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Brian Keaney - Author

About the Author

Brian Keaney is an award-winning author, best known for his young adult and children’s fantasy novels Jacob's Ladder, The Hollow People and The Magical Detectives. For a number of years he was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Goldsmiths College and at the London College Of Fashion, and he taught creative writing on the Pembroke College Cambridge summer program. He has a house in the west of Ireland where he spends as much time as possible. His writing has been translated into twenty languages, and several of his books have now been bought by US Film Companies

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Alphabet of Heart's Desire

Alphabet of Heart's Desire

Author: Brian Keaney Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2018

A visitor calls with a gift and a message from the past in this literary, historical novel. In 1802 Thomas de Quincey, a young man from a comfortable middle-class background who would go on to become one of the most celebrated writers of his day, collapsed on Oxford Street and was discovered by a teenage prostitute who brought him back to her room and nursed him to health. It was the beginning of a relationship that would introduce Thomas to a world just below the surface of London's polite society, where pleasure was a tradeable commodity and opium could seem the only relief from poverty. Yet it is also a world where love might blossom, and goodness survive. The lives of a street girl, an aspiring writer, and a freed slave cross and re-cross the slums of London in this novel about the birth of passion, the burden of addiction, and the consolations of literature.

Los muchachos no escriben historias de amor

Los muchachos no escriben historias de amor

Author: Brian Keaney, Carmen Cardemil Format: eBook Release Date: 25/05/2017

Quiero dejarles una tarea -dijo el senor McCaffrey-. Que me escriban un cuento, tiene que hablar de una relacion muy importante. -O sea, como una historia de amor -dijo Saima. -Puede ser -repuso el senor McCaffrey. - Y los muchachos? -pregunto Peter-. Los muchachos no escriben historias de amor. -Pero podrian intentarlo -dijo el senor McCaffrey.

The Magical Detective Agency: The Magical Detectives and the Forbidden Spell

The Magical Detective Agency: The Magical Detectives and the Forbidden Spell

Author: Brian Keaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2011

Fresh from their weird, wonderful but highly dangerous adventure in Qullipoth, Otto, Juliet and Cornelius are now a part of The Magical Detective Agency - along with the curious, lemon-sherbet eating Maximilian Hawksmoor. But they are about to embark on a much more risky journey - to the very heart of magic. The future is in their hands...

The Magical Detective Agency: The Magical Detectives

The Magical Detective Agency: The Magical Detectives

Author: Brian Keaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2010

When Otto returns home from school one day to find his mother missing, and then discovers an advert for the Magical Detective Agency, he decides there's nothing for it but to call on their services. In fact, the agency is just one man, a strange character call Maximillan Hawksmoor, who becomes convinced that Otto's mother has been abducted by Elementals - beings who live in a completely different world. It's not long before Otto, plus his friend Juliet and her cat Cornelius, join Max on a strange and dangerous journey to rescue Otto's mother - in a world where anything is possible...

Dr Sigmundus Trilogy: The Mendini Canticle

Dr Sigmundus Trilogy: The Mendini Canticle

Author: Brian Keaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2009

Orobas, the evil creature from the Odyll - the energy field that underlies all things - has made the leap from the shell of the evil Dr Sigmundus's body to Dante's body. In the form of Dante Sigmundus, Orobas seeks total dominion over all souls. In the state of Gehenna that Dante Sigmundus rules, the repression of freedom, dreams and individuality grows ever harsher, and a sinister organisation called The Faithful is being formed to keep the population in line. As Dante is crowned Sigmundus the Second, a new and terrible phase in the history of Gehenna is about to begin, a phase in which the true meaning of the Mendini Canticle will become horribly clear...

Nathaniel Wolfe and the Bodysnatchers

Nathaniel Wolfe and the Bodysnatchers

Author: Brian Keaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2009

The dead cannot rest in peace. Bodysnatchers are plundering the graveyard and stirring up more than they bargained for. It's a job for a ghost hunter! But first Nathaniel Wolfe must take a terrifying journey to the Other Side and put right a terrible wrong...

Literacy World Comets Stage 2: Secrets and Lies Guided Reading Card Framework Ed

Literacy World Comets Stage 2: Secrets and Lies Guided Reading Card Framework Ed

Author: Brian Keaney Format: Cards Release Date: 07/11/2008

Part of the Literacy World series that provides support to deliver shared reading and writing, guided reading, ICT and speaking and listening at Key Stage 2 and Junior level

The Haunting of Nathaniel Wolfe

The Haunting of Nathaniel Wolfe

Author: Brian Keaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2008

It's seven o'clock on a cold, London evening and in a grubby theatre down by the docks, Nathaniel Wolfe watches as his father - the greatest medium in London - takes to the stage. Which of the dead will speak through him tonight? What Nathaniel doesn't know is that his father is meddling with things he does not understand, things he cannot control. Before the night is over a chilling new world will open for Nathaniel, leading him into a mystery that can only be solved from beyond the grave...A thrilling story of the supernatural set among the winding streets of Victorian London.

Dr Sigmundus Trilogy: The Gallow Glass

Dr Sigmundus Trilogy: The Gallow Glass

Author: Brian Keaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/02/2008

In THE HOLLOW PEOPLE, Dante the kitchen boy found that he had the power to manipulate Odyllic Force to confront the evil force that was behind Dr Sigmundus. Now, we meet Dante's nemesis: his evil twin Luther. Luther is being manipulated to do evil in the name of Dr Sigmundus, and only Dante can stop him. Meanwhile, Dante's best friend Bea, is being held captive in a sinister institution, forced to take the drug Ichor, which represses all individuality and creativity. When Dante sets out to save Bea, he has to make a terrible choice.

Dr Sigmundus Trilogy: The Hollow People

Dr Sigmundus Trilogy: The Hollow People

Author: Brian Keaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2007

Dante is a kitchen boy at a sinister institution on the island of Tarnagar. The teachings of Dr Sigmundus hold sway, and everyone has to take ichor when they come of age. No one has dreams after taking ichor. Bea is the privileged daughter of doctors who dreams of a ruined city. When a dangerous new inmate arrives, he stops time and opens up a new world for Dante and Bea.

Jacob's Ladder Reader

Jacob's Ladder Reader

Author: Brian Keaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2007

The Hodder Reading Project Level 3-4 identifies blocks to progression and takes pupils from National Curriculum Level 3 to Level 4. It comprises the Teacher's Resource, Pupil's Book and 6 Readers. Reader 4, Level 4, Jacob's Ladder by Brian Keaney. Jacob wakes in the middle of a field with no recollection of how he came to be there. The only thing he can clearly remember is his name. Is he alive or dead? Jacob is then taken by Virgil, a mysterious guide, to a featureless place named Locus. He is given a grey uniform and becomes part of a mass of young people, all resigned to their fate and struggling to piece together memories of their previous existence. With two companions Jacob sets out on a journey back towards the life he has left. The journey is uncertain; there is no guide, nor any advice as to decisions that have to be made. Challenges, temptations, fearful encounters with strange characters and creatures lead him to the Palace of Remembrance, the gateway back to the real world, where a final (or is it a first?) choice awaits him. >

No Stone Unturned

No Stone Unturned

Author: Brian Keaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/05/2005

When Lisa finally escapes from her abusive husband, he will not let go-in life or in death. A psychological ghost story. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Jacob's Ladder

Jacob's Ladder

Author: Brian Keaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2005

A boy wakes up in the middle of a field. He cannot remember how he came to be there or even who he truly is. All he knows for certain is his name, Jacob. This is the story of a journey through fear towards hope, a choice between a past you cannot remember and a future you cannot predict.

Literacy World Comets Stage 2 Novel Secret

Literacy World Comets Stage 2 Novel Secret

Author: Brian Keaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2002

This literacy programme for juniors offers fiction, poetry and non-fiction reading and writing materials for shared, guided and group reading and writing, and teaching materials. Comets should capture the imagination of more able pupils, and software integrates ICT with literacy teaching.

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