The Mark of Cain

The Mark of Cain

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1567 Aphra is not a normal child. Found abandoned as a baby among the reeds and rushes, the two outcast witches who raise her in their isolated cottage are never sure if she was born, or just pushed up through the foul, black mud for them to find. Little Aphra's gifts in the dark craft are clear, even as an infant, but soon even her guardians begin to fear her. When a violent fire destroys their home, Aphra is left to fend for herself. Years of begging and stealing make her strong, but they also make her bitter, for she is shunned and feared by everyone she meets. Until she reaches Bryers Guerdon and meets the man they call Long Lankin - the leper. Ostracized and tormented, he is the only person willing to help her. And together, they plot their revenge. 1962 Four years have passed since the death of Ida Guerdon, and Cora is back in Bryers Guerdon in the manor house her aunt left to her. It is a cold, bitter winter, and the horrifying events of that sweltering summer in 1958 seem long past. Until Cora's father arranges for some restoration work to take place at Guerdon Hall, and it seems that something hidden there long ago has been disturbed.
The spirit of Aphra Rushes - intent on finishing what she began, four centuries ago.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 496 pages
  • 138 x 223 x 42mm | 634g
  • Bodley Head Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • b+w chapter heads
  • 1782300198
  • 9781782300199
  • 917,429

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1567

Abandoned as a baby among the reeds and rushes, Aphra is raised by outcast witches in the isolated wood. Even as a child, her gifts in the dark craft are clear, and soon even her guardians begin to fear her.

Soon Aphra must fend for herself. Years of begging and stealing make her strong, but bitter, for she is shunned by everyone she meets.

Until she reaches Bryers Guerdon and meets the man they call Long Lankin. Ostracized and tormented, he is the only person willing to help her.

And together, they plot their revenge.

1962

Four years have passed since the death of Ida Guerdon. Cora and Mimi have returned to the manor house left to them in Ida’s will.The winter is deathly cold, and the horrifying events of that sweltering summer in 1958 seem long past.

Then their father arranges for some restoration work to take place at Guerdon Hall, and Cora soon realizes that an age-old presence has been awoken: the spirit of Aphra Rushes, intent on finishing what she began four centuries ago.
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Review Text

"What an incredibly dark story this is, and how full of thrill. What skills in planting chilling fears in the mind of the reader, just by little touches: a reflection in the window, a chill in the air, a whispering noise. It works so well that at every turn of the story the mind is teased to unleash one’s fears to imagine horrific scenarios . . . A thrilling tale and a most powerful sequel"
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"What an incredibly dark story this is, and how full of thrill. What skills in planting chilling fears in the mind of the reader, just by little touches: a reflection in the window, a chill in the air, a whispering noise. It works so well that at every turn of the story the mind is teased to unleash one's fears to imagine horrific scenarios ... A thrilling tale and a most powerful sequel" Armadillo "What an incredibly dark story this is, and how full of thrill. What skills in planting chilling fears in the mind of the reader, just by little touches: a reflection in the window, a chill in the air, a whispering noise. It works so well that at every turn of the story the mind is teased to unleash one's fears to imagine horrific scenarios ... A thrilling tale and a most powerful sequel" Armadillo
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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.
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263 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 28% (74)
4 38% (99)
3 23% (61)
2 9% (23)
1 2% (6)
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