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The Bewitching of Alison Allbright [Hardcover]

Alan Davidson
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26 May 1988
This is the tale of a girl who is intensely jealous of all the good times her classmates have but who cannot share them because her parents are not very well off. After a series of bizarre events, she experiences life with a rich mother but returns to her old life knowing that money was not the answer to all her problems. "The Bewitching of Alison Allbright" has been the subject of a mini- dramatization by The Book Tower. Alan Davidson wrote his first four books under the pen-name A.D. Langholm. He has also written a series of "Annabel" books.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Children's Books; New edition edition (26 May 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670820156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670820153
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,822,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic story - a real classic! 14 Mar 2002
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I can't keep a count of the number of times I have read this fantastic book, but I know that figure is just going to keep on rising. This book tells the exquisite tale of Alison, a quiet, lonely girl who's life is transformed when a mysterious woman spots her through the window of a train. Alison is taken under this immaculate womans wing and given a taste of a different kind of life - but is it really her's to taste....?
This book is just sheer enjoyment right up to the last page and I urge readers to take a look at Davidson's other fabulous books chronicalling the tales of Anabel Bunce and her exploits at St Willoughbys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended even for adults. 1 Nov 2010
In my teenage years I helped out at the school library, reading the new arrivals and helping to categorise them for suitable ages. In that time there were a few books which, even now, almost twenty years later, I would still re-read and, furthermore, place on any "Must read" list I was compiling, even for adult readers.
The Bewitching of Alison Allbright is one of those few. Grief, greed, obsession and power all tied together in a neat, compelling package. If you want a book that's light and easy, that doesn't challenge your morals or leave you thinking, avoid this.
Oh, in case you are wondering, the other books I read back then which I think are worth reading (even if you are an adult) are the following...
The Changeover by Margaret Mahy (This won numerous awards and accolades and is well worth a look)
This Time of Darkness by H.M. Hoover (Dystopian future world, better than many seen in modern movies. Think "1984".)
Children of the Dust by Louise Lawrence (Three connected stories based on the aftermath of a nuclear war. A hard read, I know adult readers who couldn't even finish this book.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A childhood memory re-visited! 25 Oct 2013
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Wow, having been bought this book very many years ago as a Christmas gift I re-read this as an adult! Its still as interesting, gripping and unusual! Thoroughly enjoyed it 30 (???) years on!!
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