Abie Longstaff

  • 5 stars across 71 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... MoreThe Fairytale Hairdresser and the Princess and the Pea

(21 reviews) Review
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 ... MoreThe Fairytale Hairdresser and Beauty and the Beast

(18 reviews) Review
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 best... MoreThe Trapdoor Mysteries: A Sticky Situation: Book 1

(18 reviews) Review
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... MoreHow to Catch a Witch

(16 reviews) Review
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... MoreHow to Bewitch a Wolf

(12 reviews) Review
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... MoreThe Fairytale Hairdresser and the Sugar Plum Fairy

(9 reviews) Review
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... MoreThe Fairytale Hairdresser and the Little Mermaid

(9 reviews) Review
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... MoreThe Fairytale Hairdresser and Aladdin

(9 reviews) Review
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... MoreThe Fairytale Hairdresser and Cinderella

(8 reviews) Review
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... MoreThe Fairytale Hairdresser and Rapunzel

(7 reviews) Review
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