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Manchester 1895. In the midst of a heatwave, a sinister killer stalks the city. One by one the victims are brought to Arnold Kelley and Daughter – Undertakers of Distinction for their professional services. Sophia Kelley is clairvoyant, and the souls of the victims reach out to her. She experiences visions of their relationship with the killer; she sees their terrible deaths at his hands. In 1888, Jack the Ripper’s victims were all working girls and the Manchester killer is equally selective. He chooses young, middle-class women who are tall, blonde and engaged in professions that in previous decades had been taken by men. Sophia is such a one. Society’s attitude to women is changing and the killer objects.
Sophia is engaged to marry a police sergeant, Nathaniel Roberts, and they each uncover clues to the killer’s identity which do not blend until almost the last moment, when both their lives hang in the balance.
A novel for adults. 446 pages.
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It’s World War One. In a beautiful mansion on a hill, the ghosts of past ages and present nightmares weave coils around a nurse and a soldier. February 1915, the Great War is gathering momentum and Haigh Hall, home of the Earl of Balcarres, has been loaned as an auxiliary hospital. Locals know that the Hall and woods are haunted. Alice Martin returns to her home town to take up her new post as Matron after the sudden and mysterious death of her predecessor. Soldiers with terrible injuries have been sent to recover in the Hall that is surrounded by ancient woodland and wide landscapes. But each soldier brings with him phantoms from the war. Alice finds that one officer draws her attention whilst conflicts are brewing between the Hall staff, leading to the greatest danger for one of them.
The atmosphere is charged, and a fearful ghostly presence stalks the passageways of the Hall which stands on the site of much older dwellings. Alice must negotiate on all fronts to ensure the hospital runs well and to do this she enlists the help of her friend, Sophia, a clairvoyant and medium.
A novel for adults. 439 pages.
Everyone wears a mask. Surely primary schools are meant to be islands of childhood joy in a chaotic world? Internal power plays and pressure from the outside world push the boundaries of normal behaviour. School is besieged by the press, social media and politics, surrounded by the police and almost overcome by people-power. Tension builds. Everyone has a different breaking point but when one person reaches theirs, there are terrible consequences.
‘This was a gripping read.’ Lizzie Gates, author of The Wolf of Dalriada – Matador
‘This is a fast paced, entertaining read with lots of action, a great story.’ Jacqueline Farrell, author of Sophronia and the Vampire – Amazon
‘Crime writing that keeps you guessing til the end.’ Carol Fenlon, author of Impress Novel Prize winner: Consider the Lilies
A book for adults. 377 pages.
Bea was living a life of quiet desperation. Her husband was abusing her; her job no longer fulfilled her. She was fearful, isolated. When the chance came, she escaped. She sought refuge in the only place she could, a cottage that had stood for centuries overlooking the sea. It offered more than four walls. The spirit of her ancestor travelled through eight hundred years to give her the strength and guidance she needed to face her enemies, and to save her life. Two women, bonded by blood, reach across time to one another. Forces of darkness from the past and the present work against them both. Can they find their courage?
This time-slip novel is set in medieval Anglesey and the present day. A mystery thriller. This is a book for adults. 379 pages.
Ancient Egypt: the people, animals, gods, symbols, pyramids, temples – everything that is exciting about this ancient world.
Hours of fun, 50 pictures for you to colour.
Jack and Lily are 12 year old twins whose Dad has made a Time Machine and likes to experiment. Sounds like fun? Not!
They’re being sent round the ancient worlds with no one to stand on the brakes, no communication from Dad, and only their parrot, Preeno to guide them.
What’s worse, they’re being chased from age to age by the sinister Maximus Skullus – sometimes a Victorian ghost, an Egyptian mummy, a Roman Emperor, even a weird plant creature.
One thing’s for certain – he wants their souls. He’s coming for them.
The Animal Rescue Centre has been abandoned, but where are the animals? Where’s Dave? Luckily he left his diary (written by Kev the Crow) which was found by animal loving friends. They read the diary, but can they find Dave in time?
A novel for children. Paperback.137 pages. Black and white illustrations.
Mac is not scared of anything, but Jess, his new owner is a bit worried about things. Mac helps – big time.
A novel for children. Paperback 183 pages. Black and white illustrations.
Early snow blizzards smother Winter Hill. Life is dangerous for anyone, including the sick horse that Daisy is fighting to save. Facing terrible snow storms, a terrifying fire and a devastating helicopter accident, she only has her horse for comfort.
When his own life is balanced on a knife’s edge, can Daisy bring everyone together to save him and the other horses?
It’s horrible high school – Jess and Mac have been together for a while now and everything’s going sort of okay.
But horsey paradise is about to be shattered only months after it was found. Many obstacles stand in their way, horse-kidnappers, Christmas lights, high-jinks, a Nativity donkey who’s really a horse in disguise and might miss the opening night.
Worst of all – the Blondies are at high school too…
You’re baby-sitting. There’s a terrific thunderstorm. Your three year old brother runs out in the storm – and into the woods. He’s lifted up into another dimension by a column of light.
What do you do?
Twins Holly and Luke decide to chase him. Will they find him?
A powerful magician and a Light Dragon want him for their own.
Will Holly and Luke be able to rescue him and get back – all before their parents get home?
Part of a travelling circus and trapped in an iron cage, Kola the bear roars for his freedom. A terrible fire opens the way for his escape helped by a Russian princess in disguise and a boy trapeze artist. They begin a desperate flight across the winter countryside to the storm wracked coast but they are pursued by the evil Captain Petrovski. Whatever the cost, he wants the mysterious diamond they carry.
Their tale is full of all the horrors of Victorian greed, violence and love as they flee to their homeland.
The day they move to Swallows’ Hall, the children discover it’s haunted and not only that, they find themselves transported back a hundred years to World War One. Powerless, they watch as the sky is filled with giant Zeppelins and their own ancestor fights a deadly battle with her evil enemy – in the air above them.
The only contact they have with their Dad and their own time is via a mobile phone.
A novel for children. Paperback, 172 pages, black and white illustrations.
They shouldn’t have gone near the edge of the cliff – but they did.
They shouldn’t have looked down into the hole – but they did.
They shouldn’t have tried to save Alex’s sister – but they did.
The Land of the Dead held more than they guessed.
“Hi! Only little me! Let me in, all of you!” IT WAS SUSIE!
She was a little demanding now and her nails rapped on the glass.
“LET ME IN!” she screeched by the south window.
Pursued by an unknown and powerful enemy, young handmaiden Dalifa and her scribe brother, Prem, fight for their lives in a tale involving royalty, servants, the mighty Nile crocodile and vicious revenge. Greed and evil battle against loyalty and love. Separated and attacked by ruthless men and deadly creatures, a terrifying sandstorm forces them both to take refuge in the Necropolis – City of the Dead.
Frightening conspiracies and coldblooded murders take place in the distant past, over 3500 years ago in Ancient Egypt, land of the Pharoah Queen Hatshepsut.
Unimaginable power and riches form the backdrop of this tale but it is the mythical Devourer, sent by the Gods, that works his fearful destruction at the centre of the thrilling climax. Evil is taken from its Underworld throne and given a human hand to work its fearful destruction.
A novel for children. Paperback book 290 Pages. Black & white illustrations.
Ita, the witch of Thebes, travels across the veils of time – 3500 years into the future, to a place that is caught in chaos. Vicious rioting sweeps the centre of Manchester. London has met the same fate and destruction stalks the whole country.
Ita is searching for a sacred and magical amulet, the golden scarab, which can bestow eternal life on the one who holds it. Although she had it stolen from Pharoah’s tomb her fury knows no nbounds when it is taken from a museum in the future by three teenagers. She must recover it and uses the power of her dark magic to summon the Devourer of the Underworld and give him the task.
The teenage friends flee out into the horror of the city, pursued by both Ita and the beast. Meanwhile in Ita’s own time, those she has hurt plot her downfall.
A story of evil, magic and beings from the distant past.
Ever wished the wind could blow you somewhere new and exciting? Well, one Saturday morning that happened to friends Razor and Lisa. Strangely, they were blown right back into their own world, but things had changed slightly.
That wind also carried magical creatures from a distant Ice Age, and a Demon Time Lord bent on ruling the Universe. What’s more, their own evil teacher was involved and she was not what she seemed to be – she was so much worse.
Will Razor and Lisa be able to prevent a Time Lord trauma?
A novel for children. Paperback. 183 pages. Black and white illustrations.
Afraid of the dark? You should be.
Think there are vampires and dead things after you? There are.
Worry that your worst nightmares will come true? They will.
Well they did for three children who find themselves transported to Transylvania by a mysterious powerful key.
The Vampire, Count Vulpus de Wolfereek, has called them so that he can fulfil the prophecy. Will he succeed?
She may be a princess, but when she’s given a quest and thrown out of the castle at midnight, she knows it’s time to make a plan and some hard choices.
With one brother who’s painfully shy and one who is working on being totally evil, its Ted, her dog and personal assistant, who comes through for her. He’s reliable, bold. witty and so much chattier than the brothers. Okay, he scratches all day, but he’s loyal and doesn’t smell too much…
The deadline for the quest is Hallowe’en, a week away. But she meets creatures desperate for help; the racing ratty slaves, an ancient horse-bear, an abandoned dragonling and Roger, the three-legged ratty.
‘Great adventure, risky, action packed.’ Ted
‘Completely, totally magical.’ Ruby
‘It be the best lurv story ever.’ Clarise
‘That boy needed sorting out’ Celia
‘Unfair, rubbish, all lies.’ Jon
For an introduction to writing join this workshop led by Rhona Whiteford, local author and illustrator of children’s and adults’ books.
Haigh Woodland Park in the Stables Classroom on Saturday 21st January 2023 10am — 1.00pm
You’ll need pen and paper.
TICKETS : £25.00 including tea, coffee or water
Write is a practical photocopiable resource specifically written to support the teaching of story writing by an experienced Primary teacher and author. Write provides 40 worksheets designed to focus on key areas in the story writing process: thinking, discussion and planning to create the characters, settings and events – the essence of stories. Teachers’ notes contain ideas for use and extension activities. This resource is designed for KS2 and can be used to support individual learning plans as appropriate. Inspiring and practical.
‘A fantastic teacher resource. I can guarantee that the children are enthused by the teaching approach and the materials. Their writing skills improve, as does their enthusiasm for writing.’ Julie Hassan Y6, Joint Headteacher, St. Oswald’s Catholic Primary School. Ashton in Makerfield
‘At last… a book full of ready to use resources! This is a great resource full of planners, suggested vocabulary and creative lesson ideas. A definite for my wish list.’ Donna Higgens, Y5 teacher, Literacy Leader, St. Oswald’s Catholic Primary School Ashton in Makerfield
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