Catherine Doyle grew up in the West of Ireland. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Publishing. She is the author of the Young Adult Blood for Blood trilogy (Vendetta, Inferno and Mafiosa), which is often described as Romeo and Juliet meets the Godfather.
Her award-winning and bestselling middle grade début, The Storm Keeper's Island is set on the magical island of Arranmore, where her grandparents grew up. It has been translated into over 20 languages. The sequel, The Lost Tide Warriors, was published in July 2019, with the third to follow.
Catherine's modern re-imagining of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, titled The Miracle on Ebenezer Street, was published by Puffin books in October 2020.
Aside from more conventional interests in movies, running and travelling, Catherine also enjoys writing about herself in the third-person.
The Storm Keeper's Island
An island that never forgets.
A story you'll remember forever.
WINNER OF THE BAMB YOUNG READERS – MIDDLE GRADE AWARD 2018
WINNER OF THE INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP WEEK CHILDREN'S AWARD, 2019
INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLERS BOOK OF THE SEASON, WINTER 2018
WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE MONTH
THE BOOKSELLER BOOK OF THE MONTH
EASON'S BOOK OF THE MONTH
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'Magical in every way.' EOIN COLFER
'Funny, dark and blazingly beautiful.' KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE
'So magical and wild that it's like being swept away by the sea.' KATHERINE RUNDELL
'Imaginative and exhilirating.' REBECCA STEAD
'Magical ... An enchanting book. It's beautifully written.' MARIAN KEYES
'Heart-wrenching and heart-stopping, this is one gorgeous novel.' THE NEW YORK TIMES
'Acutely observed sibling dynamics, a house full of magical candles, and a vivid sense of history interwoven with Irish legend make for a standout novel, written in the vein of Susan Cooper and Pat O’Shea.' THE GUARDIAN
'Doyle is a supremely confident writer who manages to embrace some of fantasy’s most familiar tropes while never quite letting us feel that we’ve been here before. This is a book that should have any child glued to their deckchair.' THE TELEGRAPH
'The book of the season (if not the year) has to be this beautifully written fantasy adventure.' THE IRISH INDEPENDENT
'Doyle’s prose explodes with lyrical language as she deftly explores themes of loss, guilt, and how memory weighs on one’s soul...Doyle proves with this exquisite debut that she is a middle-grade fiction author to watch.' BOOKLIST *STARRED REVIEW
'Fans of Harry Potter or Percy Jackson can add Fionn Boyle as a generous and brave hero from the Emerald Isle.' SCHOOL LIBRARY CONNECTION *STARRED REVIEW
'Doyle infuses every aspect of the novel with the richness of Irish folklore and culture: readers will be captivated by descriptions of the Island’s beauty and magical history.' SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL *STARRED REVIEW
Illustration by Bill Bragg
When Fionn Boyle sets foot on Arranmore Island, it begins to stir beneath his feet...
Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. The time has come for Fionn’s grandfather, a secretive and eccentric old man, to step down. Soon, a new Keeper will rise. But deep underground, someone has been waiting for Fionn. As the battle to become the island’s next champion rages, a more sinister magic is waking up, intent on rekindling an ancient war.
Book two in the Storm Keeper series:
The Lost Tide Warriors
'Doyle’s talent for creating windswept, stormy tension and physical threat sweeps all before it.' – THE DAILY MAIL
In the spellbinding sequel to The Storm Keeper's Island, Fionn Boyle finds himself at the heart of the fight for the island's survival.
Fionn Boyle has been Storm Keeper of Arranmore for less than six months when thousands of terrifying Soulstalkers arrive on the island. The empty-eyed followers of the dreaded sorceress Morrigan have come to raise their leader and Fionn is powerless to stop them. The Storm Keeper's magic has deserted him and with his grandfather's memory waning, Fionn must rely on his friends Shelby and Sam to help him summon Dagda's army of merrows.
But nobody else believes the ferocious sea creatures even exist. And how can he prove he's right without any magic? As Fionn begins his search for the lost army, the other islanders prepare for invasion. The battle to save Arranmore has begun.
'Sparkles with wit and wisdom ... The Lost Tide Warriors is an unputdownable adventure.' – ABI ELPHINSTONE
'Doyle tempers the story’s ancient magical thrust with an engaging everyday drama... Fionn’s relationship with his grandfather is surely one of the most tender inter-generational relationships to find a voice in children’s literature' – THE IRISH TIMES
'Gripping fantasy adventure which cleverly reignites Irish mythology for modern readers.' – THE IRISH INDEPENDENT
'A masterfully written, truly legendary adventure. The Lost Tide Warriors feels like a journey across the darkest, wildest and most beautiful seas.'
– SOPHIE ANDERSON
'Even better than its wonderful predecessor. It's laugh out loud funny and heart-breaking in equal measure, with stakes so high that you can barely catch your breath until you turn the last page.' – LOUISE O'NEILL
Book three in the Storm Keeper trilogy:
The Storm Keepers' Battle
Coming March, 2021
Fionn Boyle, Storm Keeper of Arranmore, is facing the fight of his life. The terrifying all-powerful sorceress Morrigan has been raised from the dead and has sealed off the island from all help.
Fionn is the only thing that stands between her and a dark future. He's got to find a way to defeat her. But there are some terrible choices in store for Fionn as the dark sorcerer begins to take his nearest and dearest for her own. With only two candles left to burn, will Fionn master his powers in time to stop her?
The Miracle on Ebenezer Street
George and his father are about to spend their third Christmas without George's mother. Since she died, Hugo Bishop has thrown himself into his work, and has no time for George - and he definitely has no time for Christmas. It feels like they're living life in black and white.
Then, George stumbles across Marley's Curiosity Shop. There he finds a mysterious snow globe, which - though George can't quite understand how - appears to show a scene from George's past. A Christmas in which he and his family were together, and happy...
That night, George and his father are swept on an adventure to three Christmases - past, present, and future. With a little bit of hope, and just a touch of magic, can they begin living life in full colour again?
Old Marley's magic was beginning to stir...
A modern reimagining of Charles Dickens'
beloved classic, A Christmas Carol
Shortlisted for the Specsavers Children's Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2020