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Written Stone Lane

Written by A. J. Hartley

Illustrated by Janet Pickering

Part of the Ghostly Chronicles of Preston Oldcorn Series

Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for Young Adults Horror / Ghost Stories

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A fast-paced, atmospheric thriller replete with ancient ghosts and deadly-dealings

Taking inspiration from an inscription on a stone in Written Stone Lane, Lancashire (“RAUFFE RADCLIFFE LAID THIS STONE TO LYE FOREVER: AD 1655”), this sophisticated ghost story – the sequel to Carnegie-nominated Cold Bath Street - sees 15-year-old Preston embroiled in a classic quest to save the world from destruction at the hands of ancient spectres.

Preston currently lives in the North of England in 1978, where he and a girl called Tracey bond over “Hong Kong Garden” by Siouxsie and the Banshees. Tracey doesn’t remember the past they’ve shared, “the ghost dogs and the Roman legionaries, the spectre which had emerged from the painting at the Harris Library”, while Preston “could see it all, bright and certain and real as brick and pain and darkness”. When an ancient stone is shifted, lethal ghosts are released and it falls to Preston to fix this desperately dangerous situation, with a prickling sense of suspense and shrewd interweaving of local folkloric beings.
The atmosphere is enhanced by Janet Pickering’s haunting illustrations, and the language is always elegant, steady and smooth, belying the perilous situations Preston finds himself up against. Perfect for fans of Joseph Delaney and Jonathan Stroud.

Joanne Owen

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Written Stone Lane Synopsis

RAUFFE RADCLIFFE LAID THIS STONE TO LYE FOREVER: AD 1655...so says the mysterious stone laying on Written Stone Lane. When the stone is moved years later, murderous ghosts and ancient spectres are released. The only one that can save the world from murder and destruction is Preston Oldcorn, a 15 year old boy from the North of England and his friends. Written Stone Lane is a fast-paced ghost thriller that will set your heart racing until the very end.

Written Stone Lane Press Reviews

Praise for Cold Bath Street;

This is an excellent book with compelling characters, a creepy atmosphere and a clever plot. It was hard to put down and I finished it in one day   Bestselling Spooks author Joseph Delaney

Twisted. Explosive. The best thriller of the year  New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter

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ISBN: 9781912979073
Publication date: 31/10/2019
Publisher: UCLan Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912979073
Publication date: 31st October 2019
Author: A. J. Hartley
Illustrator: Janet Pickering
Publisher: UCLan Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: Horror / Ghost Stories

About A. J. Hartley

Author A. J. Hartley is the bestselling writer of mystery/thriller, fantasy, historical fiction, and young adult novels. He was born in northern England, but has lived in many places including Japan, and is currently the Robinson Professor of Shakespeare studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where he specializes in the performance history, theory and criticism of Renaissance English drama, and works as a director and dramaturg.

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