The Extraordinary And Unusual Adventures Of Horatio Lyle by Catherine Webb
  

The Extraordinary And Unusual Adventures Of Horatio Lyle

Written by Catherine Webb
Part of the Horatio Lyle Series

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Witty, action-packed and perfect for fans of detective stories, fantasy stories and good old-fashioned adventure. Horatio Lyle is Sherlock Holmes crossed with Thomas Edison as written by Terry Pratchett. Catherine Webb published her first novel at just 14 and has quickly established herself as one of the most talented and exciting young writers in the UK and garnered comparisons with Terry Pratchett and Philip Pullman.

Her books are brilliantly plotted, time and place superbly portrayed and the characters wonderfully imagined. From Horatio Lyle, scientist, inventor and reluctant sleuth together with his faithful hound, Tate, side-kick, pickpocket Tess, a rebellious young gentleman called Thomas together they solve an almost unsolvable crime and survive a dangerous enemy. This was so good I was clamouring for more but thankfully the author has delivered with two further Horatio Lyle titles, The Obsidian dagger and most recently The Domesday Machine.

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The Extraordinary And Unusual Adventures Of Horatio Lyle by Catherine Webb

Horatio Lyle is Sherlock Holmes crossed with Thomas Edison as written by Terry Pratchett: witty, action-packed and perfect for fans of detective stories, fantasy stories and good old-fashioned adventure. In Victorian London at the height of the industrial revolution, Horatio Lyle is a former Special Constable with a passion for science and invention. He's also an occasional, but reluctant, sleuth. The truth is that he'd rather be in his lab tinkering with dangerous chemicals and odd machinery than running around the cobbled streets of London trying to track down stolen goods. But when Her Majesty's Government calls, Horatio swaps his microscope for a magnifying glass, fills his pockets with things that explode and sallies forth to unravel a mystery of a singularly extraordinary nature. Thrown together with a reformed (i.e. 'caught') pickpocket called Tess, and a rebellious (within reason) young gentleman called Thomas, Lyle and his faithful hound, Tate, find themselves pursuing an ancient Chinese plate, a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of polite society and a dangerous enemy who may not even be human. Solving the crime will be hard enough - surviving would be a bonus.

Reviews

'Catherine Webb is by any standards, a Writer, in the proper sense. She produces clever, surprising prose... Rich in action and character.' Sunday Times

'A hell of a romp, fuelled by the kind of unstoppable imagination that only the young can achieve' Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

Catherine Webb

Catherine Webb was born 1986 and is a British author, educated at the Godolphin and Latymer School, London, and the London School of Economics.

She was just fourteen years old when she completed Mirror Dreams, written during her school summer holidays. She sent her book of to a publisher who thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The book was published in 2002, and Webb was soon named Young Trailblazer of the Year by the magazine Cosmo GirlUK. Since then, she has gone on to write more books and has been favourably compared with Terry Pratchett (one of her literary heroes) and Philip Pullman. She has now published six novels, all with Atom Books, and is a third-year history student at the London School of Economics.

Webb prides herself on the scientific and historical accuracy of her Horatio Lyle books, which have been acclaimed by reviewers and readers. A lifelong Londoner, she enjoys walking through the areas she describes in her books - Bethnal Green, Clerkenwell and along the River Thames - comparing the city of London as it is now to how it was at various times in the past. She appeared in Cosmo Girl in 2006/7 in an interview and inspired many young writers to try and get published.

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Paperback
320 pages
Interest Age: 9-11

Author

Catherine Webb
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Publisher

Little, Brown Book Group

Publication date

7th September 2006

ISBN

9781904233619

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