Rachel Burge is the author of The Twisted Tree, The Crooked Mask, and Waking the Witch, published Hot Key Books/Bonnier.

The Twisted Tree is a Kindle bestseller, with the paperback now on its sixth print run. It’s stocked in Waterstones, Foyles and independents across the UK, as well as Norway, Finland, S Africa and Australia, with translation rights sold to France (Casterman), Russia (Eksmo), Turkey (Epsilon Yayincilik), Poland (Zielona Sowa) and Romania (Editura Paralela).

The title won The Centurion Book Award 2020, as voted for by children in schools across Bath and Somerset, and was selected as ‘Children’s Book of the week’ by The Sunday Times, who described it as, ‘a creepy and evocative fantasy.’

An experienced workshop leader, Rachel gives talks to schools and is a guest speaker on Cardiff University’s Writing for YA course, where her novels are set texts. Topics include how to get published, and how to write stories based on fairytales and myth.

She’s spoken at various festivals, including Cheltenham Literature Festival (joining Frances Hardinge and Steve Feasey discussing the influence of ghost stories, folklore and myth on their books), YALC (with Adrienne Young, Bex Hogan, Kesia Lupo and P.M. Freestone as the new voices of YA fantasy) and CYMERA (with Helen Grant and Claire McFall talking about love and loss and the ghosts that haunt us).

For rights queries, please contact:
– Television & Film Rights: Marc Simonsson at SoloSon Media
– Amber Caraveo of Skylark Literary

Here you can read more about The Twisted Tree & sequel, The Crooked Mask, find out more about me and contact me

East Hoathly doggy day care, walks & boarding

Do you need someone to walk your dog, or prefer them to stay in a comfortable home environment rather than kennels when you go away? Based in East Hoathly, I’m an experienced previous dog owner and would love to take care of your pet. For prices & availability, please phone Rachel: 07984182237.

  • Dog walking.
  • Doggy day care at my home in East Hoathly, with a secure, high-fenced garden.
  • Overnight stay. Your pet stays in my home, charged per 24-hours, includes walks.
    (I’m happy to follow your usual home routine/rules, which helps reassure animals who are not used to being away from home).
  • Drop-in visits to walk, feed, and play with your pet.
  • Fully insured. Trained in basic dog first aid. Licensed by Wealden District Council.


I’ve worked from home for the past 15 years, first as a feature writer, and then as an author writing young adult fantasy novels.

I was lucky to share my life with a special black Labrador named Biff (left), for 14 years. I would work on plot problems while we walked through the woods and he kept me company while I wrote at my computer.

I love walking and find it helps me to be creative. Now Biff has passed away, I have more time and love to give other dogs – and maybe even whisper my story ideas to them!


“Rachel has looked after my dog Rey many times and has stayed in my property for a week to take care of Rey and my cat while we were on holiday. I appreciated getting photo updates and knowing they were happy and cared for. If you’re looking for a reliable and trustworthy dog walker or sitter, I’ve no hesitation in recommending her.”
Ruth Simon-House, East Hoathly

“Taitti always looks forward to her walks with Rachel and loves going for sleep overs!

It’s great having someone local who I can ask to walk her, or just check in on her if we’re going out for the day.”
Maz Beal, East Hoathly



“Our dog Albert loves going for walks with Rachel and always enjoys staying with her. She’s also slept at our house for a week while we went on holiday. As well as giving him company, it was nice having the extra security of knowing someone was in the house while we were away.”
Kelly Rowlinson, Waldron


“If you’re looking for a reliable and friendly dog walker, I can 100% recommend Rachel. She’s taken Fergus on walks while I was at work, and has often managed to fit me into her schedule at short notice. Fergus is always incredibly excited to see her!”
Ruth O’Rourke-Jones, East Hoathly

“I asked Rachel for help after I had an accident which meant I couldn’t get out and about as much. Maisie loved going for walks with her.”
Michele Bunney, East Hoathly