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Catherine Johnson is an award-winning writer of Welsh/African Caribbean descent, now living in Hastings in East Sussex. Her novels for children include Stella, The Dying Game, Arctic Hero, selected for Booked Up 2009 and A Nest of Vipers, shortlisted for the UKLA Award 2009. She lectures in creative writing at London Metropolitan University and is a Trustee of The Reading Agency. She works regularly with children and teachers in primary schools and libraries across the UK.


Catherine Johnson has penned a clever historical novel that provides a fascinating insight into an aspect of the 18th century * * Both thought-provoking and accessible, this is an impressive historical adventure. * * Both original and informative . . . the wealth of detail never slows what is a tightly woven plot * Historical Novel Society * [Reminiscent of] Jamila Gavin's Coram Boy * The Independent * Historical fiction with a gruesome twist. * The Independent supp. * An enjoyable tale. * Books for Keeps * Cleverly constructed, rich in atmosphere and truly exciting. * The School Librarian * Her best thus exciting and satisfying read * Carousel * It was a wonderful setting in terms of location and era and Catherine Johnson really captures the more gruesome elements of body dissection and life in the 18th century. I loved the fiery nature of Loveday and her enthusiastic nature that was sort of infectious as I read. . . A great read for fans of historic style novels and a real mystery adventure that I truly enjoyed * Sister Spooky * Often gory and gruesome, this tale is perfect for readers who love crime stories. * The Week Junior *

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