Phyllis Bray (1911–1991) was an English painter, illustrator, and muralist. She excelled at the Slade School of Fine Art and later married John Cooper, founder of the East London Group of artists, of which she was also a member. Her work is in several public collections in Britain and, through her collaborations with the well-known muralist Hans Feibusch, on display in churches and other buildings throughout the country.
Unbeknownst to her, Emilys ancient ancestral home is a portal to the past. Transported to Elizabethan times, she is swept up in attempts to free the imprisoned Mary, Queen of Scots. Uttley is one of Englands most beloved storytellers for children. Here she mixes enchantment and intrigue with stunning descriptions of rural life.