Sorrowline, Book One of the Timesmith Chronicles, is my debut novel, a fantasy adventure for children. Sorrowline is published in the UK by Andersen Press and has been translated and published in Germany, Brazil and Thailand.


Twelve-year-old Jack Morrow is used to life being complicated. His mother died five years ago, and his father is now headed for prison. But then Jack discovers he’s a Yard Boy – someone with the ability to travel through Sorrowlines, the channels that connect every gravestone with the date of the person’s death – and he is quickly pulled into an adventure beyond anything he could have possibly imagined.

Finding himself in 1940s war-torn London, with his then-teenage grandfather, Davey, Jack soon realises that his arrival in the past has not gone unnoticed. The evil forces of a secret world are determined to find him – and to find out all he knows.

As Jack struggles to survive, he comes ever closer to unlocking the dark secret at the heart of his family, and to – just maybe – changing his own destiny . . .

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Buy Sorrowline in the UK

You can order Sorrowline from your local bookstore. Or you can buy online.


Praise for Sorrowline

‘What a terrific idea for a creepy time-travel thriller – wish I’d thought of it!’Stephen Cole, Doctor Who and children’s book author.

A very different time-travel story that really brings the past to life.‘ – Wendy Cooling, children’s book author.

‘Sorrowlines are a wonderful concept – a time-travelling method tapping into the sorrow that links every person’s gravestone with the time of their death. It makes absolute emotional sense and adds depth and layers to this fast-paced, high-stakes adventure.’ – Ann Coburn, author & playwrite.


Awards & Nominations

Winner – Northern Promise Prize, Northern Writers Awards 2011.

Short-listed – Warwickshire Secondary Book Award 2014

Short-listed – Spellbinding 2014, The Cumbrian Secondary Schools` Book Award

Long-listed – Blue Peter Book Awards 2014

Long-listed – Branford Boase Awards 2014




‘This book is a terrific, scary time-travel thriller!’  5stars  –

‘Pure brilliance. Every word of this book captivated my attention from the very beginning. Go get your copy now – go go go!’  5stars  –  Don’t be Rude. Read

‘It was one of the best books I’ve ever read and I’d happily say that a million times. I think Niel Bushnell will become the next J.K.Rowling, he’s a rising star. I cannot wait for the sequel, Timesmith!’ – Adrian (Goodreads)

‘I thought this book was fantastic.’ – SJ O’Hart

‘This is a thrilling story with a clever premise’The

‘I loved it from the first page.’ – Zoe, age 11. (Waterstones)

‘This book was very hard to put down, it is a brilliant story and I would recommend it to all teenagers.’ –  Shea Devlin, age 13 St. Colm’s High School, Draperstown Co. Derry N.I. (LoveReading4Kids.)

‘I borrowed this book from ‘Discovery Club’. It was awesome and I didn’t want to give it back!’ – Joey, age 11. (Waterstones)

‘This is a real action-packed fantasy adventure with lots of time travel.’The Children’s War Blogspot

‘The descriptions of the second world war are absolutely brilliant. I recommend this book to any lovers of Percy Jackson or Doctor Who. – Pearse Kelly age:12 School :St.Coms High School Draperstown N.I. (LoveReading4Kids.)

‘It had enough gore to keep me interested.’ – Nathan, age 10. (Waterstones)

‘It is action-packed and crammed full of emotive, frightening and heart-warming adventure. A tale of love, loss and living life to the full.‘ – Lily Fitzgerald, age 11. (LoveReading4Kids.)

‘It was really exciting. There should definitely be a sequel.’ – Charlotte, age 10. (Waterstones)

‘I would recommend this book to anyone 10 years and over and I give it 9/10 It’s a good book, I really enjoyed reading it.’ – Seth, age 13. (LoveReading4Kids.)

‘It was scary and gory in places but I like that.’ – James, age 11. (Waterstones)

‘Sorrowline is a fast, action-packed book, filled with time travel and adventure. This book has great vocabulary, great for extending the knowledge of children’s words.’ – James Newbery, age 10. (LoveReading4Kids.)

‘A high octane journey that is full of adventure and will keep you on your toes until the very last page. A must read for 2013 – it leaves you thinking about what might be coming in the next book.’Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books.

‘I sat down to read just a few pages and the next thing I knew the afternoon was gone and I’d reached the last page.’Juniper’s Jungle

‘The blend of fantasy world, time travel and modern day adventure will appeal to the kids who enjoy Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson.’100 great books before lunch

‘I’m HOOKED. IT. IS. AMAZING.’Robyn’s Nest

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  1. […] Sorrowline has already found international success and has been published in Germany, with Brazil and Thailand soon to follow. A sequel, Timesmith, will be published in the new year – pre-order HERE.  Sorrowline is available in paperback and e-book now. You can read an extract from it on Niel’s website here: […]

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