The Black Book of Secrets by F.E. Higgins

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A boy arrives at a remote village in the dead of night. His name is Ludlow Fitch--and he is running from a most terrible past. What he is about to learn is that in this village is the life he has dreamed of--a safe place to live, and a job, as the assistant to a mysterious pawnbroker who trades people's deepest, darkest secrets for cash. Ludlow's job is to neatly transcribe the confessions in an ancient leather-bound tome: The Black Book of Secrets.

Ludlow yearns to trust his mentor, who refuses to disclose any information on his past experiences or future intentions. What the pawnbroker does not know is, in a town brimming with secrets, the most troubling may be held by his new apprentice.

 

About F.E. Higgins

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F.E. Higgins is the author of The Black Book of Secrets, The Bone Magician and The Eyeball Collector. As a child, she once saw a ghostly apparition, and ever since then, she has been fascinated by the macabre. Born in London, F.E. Higgins now lives in a haunted house that dates back to the fifteenth century, in a small village in rural Kent, England.
 
Published July 14, 2010 by Feiwel & Friends. 298 pages
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Having engineered an ugly end for a particularly despicable villain, Zabbidou ultimately takes Fitch to a huge underground library where the ledger of confessions is shelved with thousands of others (how it came to be in that leg remains unexplained), and Fitch gets a clean, new one of his very own.

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The Black Book of Secrets by FE Higgins 320pp, Macmillan, £8.99 Fiona Higgins's novel - her first - very elegantly presents itself as a horror yarn.

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Compelling and mysterious, the Black Book of Secrets holds a lot of intrigue between its ebony covers.

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The Black Book of Secrets, by F.

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Yes Pages: 336 Date: September 2007 Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books ISBN: 978-0330444057 Ludlow Fitch regains consciousness to find himself chained to a chair by his drunken parents.

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has shipped 700,000 copies to book stores in Taiwan and Hong Kong, a figure that already exceeds the company's total print run of 680,000 for the sixth and penultimate Harry Potter book."

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