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The Best-Kept Secret

The Best-Kept Secret

Dragons don't often eat Lancashire folk.

They try now and then, but the clothes make them choke.


It may be the wellies, the flat caps or coats,

The wet-weather gear gets stuck fast in their throats.


A constant plume of smoke in the skies above the Ribble Valley is fuelling rumours that a local factory is the lair of a legendary fire-breathing beast - an ancient dragon, born of magic over four hundred years ago; when King James 1st ruled the land and the Lancashire witches ruled the air…


Author Sophie Stewart has brought one of the most intriguing periods of history to life with a humorous tale of sorcery and unconditional love. Sophie’s imagination and wry sense of fun are contagious to all who allow their imaginations to soar.


Beautifully designed and with fantastical illustrations by Eli John, this book is suitable for children (aged 7 up) and adults alike.

A magical children’s book set in and around The Ribble Valley and inspired by the Pendle Witches, folklore and legend.

40 page softback book with 16 full-page colour illustrations, printed on premuim silk coated paper.





  • Shipping and delivery

    The Best-Kept Secret is also in stock at the following stores in Clitheroe -  WHSmith, Raffia, The Cackling Witch, Clitheroe Castle Museum, The Platform Gallery and Melt in Waddington . See for contact details. 

    Orders placed locally (within an 8.5 mile radius of Clitheroe) will be hand-delivered free of charge if this option is made available to you at checkout. (This is automatically applied and determined by the Postcode entered at check-out) 

     Non-local domestic orders will be sent via Royal Mail  Tracked 24 . International orders will be sent via Royal Mail  using a tracked service.

    Delivery information relevant for each item is displayed on each product page, as well as in the basket and the checkout.

    Please note international orders  may be subject to additional import taxes, customs duties, and/or fees imposed by the destination country. These charges are typically due once the package arrives in the destination country. The buyer is responsible for paying any duties/fees/taxes on receipt of the package.

  • Returns

    If you have received damaged, defective, or incorrectly shipped goods, you may return it within 14 days of the delivery date for a full refund of the cost of the items returned, including initial shipping costs. Please be sure to contact us within 5 days of receiving your delivery to inform us of any damage or defects to process your return appropriately.



    If you have simply changed your mind, return your order within 14 days of the delivery date for a full refund minus the initial shipping costs. Return postage is to be covered by the sender.

    We recommend using a registered mail service that includes insurance for your returns, as we can only give you a refund or exchange if we receive the items. 

    If an item is not returned in its original state (unused), we may not be able to issue a full refund. 

    Please also ensure that you include details of your name, address and order number so that we can ensure that your return is processed as quickly as possible. Please be aware that if we receive an item that is ineligible for a refund or exchange, we are unable to repost it to you. 

    Please return the item(s) in their original condition  to the address listed below. Remember to ask the Post Office for a "proof of postage" receipt for your records.

    Mail to:

    Stonehill Press Returns

    19 King Lane


    BB7 1AA



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