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PublisherCorgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
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Publication date5th January 2012
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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
SynopsisLong 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.
ReviewsSuch 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 The terror is as relentless as the ballad the story springs from ... Chilling -- Geraldine Brennan Observer 20110203 Well written and well paced, with more than a sprinkling of hair-raising moments TES 20110513 Not for the faint-hearted, this mesmerizing tale generates goosebumps on almost every page Booktrust This is a story to get lost in ... there is enough plot here for a trilogy, and it will drag down readers looking for quick thrills. Those who appreciate old-fashioned chillers, though, will be rewarded Booklist 20120401
About The Author
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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