Eleven-year-old Alastair leads a lonely life in darkest Cornwall: his parents ignore him, his only friend has moved away, and he’s beset by a plethora of frankly embarrassing nervous conditions that ensures permanent ostracism from the rest of his class. But then who should arrive in the village but Saoirse, a new girl, cool where Alastair’s pathetic, smart where he’s perennially confused, unconcerned with school popularity contests and obsessed with unsolved mysteries involving ghosts. In her wake is her adorably potty-mouthed little brother Billy, crazy, reckless, a force of nature and a law unto himself.Everywhere he goes, Billy creates a hurricane of chaos to which he’s oblivious. Saoirse pressgangs Alastair and Billy into a team of wonderfully incompetent ghost hunters and through their adventure into the village’s murky past, replete with sinister sword wielding ghosts, Alastair is forced to confront his own shortcomings as well as his greatest fears.
A comic debut full of strong, memorable characters and a plot littered with twists and turns.
About the Author
David Wandsworth grew up outside Chicago, but an ingrained Anglophilia led him to jump the pond and settle in London. Here he teaches secondary school, obsesses over the Beatles and Frank Sinatra and talks about nothing but film. Such disparate and unlikely influences as Proust, Kierkegaard and Groucho Marx inform his prose. He has a lovely daughter whom he forces to watch old movies and fake-laugh at his jokes, and tries to write books that would appeal to her.