Black Arts The Books of Pandemonium by Andrew Prentice, Jonathan Weil

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Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2013

Elizabethan London: a teeming city of traders and thieves, courtiers and preachers, riff-raff and quality, cut-throats - and demons. When scrunty Jack the 'Judicious Nipper' picks the wrong pocket at the Globe Theatre, he finds himself mixed up in an altogether more dangerous London than he could have imagined.


The Brandford Boase Award is given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children.

The seven shortlisted titles were:

After the Snow by SD Crockett

The Things We Did for Love by Natasha Farrant

Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan

A Hen in the Wardrobe by Wendy Meddour

Black Arts by Andrew Prentice & Jonathan Weil

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton

A World Between Us by Lydia Syson

**** The Winner was A Boy and a Bear in a Boat.


Black Arts The Books of Pandemonium by Andrew Prentice, Jonathan Weil

An outbreak of devil-worship has led to a wave of anti-witch fervor whipped up by the Elect, a mysterious group of Puritans recognizable by their red-stained right hands. Rumour has it that their leader, the charismatic Nicholas Webb, wants to purge the city entirely and build a New Jerusalem. Jack has his own reason for hating him: he watched Nicholas kill his mother. Helped by Beth Sharkwell the Thief Princess of Lambeth, Kit Morely the Intelligencer and Dr Dee the Queen's Wizard, Jack pits himself against Webb's Puritans. But this is no straightforward struggle - for ever since his first encounter with Webb, there has been something wrong with Jack's vision. He keeps seeing things. Demons. Black Arts is the first in a series of thrilling time-travel adventures, each bringing the past to glorious life, as Jack and his companions hurtle from one epic struggle to the next.

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I really, really enjoyed it. I think it's a brilliant book, a great blend of action, adventure, magic, horror and humour. Plus the language is top notch ... A period book that will work very well for modern readers Charlie Higson

Extremely impressive ... Black Arts is a complete, self-contained and wholly satisfying novel in its own right. This is a sparkling and intelligent debut -- Philip Ardagh Guardian

I thoroughly enjoyed Black Arts and have put my name straight down for the second in this Books of Pandemonium series. We know what we want from a fantasy adventure and that's action, characters we can love or love to hate, and as much swag as the pages can fit. And Black Arts gives us all these things with gusto. -- Jill Murphy BookBag

Prentice and Weil do know how to spin a thrilling yarn ... Devilishly good fun -- Suzi Feay Financial Times

Roistering and sweaty, full of magic and mischief is Black Arts by Prentice and Weil. The authors use of contemporary slang is brilliant - Philip Womack Literary Review

About the Author

Andrew Prentice, Jonathan Weil

Jonathan Weil and Andrew Prentice met at school. Since then they have collaborated on several projects, including comics, writing dialogue for robots, and creating animated films for an underground aquarium in Paris. Nowadays they spend most of their time writing, playing the piano, raising children and scouring the streets of London for hidden devils...

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David Fickling Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

4th April 2013




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