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Philip Caveney - Author

About the Author

Philip Caveney was born in North Wales in 1951 and now lives in Edinburgh. 

His first novel, The Sins of Rachel Ellis was published in 1977 and he produced a series of adult thrillers over the following decades. His first novel for younger readers, Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools was released in 2007 and was published all around the world. Since then, he has concentrated on writing exclusively for younger readers.

He also writes under the pseudonym Danny Weston. Danny's debut novel The Piper won the Scottish Children’s Book Award in 2016 and in 2018, The Haunting of Jessop Rise was shortlisted for the Scottish Teenage Book prize and nominated for a Carnegie Medal.

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The Sins of Allie Lawrence

The Sins of Allie Lawrence

Author: Philip Caveney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/11/2020

After a blazing row with her mother, sixteen-year-old Allie Lawrence impulsively runs away from the family home in Killiecrankie, with no plan other than to go to Edinburgh to 'be an actor.' Then a chauffeur-driven car pulls up beside her and she's offered a lift by its handsome and mysterious passenger, Nick. Against her better judgement, she accepts - and soon discovers that he is a 'manager,' who claims he can make all her dreams come true. She just needs to sign a contract... The Sins of Allie Lawrence is a tale of temptation, inspired by the legend of Black Donald, and set against the vibrant world of the theatre.

The Slithers

The Slithers

Author: Philip Caveney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2017

After the death of his mother and the end of his father's high-powered career, Zach and his Dad have come to the north of Scotland to live rent-free in Grandfather Alistair's cliff-top cottage. Dad asks Zach to clean out the old garden pond, a rotting nightmare where not even a tadpole can survive. But when he drains the pond, he unearths something unexpected- a trapdoor leading down into darkness... He ventures down there and discovers something amazing - a glowing egg-shaped stone. Once brought back to the surface, Zach's run of bad luck seems to change entirely. Suddenly, he can't seem to stop winning and even Dad's career is unexpectedly back on track. But good luck can't last forever... The stone belongs to a race of ancient creatures that dwell deep beneath the ground - and they want it back. Pretty soon, unspeakable things begin to claw their way to the surface in search of the stone - and for Zach and his new friend, Pepper, there's one all-important question. Can they stay alive until morning?

Calling

Calling

Author: Philip Caveney Format: eBook Release Date: 31/03/2016

A boy wakes up on a train to Edinburgh.He is shocked to discover that no idea who he is or how he came to be on the train - and once off it, he finds himself immersed in the chaos of the Edinburgh Fringe. After a day of wandering the crowded streets, he falls asleep and is woken by the sound of bells tolling midnight - only to discover that is the night of The Calling - a magical yearly event when all the statues of the city come alive. He is the only human ever to witness it. He quickly makes a couple of allies - the Colonel, the bronze cavalryman of the Scots Grey's monument, and the intrepid explorer David Livingstone. They christen the boy 'Ed Fest' and take him to Parliament Square to meet Charles II, the king of the statues, who isn't particularly fond of 'Softies' (humans).He assigns Sherlock Holmes to investigate the boy's case, to discover his real identity and to get back to his home and family. But as the bronze detective begins to decipher the clues, he discovers that 'Ed' is on the run from a sequence of terrible events; ones that could threaten his very existence. The Calling is a magical story set during Edinburgh's most exciting event - and nearly all of its characters can be observed, standing on plinths in the heart of the city, waiting for next year's Calling.

Sebastian Darke: Prince of Pirates

Sebastian Darke: Prince of Pirates

Author: Philip Caveney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2016

Sebastian, Max and Cornelius are ready for another adventure and heading to the bustling port of Ramalat. Once there they intend to embark on a perilous sea journey in search of the fabled lost treasure of the pirate King, Captain Calinestra. But first, they must make it through the dark and mysterious forest of Geltane and survive an encounter with Leonora; a powerful enchantress, with a terrifying secret and a magical hold over Sebastian's senses. And as if that wasn't bad enough, when they finally reach Ramalat, a feisty female sea captain; an infamous young pirate; ravenous sea creatures, giant lizards; furious sea battles and breathtaking action await them. Will they discover the lost treasure? Will Sebastian live to tell the tale? Will Cornelius be beaten in armed combat? And will Max EVER stop moaning?

Alec Devlin: The Eye of the Serpent

Alec Devlin: The Eye of the Serpent

Author: Philip Caveney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2015

Egypt 1923. Fifteen-year-old Alec Devlin is on his way to the Valley of the Kings. Accompanied by his faithful valet, Coates, Alec is to spend his summer holidays working on his Uncle Will's archaeological dig. It's not the first time he's spent his summer this way . . . but this year things are different. Uncle Will and his young assistant, Tom Hinton, have recently made an amazing discovery - an ancient tomb hidden deep below the earth. But only hours after opening its doors, Uncle Will falls mysteriously ill and Tom seems to have disappeared without trace. Together with Ethan Wade, the young American soldier of fortune who is managing the dig in Uncle Will's absence, and a pretty French woman called Madeleine Duval, Alec sets about unravelling the tomb's mysteries. Seemingly harmless animals have turned into rabid killers . . . long dead mummies are rising from their tombs . . . the spirit of a powerful High Priest is claiming the bodies of the living as his living hosts . . . Together Alec and Ethan must confront a terror that has waited three thousand years to be reborn.

Tarantula Stone

Tarantula Stone

Author: Philip Caveney Format: eBook Release Date: 07/05/2015

The Tarantula was a diamond - a diamond as big as a man's greed: many men would fight for it, some would kill, some would die.Martin Taggart found it, after six years' grubbing in the steamy disease-ridden mines of Brazil.Charles Caine claimed it - he had sponsored Taggart and that was the deal.Paolo Estavez coveted it, and flew Caine and his entourage deep into the Mato Grosso to seek it out.But Helen could sense its evil power.It will lead them all into danger: hostile country, wild animals, hunger, thirst - many of them will perish. And when Caine sets his mafia-like organisation in brutal pursuit, there will be a breath-taking final confrontation.

Tiger, Tiger

Tiger, Tiger

Author: Philip Caveney Format: eBook Release Date: 07/05/2015

Malaya in the late 1960s was at last casting off the yoke of British colonial rule. But Harry 'Tiger' Sullivan, a retired military officer, had made his career in Malaya for almost two decades had nowhere else to go.Well respected for his distinguished military service, and even more so for his legendary skill in tracking and killing man-eating tigers, Harry Sullivan's life was a comfortable and well-ordered one, until the arrival of Bob Beresford, a brash and handsome Australian.Melissa Tremayne, an eighteen-year-old British expatriate bored with the slow pace of life in Malaya, had always been like the daughter Sullivan never had, but one look at Bob Beresford makes Melissa determined to win his not-so-fatherly affection.The rivalry between the two men intensifies with the sudden appearance of a man-eating tiger, emerging from the jungle at unpredictable intervals to attach and terrorise Malayan villagers. Bob wants the glory of killing the beast, while Melissa is pursuing a different kind of trophy - Bob himself. Sullivan finds himself drawn into a trial of manhood that he is unwilling to undertake. The tension builds steadily towards a thrilling climax in the Malayan jungle.

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