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The Ghost of Gosswater

The Ghost of Gosswater

Lucy Strange
Chicken House Ltd
ISBN: 9781911077848

After the death of her father, 12-year-old Lady Agatha Asquith is thrown out of Gosswater Hall by Cousin Clarence, who has become the thirtieth Earl. Not only does she have to leave, she must come to terms with the fact that she is illegitimate and will be living with a man she has never met before - a man who claims to be her father. Stripped of everything she knows, Agatha is determined to find out who she really is...

Superb story-teller Lucy Strange has created another compelling, satisfying story in The Ghost of Gosswater. Combining evocative location descriptions with strong characterisation, this is a story that once started, must be finished.

Each location in the story is vividly described and full of detail.

The finery of Gosswater Hall, with its Red Room, Duchess Suite and ball room, its carvings, paintings and heavy oak doors, contrasts starkly with the simplicity of the cottage Agatha arrives at with its 'latticed windows, bowed roof and crooked chimney'. Evocative language creates the eerie atmosphere of Skelter Island - the cemetery island in the middle of the lake - where the sinister Sexton Black lives.

It is hard to say too much about the characters or the plot without revealing too much, but Cousin Clarence is thoroughly repulsive and Bryn, a breath of fresh air. There is even a special goose called Susan!

A fabulous story with much to recommend it, The Ghost of Gosswater is a must read.

320 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Sue Wilsher, teacher


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