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Modern Classics on Tape – Black Harvest (Collins Modern Classics) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 7 Aug 2000
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“A marvellously powerful book. An unusually effective story which combines sensitivity, realism and horror.”
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“History doesn’t get more real than this.”
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Colin and Prill are looking forward to their holiday in Ireland. But almost from the moment they arrive, Colin feels sick from an awful smell, so powerful and horrible that it seems to be rising from the land of the dead. At the same time, Prill is visited by a strange creature creeping into her dreams.
An atmospheric ghost story, inspired by the Irish potato famine.See all Product description
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Feelings of foreboding along with heat, mustiness and a horrible smell ruin their plans for a good summer, and the baby frets. The dog goes off her food and the kids don't get along. Alone of all the houses around, their newly built cottage has a non-working telephone, and the electricity goes off as well. Milk keeps spoiling. A scary old man in a caravan nearby, the cheery farmer, a hot and bothered priest and a drunken retired doctor all make an appearance. But it's the other people you want to watch for, the ones who haunt dreams or stop you on the road and beg for food....
As I'm Irish I saw in no time that we were getting references to the potato famine caused by blight during the 1840s. The kids are from England, visiting, so it takes them longer to catch up with history. This is a good book to introduce children to the concept of tragedy among a whole populace. I read it in a sitting, but a young reader might be stopping and coming back, and would find themselves dreading picking up the book again, yet needing to continue to find out what happens. Anyone over ten should be okay with it; under that I advise parental guidance.
At the beginning this book drags on but if you read on it turns into an exciting, touching and slightly scary story.
Colin and Prill are stuck with there weedy cousin Oliver who questions everything that they do to find out whether or not there allowed to do things or not.
This has happened after being brought strictly in London whilst being very ill.
This book is for people who enjoy horror and creepy stories.
There father is away working,there mother has to go to a hospital with the baby and the kids are left ill and in despair.
What will happen to them?
Will the baby be ok?
Will they ever get home alive?
Read this and find out!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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