THE HAIRY HAND
author: Robin Bennett
Monster Books (19 January 2019)
Septimus Plog always knew he was very different from everyone else that lived in the village of Nowhere. Even his own parents made him feel like a complete stranger. His name was different; he thought differently; he wanted to be happy when no one else seemed to care and...he could read. Now THAT was different. One day, a mysterious letter arrived for Sept; a letter that would change his life...eventually. The letter sent him off on a long, dangerous journey and led him to an inheritance from his Uncle, a great and powerful wizard and (more to the point, as far as his parents were concerned) a very wealthy man. Sept arrives back home after facing weird and curious obstacles; and frankly wondering if he should bother to go home at all; with a dusty, battered old box and his parents are furious! That is, until they discover that within the box is a peculiar, creepy-looking little Hairy Hand that will make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. But with strong magic and great power at the end of your finger tips (literally) comes great trouble and big problems. These things are never quite as easy as they seem, are they?
A fabulous, gothic mystery filled with quirky, truly creepy characters, magical mishaps and eerie goings-on, this is a read that ticks all the boxes. Septimus is a wonderful 'outsider' type, born into a world full of misfits and ne'er-do-well characters who is just trying to discover his purpose and find his way. With absolutely horrid parents and very little support (except for the Hairy Hand and a ghost or two trying to guide him), Sept sets off on an adventure of self-discovery with a lot of bumps along the road. Well-written, the story doesn't let up in the action, but still makes time for thoughtful moments. The plot doesn't so much build as throw the reader straight in with great humour and fun and many jolts that will make you gasp and then, laugh out loud. Touches of such authors as Roald Dahl, Marcus Sedgwick, Dickens and Poe combine eloquently to reveal a truly unique, memorable and thrilling tale you will not forget. The physical book itself is a beautiful, hardback package with fascinating black and white drawings scattered through the story to add clarity and fascination. Hilariously sinister, genuinely heart-warming and marvelously astute. Read this book NOW!
About the author:
Robin Bennett is an author and entrepreneur who has written several books for children, adults, and everything in between. Listed in the Who’s Who of British Business Excellence at 29, his 2016 documentary "Fantastic Britain", about the British obsession with fantasy and folklore, won best foreign feature at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, and his first book for young adults, Picus the Thief, won the Writer's News Indie Published Book of the Year Award in 2012.
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