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A dramatic, atmospheric, gothic masterpiece, from an award-winning author.

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Murkmere by Patricia Elliott

Aggie's life in the village with her aunt is as normal as can be. She has never questioned the rule of the Ministration, or the power of the divine beings - the birds. Then she is sent for by the Master of Murkmere, the great house nearby, who wishes her to be companion to his ward, Leah. Needing the money, Aggie reluctantly leaves her aunt and enters a new life.

But all is not well up at the house. The Master is crippled and unhappy, trapped in a wheelchair, hemmed in with bars, for others' safety, as well as his own. Life is ruled by the steward, Silas, who fascinates and repels Aggie in equal measure. And Leah - the strangest of them all - challenges everything Aggie has ever been taught.

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Murkmere Reviews

Fraught with fenland mist and magicm this supernatural thriller, set in a parallel world, is compassionate and original * The Times *
The plot is consistantly compelling and it never falters -- Aisling O'Donoghue, aged 15 * Irish News (Belfast) *
A well-sustained fantasy with an intriguing plot and strong sense of place and time * School Librarian *
Elliott drops clever clues into her narrative and builds a suspenseful atmosphere...a well-sustained and spooky fantasy with an absorbing plot and a strong sense of character, place and time... A believable and shivery read. * Young Post in Honk Kong *
The story left me in suspense right until the very end and then told me everything -- Katie Atkinson, aged 10 * AQUILA *
This book was brilliant -- really reall good! The plot carried you through -- you couldn't put it down. Spooky! Read it! -- Paula McGuire, Holy Rood High * Teen Titles *
Elements of the fairytale combine with the darker side of human nature to make this book something oout of the ordinary * Newbury Weekly News *
Wonderful...this elegantly written and very atmospheric book will intrigue readers of ten plus * TES Teacher *
Patricia Elliott has an eviable way with words, a gift for the creation of memorable characters and an ability to keep the story going at a steady and unflagging pace * INIS *
A superbly written enchanting tale that keeps you hooked to the last page * The Eternal Night * * SFX Magazine *
Fraught with fenland mist and magic, this supernatural thriller ... is compassionate and original. * The Times *
An absorbing coming-of-age tale ... a gripping story. * Starred review, Publishers Weekly *
Compelling ... a salutary reminder to keep an eye on the children's bookshelves. * SFX magazine *
A well-sustained fantasy with an intriguing plot and strong sense of place and time. * School Librarian *
wonderful ... elegantly written and very atmospheric * TES Teacher *
This book was brilliant - really, really good! The plot carried you through - you couldn't put it down. Spooky! Read it! * Teen Titles *
Ambergate: 'This is a beautiful, compelling novel.' * Guardian *
Praise for The Ice Boy: 'A remarkable first novel ... here is a writer whom you can trust.' * Armadillo *
Elliott is one of [the Fidler Award's] worthiest winners. This atmospheric debut novel [is] heavy on Kleenex * The Glasgow Herald *
The standard of writing displayed by the winners of the Fidler Award is high, and 'The Ice Boy' is no exception. * Writers' News *
I've just read this book, which is sooo good ... I couldn't put it down. * Mizz magazine reader review *

About Patricia Elliott

Patricia Elliott has written nine novels for children and young adults. Her first novel with Hodder, The Ice Boy, won the Fidler Award for a First Novel and was shortlisted for the Branford-Boase among other awards. Her second, Murkmere, was long-listed for the Guardian Fiction Award and she has since been short-listed for many others, including the Calderdale and the Wirral Paperback of the Year.

Her most recent YA is a Victorian Gothic, The Devil in the Corner. Her new MG series, the Connie Carew Mysteries, is set in the Edwardian period: The House of Eyes and The Ship of Spectres.

Patricia was (and is!) a voracious reader and always scribbled stories during a childhood spent overseas. She worked in publishing in London and in bookselling in New York before taking an M.A. in Writing for Children. She has been a tutor at Morley College, London, and in between writing now leads workshops for both adults and children, including Chelsea Young Writers. She is an active member of CWISL (Children's Writers and Illustrators in South London). She is married, with two sons.

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Murkmere by Patricia Elliott
Patricia Elliott
Used - Very Good
Hachette Children's Group
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.