Author(s): John Boyne
1867. Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall on a dark and chilling night. As she makes her way across the station platform, a pair of invisible hands push her from behind into the path of an approaching train. She is only saved by the vigilance of a passing doctor. When she finally arrives, shaken, at the hall she is greeted by the two children in her care, Isabella and Eustace. There are no parents, no adults at all, and no one to represent her mysterious employer. The children offer no explanation. Later that night in her room, a second terrifying experience further reinforces the sense that something is very wrong. From the moment she rises the following morning, her every step seems dogged by a malign presence which lives within Gaudlin's walls. Eliza realizes that if she and the children are to survive its violent attentions, she must first uncover the hall's long-buried secrets and confront the demons of its past...
A chilling ghost story in the tradition of MR James by one of Ireland's finest writers
John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971 and is the author of eight novels including the international bestsellers Mutiny on the Bounty, The Absolutist and The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas which won two Irish Book Awards, topped the nEw York Times bestseller list in the US and was made into a Miramax feature film. His novels are published in over 40 languages. He lives in Dublin.www.johnboyne.com