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Chris Priestley - Author

About the Author

Chris Priestley has worked as a cartoonist for high-profile publications including THE NEW STATESMAN. Young Corgi published his first-ever book, DOG MAGIC! which was shortlisted for the Children's Book Award. He has also written historical non-fiction for young readers. He is married with a young son.

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The Wickford Doom

The Wickford Doom

Author: Chris Priestley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2015

When Harry and his mother inherit a house from a mysterious relative of his father's following his death in the War, they travel across the country to discover the bequeathing was a cruel trick - the house has fallen into the sea. But it seems there's even more afoot at Wickford Hall than they first imagined, as tales of lost children and evil paintings soon capture Harry's imagination. Is there something evil lurking in the land? And can Harry defeat it before it swallows him up too? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

The Dead Men Stood Together

The Dead Men Stood Together

Author: Chris Priestley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/10/2014

In a harbour town long ago, a boy is entranced by his uncle's stories of adventure in lands far away. Ignoring the crazy talk of the harbour pilot's son about the uncle being the Devil, the boy boards a ship with his uncle. But the uncle soon makes enemies of the captain and crew and, in frustration at their superstition, kills an albatross that has befriended the ship. As the ship sails on, madness and death ensue, and the boy and the crew face unimaginable horrors. A superbly gripping and haunting tale for fans of all classic horror.

Dog Magic!

Dog Magic!

Author: Chris Priestley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2014

Imagine being able to wish for anything you wanted! Lucy has the surprise of her life when she releases a genie from an old bottle. Wow - unlimited wishes for a year! But wait a minute... Lucy didn't wish for dinosaur bones. And where have all the cats gone? Why does Lucy's dog Mitch look so full of himself? Uh-oh. It looks like a case of dog magic!

Through Dead Eyes

Through Dead Eyes

Author: Chris Priestley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2014

Alex joins his father on a business trip to Amsterdam. During the day he hangs out with the daughter of a family friend. They visit the usual sights but also coffee shops and flea markets off the beaten track. At one of these markets Alex spots an ancient-looking mask. Before he knows what he's doing he buys it. Later, in his hotel room, he feels compelled to put the mask on. Alex is sucked into a parallel Amsterdam, one from centuries before which begins to reveal the dark past of both the building he is staying in and the little girl who once lived there . . . edging stealthily towards the terrible twist.

Dead Eyes - Der Fluch der Maske

Dead Eyes - Der Fluch der Maske

Author: Chris Priestley Format: eBook Release Date: 28/02/2014

Im neuen Roman des Meisters dusterer Szenarien, Chris Priestley, ist Thrill von der ersten Seite an garantiert. Alex, Sohn eines englischen Schriftstellers, reist mit seinem Vater nach Amsterdam und beginnt mit der hbschen Studentin Angelin die Stadt zu entdecken. Auf einem Fohmarkt stt er auf eine alte Maske, die er erwirbt und wenig spter - allein in seinem Hotelzimmer- aufsetzt. Pltzlich verndert sich die Welt um ihn, denn er beginnt seine Umgebung mit den Augen der frheren Maskentrgerin wahrzunehmen. Whrend Alex mehr und mehr ber dieses Mdchen mit der Maske erfhrt, begibt er sich gleichzeitig auf einen schmalen Pfad zwischen Gefahr und Faszination.

The Dead Men Stood Together

The Dead Men Stood Together

Author: Chris Priestley Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2013

In a harbour town long ago, a boy is entranced by his uncle's stories of adventure in lands far away. Ignoring the crazy talk of the harbour pilot's son about the uncle being the Devil, the boy boards a ship with his uncle. But the uncle soon makes enemies of the captain and crew and, in frustration at their superstition, kills an albatross that has befriended the ship. As the ship sails on, madness and death ensue, and the boy and the crew face unimaginable horrors. A superbly gripping and haunting tale for fans of all classic horror.

New World

New World

Author: Chris Priestley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2013

The year is 1584 and fourteen-year-old Kit is living by his wits as a thief on the streets of Elizabethan London - a far-cry from his early childhood, when he lived a privileged life with his rich Catholic parents, who died when he was very small. The memory of his parents haunts Kit: his father was executed for plotting to kill the Queen but went to his death proclaiming his innocence. When Kit meets John White, a mapmaker and associate of Walter Raleigh, on the streets and White offers him a place in his household, Kit accepts. Soon Kit finds himself with White on board The Tiger, bound for the New World as part of a voyage to found a new colony in Virginia. After surviving the many weeks at sea, a great storm and contact with the Spanish along the American coast, The Tiger finally reaches Virginia and the settlers establish a colony at Roanoake. Life in the colony is hard, the relationship with the Indian tribes made precarious by the aggression of some of the English colonists. As trading with the tribes break down and winter sets in, food becomes scarce and the colonists struggle to survive. And Kit's past comes back to haunt him when an enemy suddenly reveals himself . . .

Mister Creecher

Mister Creecher

Author: Chris Priestley Format: eBook Release Date: 05/02/2013

London, 1818. Es sind schwere Zeiten, gefahrliche Zeiten - besonders fur einen 15-jahrigen Straenjungen, der ganz allein um sein Uberleben kampft! Und so geht Billy, der Taschendieb, einen gewagten Handel ein.

Christmas Tales of Terror

Christmas Tales of Terror

Author: Chris Priestley Format: eBook Release Date: 08/11/2012

From malevolent snowmen to Father Christmas - with a difference ... Chris Priestley is on absolute top form in these atmospheric, clever and thoroughly chilling stories. Add a new kind of thrill to the fluffiest of seasons with seven brilliantly conceived examples of why you'd better be good at Christmas time. For stories which can be enjoyed by the whole family, unwrap these perfectly formed festive tales of terror, each with a gripping yarn and genius twist.Singing carols may never seem quite the same again ... especially after dark.

Christmas Tales of Terror

Christmas Tales of Terror

Author: Chris Priestley Format: eBook Release Date: 08/11/2012

From malevolent snowmen to Father Christmas - with a difference... Chris Priestley is on absolute top form in these atmospheric, clever, and thoroughly chilling stories. Add a new kind of thrill to the fluffiest of seasons with seven brilliantly conceived examples of why you'd better be good at Christmas time. For stories which can be enjoyed by the whole family, unwrap these perfectly formed festive tales of terror, each with a gripping yarn and genius twist.Singing carols may never seem quite the same again... especially after dark.

The ICSA Charities Trustee's Guide

The ICSA Charities Trustee's Guide

Author: Chris Priestley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2012

Charity trustees have wide-ranging legal responsibilities and carry overall accountability for their charity. It is essential that they are prepared and equipped with the appropriate information to fulfil this demanding role. This book provides quick and easy access to essential information on charities regulation and best practice including trustee recruitment and responsibilities, governance, board structure and functions, financial issues (including fundraising) and trustee-staff relations. The aim of the book is to support trustees of small- to medium-sized charities and covers the key aspects of the trustee function that are common to the majority of trustees. Useful tips, sample documents and summary checklists are included throughout. Real-world examples help to put theory into practice The only up-to-date and in-depth book in the market today

The Dead of Winter

The Dead of Winter

Author: Chris Priestley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2011

Michael Vyner recalls a terrible story, one that happened to him. One that would be unbelievable if it weren't true! Michael's parents are dead and he imagines that he will stay with the kindly lawyer, executor of his parents' will . . . Until he is invited to spend Christmas with his guardian in a large and desolate country house. His arrival on the first night suggests something is not quite right when he sees a woman out in the frozen mists, standing alone in the marshes. But little can prepare him for the solitude of the house itself as he is kept from his guardian and finds himself spending the Christmas holiday wandering the silent corridors of the house seeking distraction. But lonely doesn't mean alone, as Michael soon realises that the house and its grounds harbour many secrets, dead and alive, and Michael is set the task of unravelling some of the darkest secrets of all. A nail-biting story of hauntings and terror by the master of the genre, Chris Priestley.

Blood Oath

Blood Oath

Author: Chris Priestley Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/05/2011

Roman Britain, north of Hadrian's Wall, 180 AD. A teenage boy has witnessed the killing of his father by a savage warrior from a rival tribe. Blind with range and grief, he swears vengeance. When the chance comes to train as a Roman legionary, he jumps at it, desperate to learn. He is a natural fighter, but can he acquire the self-control he will need to become a true warrior and defeat his sworn enemy? And just how far will his conscience allow him to take the fight against the tribe? Blood Oath is part of the HEROES series - created with series editor Frank Cottrell Boyce and specifically written to engage and captivate less confident readers. An epic adventure packed full of action and cliff-hangers that boys and girls will not be able to put down. A great solution for reluctant readers and encouraging reading for pleasure. A real page turner which manages to put many real historical elements into a blood thirsty adventure. I liked the way the author has mixed historical fact with an emotional journey. Sally Atkins, St Michael's Middle School, Dorset A well paced story which ties in well with the history topic of The Romans... Boys will love the constant action of the book and the jacket definitely shouts 'pick me up and read me'! Sue Canty, Caedmon School, Whitby

Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth

Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth

Author: Chris Priestley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2011

A boy is put on a train by his stepmother to make his first journey on his own. But soon that journey turns out to be more of a challenge than anyone could have imagined as the train stalls at the mouth of a tunnel and a mysterious woman in white helps the boy while away the hours by telling him stories - stories with a difference.

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