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Wildcat Moon [Paperback]

Babs Horton
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3 April 2006
The Skallies, a row of tumbledown houses built on the windlashed coast, was a wild and curious place. A place for people down on their luck. A place where people went to hide. Ten-year-old Archie Grimble, with his crippled leg and one good eye, lived a miserable existence there until a chance encounter with an unhappy little girl and the discovery of a secret diary set him on a mission to unravel the mystery of a boy who drowned off Skilly Point in August, 1900. But Archie's investigation was to have unexpected consequences. A shocking murder and an unexplained abduction were to shatter his exciting new world forever. Only many years later, on his return to the ruined Skallies, does Archie stumble on the final pieces of a puzzle that has haunted him since childhood - and the extraordinary truth about the death of Thomas Greswode is at last revealed.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (3 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743495950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743495950
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Babs Horton was born in Tredegar, South Wales courtesy of the Pope and the Catholic missionaries who,in the previous year were berating young women about the evils of birth control. She moved to London where she lived in many lively pubs and and attended seven different schools, miraculously gaining enough of an education to gain a degree and become a teacher. She has taught in secondary schools, psychiatric units and worked for the Royal Literary Fund as a Writing Fellow at the University of Plymouth.
Her debut novel A Jarful of Angels won the Pendleton May first novel award and was shortlisted for the Authors' Club of Great Britain prize. Since then she has published four more novels; Dandelion Soup, Wildcat Moon and Recipes for Cherubs. She is currently working on a memoir, The Coronation Kid and a novel called the Emporium of Dreams.

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'I loved this book . . . so cunningly and powerfully told' -- Helen Dunmore on A JARFUL OF ANGELS

About the Author

Brought up in Wales, Babs Horton now lives in Plymouth where she teaches at a school for children with special needs. She is the author of three novels, A JARFUL OF ANGELS, DANDELION SOUP and WILDCAT MOON.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only I could give this book 10m stars I would ! 18 April 2006
After reading the two previous books by Babs Horton, I was eagerly awaiting the release of Wildcat Moon. The author has the ability to create such vivid characters and draw you in to the book very quickly. Our hero, Archie Grimble, is created in the story early on with a level of sympathy towards his difficult start in life and knowledge that he would overcome his challenges and become a great detective.

Babs Horon has such a gifted way of creating child hero's with such sensitivity and giving them common sense, yet allowing some harsh realities of life affect them openly. The emotion with which she creates such vivid scenes is a key element to the success of all the stories with honesty and always a twisting plot, which you are unsure how things will turn out.

Life is not easy for our hero and there is alot of challenges and disapointment to overcome, but the writing style always offers hope and happiness, to allow you to always move forward.

I got the book on a Saturday afternnon and had finished reading it on Sunday night, as once you start reading you know you have to follow Archie through all the twist and turns until you reach the end of the journey (in this book anyway).

If you have not read a Babs Horton book yet, I ask that you read one, any one, and I know you will read all three.

The structure of her book would allow easy translation into screenplays and allow conversion into other media formats as scenes are so vivid that you can touch, feel and taste the atmosphere and tension.

Congratulations on an excellent book and I know it may be a while, but I eagerly look forward to your next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic - Highly Recommended 24 Oct 2006
I had already read Babs Hortons first two novels, A Jarful of Angels and Dandelion Soup and so was looking forward to this one immensely. Was I disappointed? Not one bit.

Yet again, we have a perfect, funny, melancholy, touching. . .lets be honest - its just a thumping good read.

It is filled with the usual twists and unexpected turns of the previous books so I won't spoil it by giving away any of the plot.

I buy form Amazon so that I can check other people's reviews before I buy something - I can heartily recommend Wildcat Moon to anyone who wants a lively and enjoyable book to curl up with on a miserable evening, (but I promise that some of the characters will stay with you after).

Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book 23 Sep 2008
I happened to pick up this book on a yachty book-swap this summer and it's turned out to be one of the best books I've read this year. Babs Horton has a wonderful way with words, creates lifelike characters and has a terrific imagination. From page one the story is gripping and it carries on without a dull moment into a very complex story, with each and every character interwoven into the plot to have an important role. The village setting is described so vividly that it takes very little imagination to conjure up a picture of the beautifully named terrace of fishermen's cottages on Bloater Row, the summerhouse and the Wobbly Chapel, and all the people who live there. The main character, little Archie Grimble, is a sorry case with one leg in a calliper and with sticking plaster over one lens of his National Health spectacles is, as is sadly expected, picked on and bullied by the local lads. The story centres round Archie trying, in his childish way, to be a detective and we see how he gains confidence and grows stronger by the end of the book. None of the characters are as they seem and as the story unfolds, nearly all have secrets they would rather leave buried - but this is not to be the case.

I will certainly read Horton's other three novels and look out for any future ones and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Wildcat Moon. It's a fabulous book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another corker from Horton! 3 May 2008
Babs Horton's third novel makes compulsive reading in the spirit of her first two. Characters and events abound, sometimes challenging you to remember who's who. Not a book to put down and come back to a week later. But blow me if you'd want to. I read it in two nights, going short on sleep to follow the enthralling journey. Its powerful reminiscence of 'Dandelion Soup' doesn't detract from its enjoyment, though it lacks the same moments of comic bite.

Horton's settings are invariably vivid to where you can feel yourself there. Childhood, adversity, loss, smatterings of humour and fortuitous events are some disarming hallmarks of her writing. For anyone yet to read her, 'Dandelion Soup' is a 5-star treat of a place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical yet Real 4 Oct 2012
This is such a wonderful book. The characters are flawed, and so lovable and good. The story is so touching, yet filled with hope. It reminds us that any of us can create magic if we help other people in small simple ways. And Archie has all the wishes and desires that I had as a child. Buy this book for a "feel good" read.
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