J R Wallis


Thirteen-year-old James is desperate to escape a life ruled by his violent stepfather, whom he blames for his mother’s death.


When he discovers a homeless ex-soldier in an abandoned house, the course of his life changes forever.  Pursued by a band of travellers, the pair embark on a dangerous journey together desperate to find a ‘cure’ for a dark curse inflicted on the man.


Little do they know that what they discover will impact them both in ways they never imagined…


This is a gripping, magical and haunting story about loss and hope, perfect for fans of Patrick Ness and David Almond.


The Dark Inside is a contemporary fairy tale that touches on problems and emotions that affect human beings throughout their lives. It is sometimes frightening, sometimes touching, sometimes exciting and always thought-provoking. And it's just gorgeous. You should read it

The Bookbag
The Bookbag

This is a story of finding a cure for the pains of life really

Davina Andrew-Lynch, Children's Book Editor
Davina Andrew-Lynch , Children's Book Editor

THE DARK INSIDE is an exploration of the gaps we find within ourselves, especially when terrible things happen, and how important some sort of world view is in holding ourselves together...

Arts Council member
Arts Council member


Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

UK Publication

Simon & Schuster, January 2014

US Publication

On offer

Rights Sales

UK & Commonwealth: Simon & Schuster
Italian: De Agostini
Portuguese (Brazil): Novo Conceito