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The Haunting of Charity Delafield Hardcover – 3 Nov 2011


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head (3 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0370332105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0370332109
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.6 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Haunting of Charity Delafield is a beautiful book with fairytale-like qualities which make it a completely charming read right from the first word through to the very last. I enjoyed it thoroughly . . . Definitely a book I would recommend to others (Overflowing Library 2011-08-24)

The novel was fast paced and edgy...Charity is a loveable yet slightly naïve character who you instantly fall in love with...There are some exciting and captivating magical twists that I really enjoyed. This book is full of magic and mystery and it will bring the child out in you. (Dark Readers 2011-10-18)

A perfect fantasy novel for older children . . . in all senses, a magical tale (A N Wilson Reader's Digest)

This enchanting tale strikes a great balance between magical and creepy. The story is pacy and around each corner so to speak, a new twist awaits the reader...The beautiful front cover sets the tone of this clever, entertaining little story which is spooky but not overly scary, allowing young audiences to be introduced to the gothic genre. The book itself is beautifully packaged and it will make a great Christmas present too. (Library Mice 2011-10-31)

Ian Beck is no stranger to fairytales and here he creates a fairytale of his own, weaving in motifs from traditional sources as well as from Victorian classics such as The Secret Garden or even George Macdonald. The result is both charming and very readable. (Ferelith Hordon Books For Keeps 2011-11-01)

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A magical, enchanting tale, with stunning illustrations that will transport you into another world.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SJH @ A Dream of Books on 1 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Haunting of Charity Delafield' is a charming little book which would make the perfect Christmas present, with its gorgeous gold edged cover and pocket size - just right for slipping into someone's Christmas stocking. Although aimed at a slightly younger audience, the story is so exquisite that I think older readers will be won over by it too.

It tells the story of Charity Delafield who lives in a big house with her father, servants and adorable cat Mr Tompkins. Apart from the kindly servants who look after Charity like she is their own daughter, Mr Tompkins is her only friend and companion and has a habit of frequently sneaking onto her bed at night. He's so adorable that I wish I had a cat just like him! Charity has been protected and cosseted all her life and has no real knowledge of life outside her small world. She doesn't see or play with other children and isn't even allowed to explore the whole of the house, most of which is kept locked up. When she's told by her father that she's going to be sent away to a boarding school, Charity is understandably upset but this sets in motion a chain of events which leads to her eventually finding out the truth about her family and the mysterious disappearance of her mother when she was a baby.

I really loved this delightful story which I can see myself picking up to read again and again. It's fairly short so ideal for frequent re-reads but is packed full of charm and is a simply wonderful little book. I loved the character of Chairty and the servants who look after her. They're always slipping her squares of chocolate or steaming mugs of hot chocolate and they treat her like she's their own.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty at the Overflowing Library VINE VOICE on 17 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Haunting of Charity Delafield is a beautiful book with fairytale like qualities which make is a completely charming read right from the first word through to the very last. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

From the very outset you fall straight in love with Charity as a character who is essentially a very lonely little girl having spent her entire life living within the confines of the grounds of a giant house, half of which is locked up and out of bounds, talking to no one except the house keeping staff employed by her Father. Therefore her view on the world as she sees it is quite unique. One morning she is told by her father that she will shortly be sent to live at a boarding school near Cromer on the North Norfolk Coast for her education which throws her entirely. (On a totally geeky note I loved the idea that there was a castle-esque boarding school near Cromer in this book. I want it to be built tomorrow and move in!!)

The main story finally starts after two events. The first is when she meets a mysterious old lady at the fence of her house who gives her a cryptic message to do with Charity's Mother whom she has been lead to believe is dead and the second is when she finds a key that opens part of the house that has been out of bounds as long as Charity can remember. In there she finds an ultra creepy cot with a pair of scissors dangling over directly over it, a strange diary and a portrait of her mother. This leads her to a series of events which leads her on a quest to find out more about her mysterious and absent mother which she has to do in secret so not to anger her very strict father.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By littlepinkstars44 on 6 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was very kindly given this book to read as part of a blog tour a while ago. It took me a while to get around to reading the book, and to be honest I knew it was aimed to more younger readers so I wasn't expecting much from it. Though I was pleasantly surprised when I finished it.

The book follows Charity, who has spent all of her young life locked away at home. She has never been outside of the gates in her garden and has never known her mother. Curiosity soon gets the better of her though and she goes exploring in her huge home and starts to uncover some strange objects that may be linked to her mother.

Charity has also been told that she suffers from a strange illness, and never to over exert herself. Although she has never been told the exact nature of her supposed illness.

After befriending a local chimney sweep boy who comes to the house one day, Charity is determined to get outside and see what the world has to offer. She also wants to discover the truth about herself and her strange illness that her father refuses to talk about.

The writing in the book is simple and easy to get through, like I said it is aimed at a younger audience than what I usually read. To me that fact made the book seem quicker to get through and completely immersed me into Charity's world. I did like the fairy element to the book, that is something I never really saw coming.

Overall it was a light and quick read and I did enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JulieGirl on 24 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Haunting of Charity Delafield is a captivating novel - the captivation starts with its gorgeously rich front cover picture, which immediately drew my eye in the bookshop. The author - who drew the front cover - also paints visual pictures with his words and the story of a young girl's awakening to who she really is, is vividly told.
The story is engaging and is a quick read. The only draw back for me was that the characters seemed rather underdeveloped and the high crisis points of drama resolved themselves easily and conveniently. I never got a sense that Charity was ever in any danger.
The ending was pleasing and I enjoyed it's "happily ever after" feel good factor.
I would recommend this story to children - say 7 to 10 year olds - and not to adult readers who like fantasy fiction.
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