Hazel's Phantasmagoria by Leander Deeny

Hazel's Phantasmagoria

Written by Leander Deeny

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This is a stunning first novel, with exceptional quality writing and a uniquely imaginative plot. The author has combined the rich, gifted imagination of Lewis Carroll and Maurice Sendak with the child/adult crossover appeal of Mark Haddon. The plot is wonderfully exciting with a fast-paced narrative and quick humour that makes it an utterly compelling and addictive read. It’s a tale of friendship and revenge that’s bursting with surprises and fantastic characters at every turn.


Hazel's Phantasmagoria by Leander Deeny

Hazel, the heroine, travels to her Aunt's country house for a holiday. Her Aunt is bitter, angry and rude, so Hazel expects her stay to be a nightmare - little does she expect, though, that there are actual nightmares living in the garden.


“Leander Deeny’s wonderfully strange, uncomfortable Hazel’s Phantasmagoria is a cracking story in the Roald Dahl vein. The novel is very well written, with flashes of black wit which occasionally strike out of nowhere… A cruel sort of book, this will suit your quiet, twelve-year-old nephew – the one who likes pulling legs off spiders” Literary Review

“..a creepy, clever tale about a girl sent to live with her nightmare aunt and cousin, which reads like a new Lemony Snicket” Amanda Craig, The Times

“Leander Deeny’s book has a distinctive line in surreal imagery. Bullivant, the dog with a wooden head, is a particularly cherishable creation” James Lovegrove, Financial Times

“This is a stunning first novel with exceptional quality writing, uniquely imaginative plot and quick humour that makes for an utterly compelling, fast-paced and addictive read. It combines the rich imagination of Lewis Carroll and Maurice Sendak and the cross-over appeal of Mark Haddon.” by Lovereading for My Child Magazine

About the Author

Leander Deeny
In 2003 Leander completed an English degree at Lincoln College. In Oxford, he has appeared in many roles such as ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (Playhouse), ‘Love's Labours Lost’ (OUDS Japan Tour), ‘The Little Prince’, ‘Edward II’ (Old Fire Station), ‘Stronger’, ‘Latin!’, ‘Brimstone and Treacle’, ‘The Ships at Mylae’ (Burton-Taylor), and ‘Muswell Hill’ (Moser) for the New Writing Festival, which went on to the National Student Drama Festival. He was also part of the NSDF Ensemble chosen from that festival, which performed ‘Achilles’ by Tom Green at the Birmingham Rep. Before Oxford, he was part of the Salisbury Youth Theatre for six years, and in Oxford he is also co-editor of Isis Magazine, ex President of the Oxford Revue, and a bygone TIE Officer for OUDS.

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Publication date

6th May 2010




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