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Robert Westall (1) (1929–1993)

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Værker af Robert Westall

The Machine Gunners (1975) 570 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
Blitzcat (1989) 501 eksemplarer, 10 anmeldelser
The Kingdom by the Sea (1990) 196 eksemplarer, 7 anmeldelser
The Cats of Seroster (1984) 157 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
The Scarecrows (1981) 151 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Ghost Stories (1991) — Redaktør — 146 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Ghost Abbey (1988) 125 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Watch House (1977) 121 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
The Devil on the Road (1978) 108 eksemplarer
Fathom Five (1979) 103 eksemplarer
Gulf (1992) 101 eksemplarer
The Wind Eye (1976) 100 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Futuretrack 5 (1983) 97 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
The Stones of Muncaster Cathedral (1991) 84 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
Urn Burial (1987) 78 eksemplarer
Yaxley's Cat (1991) 75 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Promise (1990) 62 eksemplarer
A Time of Fire (1994) 60 eksemplarer
Demons and Shadows: The Ghostly Best of Robert Westall (1993) 58 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Children of the Blitz (1985) 58 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Stormsearch (1990) 54 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Antique Dust: Ghost Stories (1989) 53 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Blitz (1995) 51 eksemplarer
Vidnet (1994) 51 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Fearful Lovers and other stories (1992) 46 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Break of Dark (1982) 43 eksemplarer
Falling Into Glory (1993) 41 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Christmas Spirit: Two Stories (1994) 40 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Rachel and the Angel and Other Stories (1986) 32 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Echoes of War (1989) 28 eksemplarer
Shades of Darkness: More of the Ghostly Best Stories (1994) 26 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Wheatstone Pond (1993) 24 eksemplarer
Voices in the Wind (1997) 24 eksemplarer
A Place for Me (1993) 24 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Ghosts and Journeys (1988) 19 eksemplarer
Harvest (1996) 19 eksemplarer
A Walk on the Wild Side (1989) 18 eksemplarer
The Creature in the Dark (1988) 18 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Love Match (1997) 15 eksemplarer
Cat's Whispers and Tales (1996) — Redaktør — 14 eksemplarer
The Night Mare (1995) 10 eksemplarer
If Cats Could Fly (Mammoth read) (1990) 10 eksemplarer
The Christmas Cat (1991) 9 eksemplarer
Shadows of War (2019) 8 eksemplarer
Old Man on a Horse (1989) 7 eksemplarer
The Christmas Ghost (1992) 6 eksemplarer
David and the Kittens (2003) 4 eksemplarer
Bufera (1999) 3 eksemplarer
Quasi un fantasma (1998) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Imaginary Lands (1985) — Bidragyder — 359 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventh Annual Collection (1994) — Bidragyder — 257 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Hidden Turnings: A Collection of Stories Through Time and Space (1989) — Bidragyder — 133 eksemplarer, 6 anmeldelser
Best New Horror (1989) — Bidragyder — 86 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Death Walks Tonight: Horrifying Stories (1994) — Bidragyder — 78 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two (2017) — Bidragyder — 75 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
The Young Oxford Book of Ghost Stories (1994) — Bidragyder — 38 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Short Circuits (1992) — Bidragyder — 35 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories, Volume Three (2018) — Bidragyder — 30 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Is Anyone There? (1978) — Bidragyder — 27 eksemplarer
Out of Time (1984) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
The Puffin Book of Ghosts and Ghouls (1992) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
The Machine Gunners [play] (2012) — Original story — 1 eksemplar
Cold Feet (Lightning) (1989) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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English seaside ghost story with a fun cast, rainy atmosphere, and some great spooky moments (especially in the last act). Solid fun.
Amateria66 | 2 andre anmeldelser | May 24, 2024 |
A short novel aimed at older children and published around 1976 which is clearly referenced in the text. A dysfunctional family consisting of parents who are both widowed, the son of the mother and the two daughters of the father, arrive at a beach house in Northumberland which the father has just inherited from his uncle who drowned at sea in mysterious circumstances. En route they stop at Durham where the mother deliberately steps on the tomb slab of Saint Cuddy as he is known locally, or Cuthbert, as the saint reputedly was anti-women.

They have not been at the beach house for long when strange things occur centred around a man who appears at night and seems to be luring the youngest girl from the house. But first there is the discovery of an ancient boat in the boathouse, which has the ability to take its passengers back into the past, into the period when Cuthbert was alive.

I quite enjoyed the story and found the characters fairly realistic with their tensions, squabbling and hangups. Interestingly, at the start the mother is the unsympathetic character and the father seems the nice one, but part way through they flip over. The father's flaws become all too visible.

Knowing something about Saint Cuthbert, this was quite an interesting take on his character although one thing jarred: his tomb would not have been a simple slab. The original one was a raised gold and jewel encrusted shrine - it formed an important place of pilgrimage until the Reformation at which point the shrine was broken up and the valuables pocketed by the officials of King Henry VIII. The simple slab is a modern replacement, so the guide's story about the saint miraculously carving the name in the floor just as it is seen by them is completely wrong, and no one in the story suggests he is talking rubbish so that came over as a clunking mistake, early on in the book. However I was able to suspend disbelief afterwards although I don't know how accurate the portrayal of Cuthbert and his circumstances actually was. I rate this story as a 3-star quite interesting read.
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kitsune_reader | Nov 23, 2023 |
Reading this acclaimed YA novel as an adult, without being told Simon’s age, I would have found it difficult to pinpoint. At times, he seems older; other times younger than his 13 years. This is a book about coming to terms with loss. Simon cannot accept his mother has moved on. The ghosts of the story are many but of the psychological kind. Simon’s hate haunts the book as do the characters. Simon idolises the memory of his father, and moments when his inner demons get the best of him both torment him. Whether the ghosts of the ruined water-mill are real is another matter, but they’re real to Simon. The book’s full of tension and misery. Alas, I found it hard to like Simon and hence care about him because of his early attitude in the book where he doesn’t care what happens to his hamsters, even though he cares far more about a stray cat and her kittens later on. It’s a slight point, but one that may annoy some modern readers. Still, the book is compelling and I can see why it’s award-winning, mostly owing to the writing and the atmosphere the author creates.… (mere)
SharonMariaBidwell | 1 anden anmeldelse | Nov 17, 2023 |
Read this in 1987 when i was 11 - possibly not quite the targeted age category. The older i've got the more chilling the story has become.
geekmoose | 2 andre anmeldelser | Sep 26, 2023 |



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