The Wolf of Allendale

wolf of allendale

The Wolf of Allendale and the associated story of the Hexham Heads provided the inspiration for my new novel. The tales intrigued me and Allendale and the surrounding hills provided a beautiful setting for the story.
Bert, an early 20th century Allendale shepherd, and Bran, the leader of an Iron Age community in the same location, are both struggling with a fearful beast which is stalking the countryside. Both face the loss of their age-old way of life – one through the Roman invasion, the other as the modern world approaches – and with it the loss of the ancient lore and traditions which provide the key to destroying the wolf.
The story explores the themes of destiny, change and loss, and the fact that some will always fall beneath the ever-turning wheels of time and change.