Lili Hayward is a beguiling new voice. Her prose is stunning and effortless; I devoured every word. Breath-taking and beautiful, evocative and richly described, The Cat of Yule Cottage has magic sewn into every page.

Tilly Tennant, author of Christmas at the Little Village Bakery

As Lili Hayward I’m the author of The Cat of Yule Cottage (2016) and A Midwinter’s Tail (coming October 2023); a magical, festive novella, featuring romance, Cornish folklore, Christmas and cats, set on the Isles of Scilly.


Lili Hayward (otherwise known as bestselling historical fiction author Laura Madeleine) is a writer from the West Country with a love for folklore and magical tales. She lives in Somerset with her partner and keeps the company of an elderly and opinionated ex-stray black cat.

She is represented by Meg Davis of Ki Agency and is the author of The Cat of Yule Cottagepublished by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK, Newton Compton in Italy, Piper Verlag in Germany and Bai Hua Zhou Literature and Art Publishing House in China.

You can find Lili Hayward online as @lilihaywardauthor on Instagram and @lilihayward on Twitter.

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