The Battle for Gullywith By Susan Hill Published by Bloomsbury ISBN 978 0 7475 9477 2 Susan Hill is a best-selling English novelist with more than 30 books to her credit. She has written novels for adults, collections of short stories, detective stories and books for children. Her two hit ghost stories, The Woman in Black and The Man in the Picture, are spooky modern classics. Her new novel, The Battle for Gullywith, is a fantasy adventure for teenagers and it is packed with her trademark ingenious plotting and careful characterisation. Young Olly Brown's parents have decided to uproot the family from the stress of London and move to a more peaceful life deep in the English countryside. They've bought Gullywith Farm, a ramshackle property on the edge of an isolated rural village. Life here is going to be very different for Mr and Mrs Brown and their two children. Olly has lived all his life in the big city, and is not convinced that the family move into the country is a good idea. His first few days at Gullywith Farm are just as he feared they would be. The place is a mess. How can the Browns make a home out of this damp, miserable, run-down old farmhouse? Olly suspects that his mother knows she has made a mistake. His father seems to not care what is happening to the family. Olly feels alone and very, very dejected. Of course, it isn't long before strange things start to happen at Gullywith Farm and the exciting adventure begins.