Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

Long Lankin

Written by Lindsey Barraclough

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Shortlisted for the 2012 Branford Boase Award for outstanding Debut novel.

A chilling, beautiful novel inspired by a haunting folk song about murder, witchcraft and revenge. Intensely atmospheric and truly compelling, this is a stunning debut.

The Branford Boase judges said: "An extremely atmospheric tale and very mature piece of storytelling. Quite unusual and genuinely scary."

The Branford Boase Award shortlist 2012:

Long Lankin - Lindsey Barraclough

Being Billy - Phil Earle

Small Change for Stuart - Lissa Evans

Everybody Jam - Ali Lewis

Sky Hawk - Gill Lewis

A Beautiful Lie - Irfan Master

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece - Annabel Pitcher


Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

Beware of Long Lankin, that lives in the moss ...When Cora and her little sister Mimi are sent to stay with their elderly aunt in the isolated village of Bryers Guerdon, they receive a less than warm welcome, and are desperate to go back to London. But Auntie Ida's life was devastated the last time two young girls were at Guerdon Hall, and now her nieces' arrival has reawoken an evil that has lain waiting for years. A haunting voice in an empty room ...A strange, scarred man lurking in the graveyard ...A mysterious warning, scrawled on the walls of the abandoned church ...Along with Roger and Peter, two young village boys, Cora must uncover the horrifying truth that has held Bryers Guerdon in its dark grip for centuries - before it is too late for Mimi.


Barraclough controls her narrative with authority, shifting voices and tenses to provide both perspective and the occasional welcome respite from tension ... A good, old-fashioned literary horror tale for sophisticated readers Kirkus Reviews 20120615 The terror is as relentless as the ballad the story springs from ... Chilling -- Geraldine Brennan Observer 20110203 Such an impressive debut. Every element is spot on - from the elegant prose, through the realistic portrayal of various aspects of family life, the three-dimensional characters and the occasional comic set-piece, to the supernatural horror underpinning it, which is absolutely chilling. Highly recommended -- Jill Murphy The Bookbag 20110211 A fabulous revisiting of the hoariest of old chestnuts The Telegraph 20110709 A real stunner of a debut: Long Lankin is a wonderful, imaginative slow burner of a thriller ... Lindsey Barraclough's first novel is written with a style and intelligence that would put many an adult thriller to shame -- John Millen Young Post 20110908

About the Author

Lindsey Barraclough

Lindsey Barraclough was born in Essex. She worked as a music teacher and lives in London with her husband and their five children. Long Lankin is her first novel.

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464 pages
Interest Age: from 12


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Bodley Head Children's Books an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Publication date

7th April 2011




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