Fen Runners

Author(s): John Gordon

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Wintertime in the moody, atmospheric mists of East Anglia. Diving into the cold, murky water of a lake, Kit and Joe find an elaborate patten - a Fen word for ice skate. Its return to the surface is not widely welcomed and, as it emerges, the story of how the skate became detached from its owner fifty years ago leads the boys deep into a chilling mystery whose conclusion is yet to be played out. What could have been surging up through the ice that day half a century past that so frightened young Tom Townley? Why has Tom suffered constantly from nightmares and visions of beings who make no noise, but so menacingly watch? Who are they watching now - and why?


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Instant appeal for all fans of THE GIANT UNDER THE SNOW. John Gordon's reputation as a master of suspense and the supernatural is unmatched. Crisp, vivid writing combined with a strong sense of place - East Anglia is a location which the author has known for 70 years, and loves. Orion's reissue of GIANT reawakened a fan base who were keen to introduce the novel to new readers. HB and PB editions have sold over 12,000 copies in the UK trade so far. Strong foreign rights potential. Unanimously positive reviews of GIANT: 'the story has lost none of its magic and menace. Both gripping and beautifully written, it should mesmerise a new generation' Bookseller; 'a very modern fantasy' Write Away; 'a stirring tale of the Green Man which has not dated since publication in 1968' Geraldine Brennan, Times Educational Supplement; 'atmospheric and chilling and sure to grip a new generation of young readers' Woman's Weekly

'Gordon's gift for conjuring menace from the simplest of scenes is undimmed, and the shivery scenes will make teens quite glad to go back to school' -- Amanda Craig THE TIMES 'A gripping, well-paced story for vivid imaginations' DAILY MAIL 'A timeless story which is eerily nostalgic...a gripping read for boys and girls' -- Lindsey Stainer THE BOOKSELLER Here starts a spell-binding mystery to be devoured in one sitting' ANGELS & URCHINS 'Children with a taste of magic, mystery and suspense will be quickly drawn into this new novel by Gordon, who has lost none of his talent for conjuring a spine chilling world of strange happenings and malevolent characters' SUNDAY EXPRESS With writing as clean and crisp as the wintry landscape it describes, this latest novel shows him at the peak of his powers, where he has always been, both as a storyteller and a stylist' CAROUSEL 'Full of atmosphere...a haunting read' THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN A beautifully chilling story and has changed the way I will look at the fens forever... a tale that is as magical as it is terrifying in places. READBETWEENLINES.CO.UK

John Gordon was born in 1925. A Geordie by birth, he moved to East Anglia with his family at the age of twelve. He served in the Navy during the Second World War and afterwards worked as a journalist. He is widely recognised as one of the finest contemporary writers of horror and the supernatural. His books include The Giant Under the Snow, The Burning Baby and Other Ghosts, Gilray's Ghost, The Flesh Eater and The Midwinter Watch. Married with two grown-up children, he lives in Norwich.

General Fields

  • : 9781842556849
  • : Orion Publishing Co
  • : Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • : 0.232
  • : February 2009
  • : 178mm X 129mm X 16mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Gordon
  • : Hardback
  • : 823.914
  • : 144
  • : Fiction
  • : Illustrations