Mister Corbett's Ghost

Mister Corbett's Ghost

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A brilliant collection of three short stories from a master story-teller, who will keep you turning the pages until the very end. The chilling title story tells of a young apprentice who makes a pact with a strange old man one New Year's Eve to rid the world of Mr Corbett, his cruel employer. Sure enough Mr Corbett meets an untimely death, but the tables turn on the terrified apprentice who finds himself cursed with the ghost of the man he hated most in the world...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 137 pages
  • 130 x 210mm | 216g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • b&w illustrations
  • 019271810X
  • 9780192718105

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"I want your heart and soul, Master Partridge. I expect them. I demand them." In revenge, apprentice Benjamin Partridge, sent to deliver a potion on New Year's Eve, bargains with the dusty customer for the death of his apothecary master, then, unable to dispose of the body, bargains for a ghost as the lighter burden. But Mister Corbett's ghost is more than he can bear: it reveals itself by its very transparency, causing the two to be shunned, subsequently discloses that the apothecary, contrite, was on his way to recall Benjamin when he was felled. "Fear, shame and remorse" fill the boy, but there is a remedy - the selfsame jar that entombed Mister Corbett gives up his ghost and renews his spirit. The concluding "Happy New Year" recalls another haunted holiday, and, indeed, this novella stands in relation to Garfield's work as much as A Christmas Carol does to Dickens'. Not an instant classic, perhaps, but a stylish chiller-thriller to warm your heart. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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3 31% (15)
2 4% (2)
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