with the same lifespan as humans: a true phenomenon as yet unsolved by science.

Authors Biography

Paul Twivy studied English at Oxford University and became one of the most famous British admen. He has written comedy and drama for the stage and radio. He edited the bestseller ‘Change the World for a Fiver’. His book on politics – ‘Be Your Own Politician’ – was much acclaimed.


“A compelling story about the passion of the young to save the planet….a mystery thriller for the Extinction Rebellion generation.”
Vanessa Feltz, BBC Radio 2

Leave a comment about this book:


  1. I read this book last year . It’s a fantastic gripping story set in the stunning landscape of Namibia with an extraordinary history. It is billed as a young adult novel but I, as a mature adult thoroughly enjoyed reading about the adventures of these 4 teenagers and couldn’t put the book down

  2. This book manages to combine a gripping plot line with a literary and thoughtful writing style, in a manner which is reminiscent of Philip Pullman’s young adult novels. The reader is immediately transported to the novel’s Namibian location and sucked into the well-crafted narrative, whilst the climate change angle adds another layer. A book for the heart and the head!

  3. This a great read. I was gripped as I read through and loved the strange and wonderful landscapes of Namibia. Also, some shocking and surprising moments – making it quite gripping.

  4. Very enjoyable. Crossed the boundary between adult and teenage literature.

  5. A gripping story and a really great read.

  6. Lively, sensitive characters. Very enjoyable

  7. Compelling for the adults and the teenagers in our family

  8. An imaginative fun story, well written with a
    serious theme underneath.

  9. My favourite book this year. It is an excellent story which will resonate with more adult audiences as well as its younger readership. With wonderful imagery and characterization throughout, this is a mature, creative intelligence at work on a powerful, contemporary theme.

  10. Great book and wonderful surprises throughout, I particularly like the classical elephant just beautiful. Most of all it’s message as a call to action in these challenging days on our special blue marvel in the cosmos

  11. A fascinating and entertaining read, well researched that is hugely enjoyable for all ages.

  12. I enjoyed reading this book and being taken back to Namibia. I read it a year ago and the story remains in my mind and many of the characters.

  13. Excellent well researched first novel suitable for all ages which takes the reader on a journey to the heart of Namibia.

  14. Great book, well researched

  15. A great read and a well constructed story line

  16. I enjoyed the book immensely – just what I needed during a lockdown in far-flung Devon. Hope another one’s on the way.

  17. Compelling read, kept me entertained during lockdown.

  18. Fascinating. Well-handled surprises throughout. Good stuff.

  19. Everything about this book is delightful: the children and their families, the magical tiger, the wonderful characters they meet along the way and the gentle references to conservation and environmental issues. But I think my favourite element is the moment where Lal realises what home really means. 

  20. Hallowed Ground is a thrilling adventure, the perfect fusion of fact, myth and magic that will capture the imagination of the reader and stay with them for ever.

  21. Fabulous read. Compelling!

  22. A fantastic book for children and adults. Highly recommended.

  23. A terrific tale in a marvellous setting. Several interesting threads and a thought-provoking ending. It should appeal to young, old and in between.

  24. A most enjoyable story which will appeal to all ages. Namibia is a fantastic setting. Thought provoking sentiment throughout

  25. Great geographic descriptions as well as of people and action. Highly recommended.

  26. A great companion during lock down!

  27. A really great read, so very atmospheric in the descriptions of Namibia etc and certainly thought-provoking with its serious undercurrent.
    Thoroughly enjoyed and good for all ages.

  28. I loved the story – I learned so much from it and it was such an interesting read!

  29. Gives an Insight into Namibia as a country. dealing with topical themes of protecting the past.

  30. Fabulous sense of place and a moving denouement. A love letter to Namibia.

  31. Hi. I read a few of your other posts and wanted to know if you would be interested in exchanging blogroll links?

  32. Wow, what a great read. Highly recommended.

  33. Brilliant book by a fantastic writer. Highly recommend.

  34. Good luck!

  35. Captivating read!

  36. All the best, Paul!

  37. Wishing you the very best of luck Paul.
    (Soulla Christodoulou, author of Alexander and Maria)

  38. A compelling read!

  39. Ripping yarn that pulls you into a world we need to understand, if there is to be a future.

  40. I loved this book. It wasn’t so much magic realism, but real magic, with the phenomenon of the circles providing a real, but somehow mystical backdrop. I bought it for teenage children of friends who all reported back that they found the narrative and the characters completely addictive. I also love the fact that Namibia is the setting, a country that is hardly ever in the spotlight.

  41. A great read and an original story – phenomenal!

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