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The Hollow People by Brian Keaney

The Hollow People

Part of the Dr. Sigmundus Trilogy Series

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The Hollow People by Brian Keaney

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.


This is a remarkable piece of writing, broodingly atmospheric and sympathetic towards its troubled teenaged protagonists. The Times This gripping thriller has the freshness and philosophical drive of Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials
with a substitution of spirituality and belief for that of inspiration and creativity. A must

-read for all creative, free thinkers. Books for Keeps This is an absorbing, page-turning adventure, with echoes of Orwell and Huxley, tackling powerful themes of authority, oppression and autonomy. The Bookseller

About the Author

Brian Keaney is a former teacher who now writes full time. He is also currently writer-in-residence at a London college. His other books include Family Secrets, The Private Life of Georgia Brown and Balloon House. Bitter Fruit and Jacob's Ladder were shortlisted for the South Lanarkshire Children's Book Award.

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Publication date

3rd May 2007


Brian Keaney

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Orchard Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group


272 pages


Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)



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