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The Watch House

The Watch House
 

Anne develops an interest in the watch house which houses the momentoes of the lifeboat service. Because of her own unhappiness and uncertainty over the break-up of her parents' marriage, Anne becomes a catalyst and it is through her that the priest exorcises the ghost that haunt... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780140327656
Published 12 December 1988 by Penguin
Format Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By Westall, Robert
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ISBN-13 9780140327656
ISBN-10 0140327657
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Puffin Books
Publication Date 12 December 1988
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Westall, Robert
Series Plus
Category Horror & Ghost Stories, Chillers
Number of Pages 208
Dimensions Width: 110mm
Height: 180mm
Spine: 12mm
Weight 122g
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 13+ years
NBS Text Young Adult Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Anne develops an interest in the watch house which houses the momentoes of the lifeboat service. Because of her own unhappiness and uncertainty over the break-up of her parents' marriage, Anne becomes a catalyst and it is through her that the priest exorcises the ghost that haunts the watch house.

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US Review An ingenious, powerfully atmospheric ghost story with conviction, set in an English coastal village where Anne is dumped on a retired family servant when her parents break up. Fussy Old Prudie's brother Arthur keeps up the Brigade Watch House, once the headquarters for regular and dramatic shipwreck rescues, but now no more than a stuffy, unfrequented museum. Still, Arthur is pained that erosion will soon sweep the place into the sea; what's needed is funds for a retaining wall - and as a benign ghostly presence, known to the aging rescue team as the Old Fellow who organized the brigade, also pleads with her (Anhelpanhelpanhelp, it writes in dust before her eyes), she sets to work writing a guidebook and organizing an open house to coincide with the local Carnival. The project succeeds, but the Old Fellow grows more desperate - and Anne increasingly disturbed: by a large, strangely kinetic skull in the museum. . . a possessed dog who digs up only certain graves. . . an elusive red-coated presence here and there. . . all of which are traced at last to another, more sinister ghost who has been terrorizing the poor guilt-ridden Old Fellow since the latter was a living boy of ten. Meanwhile Anne has made a couple of friends who help her uncover old bones and past intrigues - but despite Timmo's bizarre entrance as Dr. Death at a parish hall disco, he and Pat as characters are no more than the chums of old schoolgirl fiction; Anne's real soulmate in this adventure is a young Catholic priest who exorcises the evil ghost in a suspenseful graveyard climax. As in last year's The Wind Eye Westall makes no bones about his own affiliation to orthodoxy; but, in a way, the institutional connection here only lends seriousness and credibility to the whole experience. (Kirkus Reviews)

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