The rugged west coast of Ireland seems like the perfect place for a holiday. Then everything starts to go wrong. Colin is aware of an awful smell coming off the land, a smell of death and decay…
Colin and Prill were looking forward to a holiday of fun and adventure in Ireland. It would have been perfect if only they hadn’t had to drag along their cousin Oliver. But Oliver, it turns out, isn’t their biggest problem.
Almost from the moment they arrive, Colin feels sick from an awful smell, so powerful and horrible that it seems to be rising from the land of the dead. At the same time, Prill is visited by a strange creature creeping into her dreams. Who is she, and what does she want?
Only Oliver seems untouched by the danger. As the hot summer days continue, their terror mounts and their baby sister becomes critically ill. Oliver links the present horror with the terrible famine in Ireland of the 1840s – and the strange occupant of the nearby caravan, whose land was lost then through eviction – and he must bring about the reconciliation to save himself and his cousins.
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“A marvellously powerful book. An unusually effective story which combines sensitivity, realism and horror.”
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“History doesn’t get more real than this.”
Ann Pilling was brought up in Warrington, Cheshire and many of her books are set in the industrial North West. After reading english at London University, she taught in Buckinghamshire then spent some time in America before returning to England. Ann now lives in Oxford with her husband and cat. She has two sons and one grandson.
Ann has been writing books for children since 1983. Her first published novel was Black Harvest, the first in a series of five ghost stories. Among her many titles are several novels about contemporary life including Henry’s Leg, which won the 1986 Guardian Award and was subsequently televised.
Whenever possible, Ann retreats to the Yorkshire Dales which she calls ‘the country of my heart.’.
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Book Description Armada 13/10/1983, 1983. Book Condition: Very Good. This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. . Bookseller Inventory # 7719-9780006921998
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Book Description Armada, London, 1983. Paperback. Book Condition: Near Fine. Reprinted edition. Tight clean crisp carefully owned paperback. Pages tanned, free of markings or reading creases. Book. Bookseller Inventory # L15135
Book Description An Armada Original, London, 1983. Pictorial Card Covers. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. First Armada Paperback Edition. 4 1/4 Inches Wide By 7 Inches Long. This book is fitted with a removable, clearcover, dustwrapper film.Good condition inside with occasional foxing throughout and a stain to the top and sides of the page outer edges.Small scrape and tear to the outer margin of pages 44-45.Outer covers have light edge rubbing and a couple of minor creases.Back cover reads, The west coast of Ireland is a perfect place for a holiday - until everything begins to go menacingly wrong.Colin becomes aware of a ghastly stench from the land - a smell of death and decay.Prill is haunted by a fearsome skeleton-woman, who crawls through her dreams in hideous torment.Baby Alison falls sick with a strange and sinister illness.And their cousin Oliver?In those stiflingly hot summer days, as some nameless evil from the past begins to close in on them, Oliver remains unnaturally, unnervingly calm. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 001016
Book Description Armada - Fontana, London, 1983. Mass Market Paperback. Paperback Original. VG, Edgewear, creases, browning/NO DUST JACKET. Horror novel, set in Ireland. Expanded condition report/scan on request. Bookseller Inventory # 019317