A ghost story with a difference from the World Fantasy and multiple British Fantasy Award-winning author of Some Kind of Fairy Tale.
It is the summer of 1976, the hottest since records began, and a young man leaves behind his student days and learns how to grow up. A first job in a holiday camp beckons. But with political and racial tensions simmering under the cloudless summer skies there is not much fun to be had. And soon there is a terrible price to be paid for his new found freedom and independence. A price that will come back to haunt him, even in the bright sunlight of summer.
As with Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce has crafted a deceptively simple tale of great power. With beautiful prose, wonderful characters and a perfect evocation of time and place this is a novel that transcends the boundaries between the everyday and the supernatural while celebrating the power of both.
Read by Jonathan Keeble. Jonathan combines his audio work with a busy theatre and TV career. He is very proud to have appeared more times (11) at Manchester's prestigious Royal Exchange Theatre than any one else of his age. He has featured in over 500 radio plays for the BBC appearing in everything from Shakespeare to Sherlock Holmes to Dr Who and is also the evil Owen in The Archers. Much in demand for his voicework, this ranges from playing Sir Christopher Wren in St. Paul's Cathedral to The Angel of Death in the film Hellboy 2, with stops at all points in between. An award-winning reader, Jonathan has recorded over 100 audiobooks.
©2013 Graham Joyce (P)2013 Orion Publishing Group
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... Not quite what I was expecting.
I absolutely loved 'some kind of fairy story' and wanted to read more of Joyce's work. This book jumped out at me due to excellent reader reviews. I like Joyce's quirky tales, and did enjoy this, but I was expecting something a bit more horrifying due to reviews of this 'scary' ghost story. Maybe it's just me, but I didn't find it remotely scary. I just spent most of the book waiting to be made to jump, but in my opinion it's not that type of story. It is atmospheric, idiosyncratic, sympathetic and worth reading. Just don't expect to jump out of your skin!
I would say it's a quirky tale rather than a ghost story, but give it a go and see what you think!
The narrator was fabulous - really brought the story alive with all his voices. I will look out for his reading in future, for sure!
"Essential read for anyone who worked summer holiday camps"
My third Graham Joyce novel and this is as good as some kind of fairy tale and the tooth fairy. Joyce is so accurate with his depiction of life working the summer British sea side camps ( I did my stint in the mid 80 s), I was convinced he must have done so himself.
I loved this. I've read in the winter but it's a perfect summer holiday read. Not at all scary, just a wonderful story.
the good performance by jonathan keeble
the experience of the student being a green coat,
I enjoyed the book as a whole.
I was very moved by one scene involving a little boy. I don't want to give the plot line away.
I really enjoyed the book as I had regular holidays in the parts of Skegness depicted in the book.
"What a stunning writer"
Definitely. Quietly compelling. Evocative and honest, this is a novel of memory and intense emotion.
The hot summer of 1976 beautifully drawn and the intriguing ghost story with a twist.
Excellent. He was the perfect narrator, especially Nobby,
Best enjoyed over a few days to make the pleasure last.
Highly recommended like all Graham Joyce's beautiful books.
"The late great Graham Joyce."
A beautiful, strange, frightening tale from one of England's most under-appreciated writers.
Very well written. Sense of time and place.
Yes I would recommend it if the person wanted some fairly lightweight reading It is well written and well read but the story lacks mystery and is predictable. After "Some kind of majic" I had expected a more imaginative story line.
Adequate, not good for female voice. Definite difference for each character.
"A rollercoaster to no-where"
I really like Graham Joyce' stye of writing and this book has a great pace and mounting tension. The story is sometimes predictable and sometimes not but I felt just peterd out at the end and was a little disappointing.
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