The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark.Together they rid the county of witches, ghosts and boggarts. But now they have unfinished business to attend to in Priestown. Deep in the catacombs of the cathedral, lurks the Spook's nemesis - the Bane. A creature he has never been able to defeat. As Thomas and his master prepare for the battle of their lives it becomes clear that the Bane isn't their only enemy in town. The Quisitor has arrived, searching the county for those who meddle with the dark - witches, warlocks and Spooks! When the Spook is arrested and sentenced to death it's up to Thomas, with a little help from his old friend Alice, to rescue his master and destroy the curse of Priestown
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Joe Delaney is an English teacher living in Lancashire. He has three children and six grandchildren and is a wonderful public speaker available for conference, library and bookshop events. His home is in the middle of Boggart territory and his village has a boggart called The Hall Knocker, which was laid to rest under the step of a house near the church. Believe it or not, the haunted house in The Spook's Apprentice is based on fact! As a child, Joseph lived in a similar house in Preston where he had a recurrent nightmare. In the dream he'd be sitting on a carpet in the front room whilst his mother was knitting. Then, everything would become cold and a shadowthing would come up from the coal cellar, pick him up and carry him back towards the dark. What's even more spooky... his brothers had the same nightmare!Review:
"'An evocative, spine-tingling sequel to the Spook's Apprentice.'" -- Amanda Craig The Times "'Tom Ward is back in another eerie, spine-tingling adventure...you'll love getting lost in this spooky tale.'" Funday Times "Really impressed by [this] ...genuinely creepy ... very pacy ...the characters were very believable." -- Damian Kelleher Radio 4 Front Row "'Full of scary moments which will get the hearts of even the most fearless readers pounding, while keeping them glued to the action.'" Lancashire Evening Post "'Readers who were spellbound by the goings-on in 'The Spook's Apprentice' will be equally engrossed by this sequel.'" Waterstone's Quarterly
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