Long Lankin

Long Lankin

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Beware of Long Lankin ...When Cora and her little sister Mimi are sent to stay with their great-aunt in the isolated village of Bryers Guerdon, they sense immediately that they're not welcome. What they don't know is that the last time two young girls were at Guerdon Hall, their visit ended in a mysterious, violent tragedy. Something dark and evil has haunted the village for centuries. Now it has set eyes on its next victim, and it will stop at nothing to lay claim to her. With the help of local schoolboys Roger and Peter, Cora must uncover the horrifying secrets buried deep within Bryers Guerdon - before it is too late for Mimi. Bewitching and atmospheric, this is a truly stunning debut that will linger with you for days after the final, chilling pages.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 29mm | 330g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552563218
  • 9780552563215
  • 293,797

About Lindsey Barraclough

Lindsey Barraclough was born in Essex. She worked as a music teacher and lives in London with her husband and their five children. Her debut novel, Long Lankin, was published in 2011 to critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award, the UKLA Children's Book Award, the We Read Prize and the Southern Schools Award, and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Waterstones Book Prize. It was also named one of the best 100 YA novels by the American Young Adult Library Services Association.show more

Review quote

"The terror is as relentless as the ballad the story springs from ... Chilling" -- Geraldine Brennan Observer "A fabulous revisiting of the hoariest of old chestnuts" Daily Telegraph "Not for the faint-hearted, this mesmerizing tale generates goosebumps on almost every page" Booktrust "A real stunner of a debut: Long Lankin is a wonderful, imaginative slow burner of a thriller ... Lindsey Barraclough's first novel is written with a style and intelligence that would put many an adult thriller to shame" -- John Millen Young Post "Such an impressive debut. Every element is spot on - from the elegant prose, through the realistic portrayal of various aspects of family life, the three-dimensional characters and the occasional comic set-piece, to the supernatural horror underpinning it, which is absolutely chilling. Highly recommended" -- Jill Murphy The Bookbagshow more

Review Text

"Not for the faint-hearted, this mesmerizing tale generates goosebumps on almost every page"show more

Back cover copy

LONG LANKIN 'He's here again,' she whispered. 'Who - who's here again?' 'Listen to me. He knows she's here. He will hunt for her. He will smell her out. They all hope he's gone away, but he never goes away. He just waits. He'll be looking for that little girl, then he can rest again - until the next one comes . . .' 'Who? Who are you talking about?' 'Long Lankin,' she hissed, holding my collar in her dirty, veined old hands. 'Long Lankin . . .' Set against a backdrop of murder, witchcraft and revenge, this eerie tale of a young girl's struggle to protect her sister from a centuries-old evil is beautifully evocative and utterly spellbinding. 'I struggled to put it down . . . I hope everyone discovers Lindsey Barraclough' TESshow more

Rating details

2,501 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 26% (643)
4 37% (919)
3 25% (636)
2 9% (220)
1 3% (83)
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