Press Kit

Please email questions to Jessica here

Jessica’s publisher, Grimbold Books, can be found here.


Jessica Rydill is a British fantasy author from Bath. Born in 1959, she studied English at King’s College, Cambridge before qualifying as a solicitor. She travelled a lot in her twenties. Orbit Books published her first novel, Children of the Shaman, in 2001, and Locus magazine short-listed it for best first novel. Sequel The Glass Mountain appeared in October 2002.
Since 2017, small press Grimbold Books has reissued both books, with sequels Malarat and Winterbloom.
Jessica’s latest book, The Girl from the Sea, came out in 2019, and Tunguska is in preparation.
Jessica lives near Bath with her husband and her crew of Ball-jointed dolls or BJD, which aren’t creepy. Though they can be badly behaved…


My Brother Jonathan short-listed for the Ian St James Award 1999

Children of the Shaman short-listed for Locus Best First Novel of 2001

Children of the Shaman was a finalist in the Best Fantasy (Contemporary/Urban Fantasy) category of the Best of the Independent eBook Awards 2018


My Brother Jonathan (short story) New Writer Magazine 1999

Children of the Shaman – Orbit 2001

The Glass Mountain – Orbit 2002

Children of the Shaman – Roc Fantasy 2001

Die Eisgöttin Kristallwelt 01 – Blanvalet 2004 (translated by Marianne Schmidt)

Der Glaserne Berg Kristallwelt 02 – Blanvalet 2005 (translated by Marianne Schmidt)

The Anniversary in Anniversaries – NewCon Press 2010

Malarat 2013

Children of the Shaman – 2014

The Glass Mountain – 2015



Children of the Shaman – Grimbold Books 2017


Glass Mountain


The Glass Mountain – Grimbold Books 2019



Terra Nullius

Terra Nullius edited by Kate Coe and Ellen Crosháin: short story Terra Incognita 2018





Malarat – Grimbold Books 2019




cover_winterbloom_9x6-1 Winterbloom – Grimbold Books 2019




78d437ea-ec70-4c8f-8077-014dd4d31d04The Girl from the Sea – Midford Books 2019