The White Rider by Chris Priestley
  

Synopsis

The White Rider by Chris Priestley

London, 1716. The streets are full of spies and buzzing with intrigue. Jacobite rebels are being rounded up and hanged at Tower Hill, and on the outskirts of London the roads are haunted by a mysterious Highwayman known only as The White Rider; a robber so fierce that he kills his victims simply by pointing at them! Tom Marlowe, caught in the fascinating heart of events, is resolved to get to the bottom of them. With the help of his mentor, Dr Harker, Tom is determined to discover who is behind the White Rider's gruesome mask. But Dr Harker seems to be keeping secrets of his own. Who is the mysterious stranger with the Scottish accent seen at Harker's house, and why does the Doctor lie when questioned about him? Highly atmospheric, with a gripping plot this historical adventure will fascinate and engage readers.

Reviews

This pacy historical novel, with some references to slavery and Shakespeare's The Tempest, is full of dramatic twists and turns with one final surprise at the end. It would be ideal material for turning into a children's TV drama Books for Keeps An 18th century romp, packed with colourful characters, enough surprises and twists to keep the reader guessing and enough gruesome details and fisticuffs to bring the era to technicolour life The School Librarian This book is super horror and holds mystery and intrigue South Wales Argus As clever and as tightly plotted as the first Suffolk Journal This is a gripping thriller with a zesty plot Eastern Daily Press

About the Author

Chris Priestley

Chris Priestley has been a cartoonist and illustrator for many years, working mainly for magazines and newspapers. He currently has a weekly strip cartoon called 'Payne's Grey' in the New Statesman.

Ever since he was a teenager Chris has loved unsettling and creepy stories, with fond memories of buying comics like 'Strange Tales' and 'House of Mystery', watching classic BBC TV adaptations of M R James ghost stories every Christmas and reading assorted weirdness by everyone from Edgar Allen Poe to Ray Bradbury. He hopes Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror will haunt his readers in the way those writers have haunted him.

This brilliantly received series of ghost stories, Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror, Tales of Terror from the Black Ship and Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth, were reissued by Bloomsbury in March 2011 including a brand new story.

Meanwhile The Dead of Winter, published by Bloomsbury in October 2010 and in paperback in October 2011, is a nail-biting story of hauntings and terror, nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2012.

Mister Creecher, published by Bloomsbury in October 2011 and in paperback in March 2012, is a gripping gothic novel about friendship, trust and betrayal.

Author photo © Judith Weik

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Format

Paperback
256 pages
Interest Age: From 9

Author

Chris Priestley
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

26th February 2015

ISBN

9780552573696


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