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THE SLEEPING GARDEN The True Story of Heligan   


Read about the creation of  'The Sleeping Garden' here

Available via my publisher Mabecron Books and on Amazon 

‘I can no longer live with the ghosts,’ he murmured as he locked the gates for the last time. The Sleeping Garden tells the true story of The Lost Gardens of Heligan, how a beautiful Cornish garden fell into neglect and silence following the outbreak of the Great War and how, in 1990, it was rediscovered and eventually brought back to vibrant and abundant life. The story has been lovingly and imaginatively created by author and illustrator Sarah Hewitt who tells a very human story at the heart of a book filled with all the beauty and colour of Heligan then and now.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan is a multi-award-winning garden attraction, in 2018 it won the Best UK Leisure Attraction by the British Travel Awards, awarded gold at the Cornwall Tourism Awards (Large Visitor Attraction), crowned BBC Countryfile Magazine’s ‘Garden of the Year’, and voted ‘Number 1 Garden in the South West’ by Garden News Magazine. In 2020 the Garden is celebrating 30-years since its discovery and reawakening with many special events taking place throughout the year.

Some of the super reviews from previous customers:

Hi Sarah, we recently visited Cornwall and my wife brought The Sleeping Garden. She read it to our boys who absolutely loved it and we have read it many, many times since for them.


Beautifully written with amazingly detailed illustration. The story of Heligan brought to life in a magical way
that will appeal to all ages. A book to treasure - can't wait to visit Heligan again now.


Paperback and Kindle

Come aboard and meet the Cornish Pasty Pirates!

This fun book is full of colourful illustrations with loads to see. Great fun to read with your child.

Read what 'Pirate FM' had to say about The Cornish Pasty Pirates in their brilliant Review: 

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CLARA The True Story of Clara the Rhino 

Paperback and Kindle

The True Story of the Rhino who became a Superstar!'Clara' tells the true story of a remarkable 18th century rhino, her extraordinary life and adventures. It is also the story of an unusual friendship. Colourful, heartwarming and thought provoking and told in simple language with charming, colourful and detailed illustrations, this tale will delight readers both young and old.


Some of the super reviews from previous customers:

A moving story told through highly-detailed illustrations which capture the feelings beautifully – we notice something new on each reading!

What a charming book this is, and so beautifully illustrated telling the remarkable true story of Clara...delightful.

GRANDAD A story to help children cope positively with bereavement

Paperback and Kindle

Second edition (published April 2020), my most successful and best loved title. 

A magical story about the relationship between Sarah and her Grandad and the happy fun-filled days they share. 

This colourful picture book helps children talk about the loss of a loved one and is a useful tool for parents and teachers when supporting children at such a sensitive time. Bright, highly detailed illustrations.


Author's note: The title is also available in a version entited GRANDPA

Some of the super reviews from previous customers:


Bereavement can be a tricky subject to tackle with children. A great story to read together. Amazing writing and lovely illustrations... my niece loved it, there is so much expression and detail.

The idea of a book to help children understand the concept of losing someone they love is always going to be difficult, but this book uses quite a subtle story to do it and with lovely illustrations. It's not an upsetting story, very much focussing on remembering happy times.