Claire McFall


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  • A thought-provoking and truly original story of a love that refuses to be limited by death
  • In the aftermath of a horrific train crash, Dylan meets Tristan, a Ferryman tasked with guiding her soul to the afterlife. Can their love overcome the boundaries of death?
  • Revised reissue of the stunning, award-winning debut novel

Dylan is dead. Tristan is a Ferryman, a guide for souls in the afterlife. Can their love survive her death? A thought-provoking and truly original story of a love that refuses to be limited by death. Reissue of the stunning, award-winning debut novel.

Floris Books
Age Range:
From 15 years
320 pages
Publication date:
27 Jul 2017
2nd edition


Dylan has escaped a horrific train crash unscathed.

Except she hasn't.

The bleak landscape around her isn't Scotland. It's a wasteland haunted by wraiths searching for human souls.

And the stranger waiting for her isn't an ordinary boy. Tristan is a Ferryman, tasked with transporting her soul safely to the afterlife, a journey he's made a thousand times before.

Except this time, something's different.

Torn between love and destiny, Dylan realises she can't let Tristan go, nor can she stay with him. Eventually, inevitably, the wraiths would capture her soul and she would be lost forever.

Can true love overcome the boundaries of death?

Ferryman is a thought-provoking and truly original story of a love that refuses to be limited by death. This stunning, award-winning debut novel is being reissued to coincide with the publication of the eagerly-anticipated sequel, Trespassers.


'... Touching, often funny and sometimes harrowing... The 39 Steps crossed with The Lord of the Rings.'
-- The Guardian

'Ferryman was happy, sad, gripping, beautiful, heart wrenching and everything in between.'
-- Read and Repeat blog

'Good characters, great development, compelling story and lovely prose.'
-- Queen Ella Bee Reads blog

'McFall has created great characters, a romance I loved and a landscape that is fresh. Highly recommend!'
-- Reading Away the Days blog

'Ferryman is an addictive read which will tear your heart out and rip it to shreds, but carry on reading because this story needs to be told!'
-- Readraptor blog

'Ferryman is a book that will have you hooked from the very first page, hooked to every word and storming through the book, 100% addicted.'
-- The Book Addicted Girl blog

'I very quickly fell in love with Claire McFall's Ferryman... It's a beautiful story, which sinks you deeper and deeper into the characters, the world and the suspense.'
-- Idea for Today blog

'It is a thrilling read that is emotionally captivating, is intense, uplifting and ultimately tragic all at the same time... Powerful, slightly tranquil, delicate and almost needs its own genre to describe it.'
-- Daydreamers Thoughts blog

'... a really interesting premise for a book carried out exceptionally well. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any young adult... I will also be recommending that the shop gets it in along with the sequel Trespassers'.
-- Kelly MacDonald (Waterstones Bookseller)

'Overall I thought Ferryman was brilliant, it’s honestly a must read, I can’t recommend this book enough.'
-- Fantastic Book Dragon blog


Claire McFall is a writer and a teacher who lives and works in the Scottish Borders. Her first book, Ferryman, won a Scottish Children's Book Award, was long-listed for the Branford Boase Award and nominated for the Carnegie Medal. She is also the author of dystopian thriller Bombmaker and paranormal thriller Black Cairn Point, winner of the inaugural Scottish Teenage Book Prize.

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