The Author

Gill Jepson is a well known and talented author from South Cumbria. She is married, has 3 grown up children and two young grandsons. She likes nothing better than exploring the beautiful Furness peninsula and this is a great inspiration for her stories.

She is passionate about Furness Abbey and is a founder member of "Furness Abbey Fellowship" a voluntary group who work alongside English Heritage to support the abbey.

She is the Group Leader for the Dystonia Society, a neurological charity in Furness and each year fundraises through the Keswick to Barrow Walk for them. The 40 mile walk through the spectacular Lakeland scenery gives her plenty of thinking time for her writing-as well as the odd blister.

She is a part time Heritage Property Steward at Furness Abbey and enjoys telling visitors about the abbey and its history.

Gill’s fantasy novels are set in the beautiful Furness peninsula and concentrate on the magnificent Furness Abbey. The books are packed with history, legends and stories from this incredible hidden corner of England.  Since the first book "Out of Time: The Secret of the Swan" was published in 2011 she has been writing furiously to add to the story and gaining a strong following of both children and adults.

"Guy the Grumpy Gargoyle" is a story for younger children and others are in the pipeline. The second and third in the Out of Time series, "Raven's Hoard" and "The Cistercian Conspiracy" are now available. 

She has recently been commissioned by Amberley Publishing to write books about the history of Barrow-in-Furness. The first book is Barrow-in-Furness Through Time. She is writing a second, "Secret Barrow-in-Furness" which will explore the less obvious and often obscured history of this unique area.

My Books

The Secret of the Swan

A fascinating blend of past and present, magic and time travel, all woven together with a real life experience and the emotions that go with it. It vividly describes lives in other times and will appeal to readers ages 9 upwards.


Nate is a young archaeologist who finds himself embroiled in an exciting and, at times, terrifying adventure involving smugglers, Vikings and treasure hunters. Suitable for age 9 upwards.

Guy the Grumpy Gargoyle

A fantasy picture story about friends and feelings that uses the traditions of storytelling to encourage sharing stories! By turns funny and sad, it will appeal to young readers aged 3-7.

Cistercian Conspiracy - Out of Time 3

Cistercian Conspiracy

Available now...  Rob and his siblings are beset by all kinds of dangers and he is involved in real race against time to solve the mystery of the Cistercian Conspiracy.

Guy and the Christmas Gargoyle

Guy and his brother Gregory ask for a special Christmas find their sister. They go looking for her in the snow and a special visitor helps them....

Barrow-in-Furness Through Time

Barrow started life as a small hamlet and grew to become an industrial leader, first in iron and steel and later in ship-building and engineering.

Secret Barrow-in-Furness

The little town at the ‘end of a cul-de-sac’ has many secrets just waiting to be discovered, and in Secret Barrow-in-Furness local author and historian Gill Jepson pulls back the curtains of history to reveal the forgotten, the strange, and the unlikely.

Barrow-in-Furness at work

Barrow-in-Furness at Work

In the early nineteenth century Barrow-in-Furness was a small village of 200 people, but within forty years its population had risen to almost 50,000.