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Abie Longstaff

  • 5 stars across 60 books
    Abie Longstaff Biography
    Abie Longstaff is the eldest of six children and grew up in Australia, Hong Kong and France. She knows all about squabbling and bossing younger sisters around so she began her career as a barrister. She started writing when her children were born. Her books include The Fairytale Hairdresser series, The Magic Potions Shop books and The Trapdoor Mysteries. She has a lifelong love of fairy tales and mythology and her work is greatly influenced by these themes. 

    Abie got the idea for the Trapdoor Mysteries from her parents' house in France. The house is big and old, with lots of rooms and outbuildings. In one of the bedrooms, there is a secret entrance hidden in a fireplace. It leads to a room that was used by the French Resistance during the war. It was the perfect idea for a book! 

    Abie lives with her family by the seaside in Hove.

    Abie Longstaff Facts
    Abe loves writing for children because she has very clear and happy memories of her childhood and loves that feeling of disappearing into a little world of imagination. Many of her story ideas come from the crazy games she plays with her own children.

    Our favourite Abie Longstaff Book Characters
    Tally and Squill - from The Trapdoor Mysteries
    Charlie - from How To Bewitch A Wolf
    Kitty Lacey - from The Fairytale Hairdresser series

    Our favourite Abie Longstaff Book Quotes
    "As quick as she could, Kittie pulled out her hand mirror. She held it up high in the air. The sleeping spell bounced off and whoosh! it hit the wicked fairy" (The Fairytale Hairdresser)

    "Tally is an orphan. She works as a servant and sleeps in the kitchen sink. But all around her there are secret passages, ancient mysteries and magical adventures just waiting to be found." (The Trapdoor Mysteries)


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    8th September 2016

    The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Princess and the Pea

    Princesses from all across the land are flocking to fairyland village for the chance to marry the prince. But one prince... More

    (20 reviews)
    10th March 2016

    The Fairytale Hairdresser and Beauty and the Beast

    The Big Bad Beast's heart is melted by Bella, the most beautiful girl in Fairy Land - but could she ever love someone ... More

    (18 reviews)
    8th February 2018

    The Trapdoor Mysteries: A Sticky Situation: Book 1

    The first book in The Trapdoor Mysteries, a series about Tally, a code-breaking, animal-loving servant girl and her ... More

    (18 reviews)
    6th October 2016

    How to Catch a Witch

    Charlie and her family have moved from the big city to a small country village, and everything feels wrong. The co... More

    (16 reviews)
    5th October 2017

    How to Bewitch a Wolf

    The exciting sequel to How To Catch a Witch by Abie Longstaff. Charlie is finally testing her powers as... More

    (12 reviews)
    10th September 2015

    The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Sugar Plum Fairy

    Kittie Lacey is the best hairdresser in all of Fairyland. . .Everyone in Fairyland is very excited for the winter ballet... More

    (9 reviews)
    7th May 2015

    The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Little Mermaid

    The little memaid is all in a lather - the Sea Witch has stolen her beautiful singing voice! The Fairytale Hairdre... More

    (9 reviews)
    9th March 2017

    The Fairytale Hairdresser and Aladdin

    Meet Kittie, the BEST hairdresser in all of fairylandKittie Lacey is off on a very overdue holiday on Aladdin's Magic Ca... More

    (9 reviews)
    27th September 2012

    The Fairytale Hairdresser and Cinderella

    Kittie Lacey is the best hairdresser in all of Fairyland. . . A brave, stylish heroine for whom no tangle is too trouble... More

    (8 reviews)
    6th January 2011

    The Fairytale Hairdresser and Rapunzel

    Meet Kittie, the BEST hairdresser in all of fairyland! Join Kittie Lacey, as she helps play cupid (and hairdres... More

    (7 reviews)
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