Published: 01/06/2011
ISBN: 9781848766556
eISBN: 9781848769076
Format: Paperback/eBook



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Born in Yorkshire in 1951, where I have lived most of my life, I left school in 1966 without academic qualifications. Finding employment in a variety of jobs, including farming and factory work. Then ... read more

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Blackdaw Cottage
by Philip Dent

When Abigail, Morton, Ruth and her dog go sledging one snowy day in their sleepy village, they wander off into the forest to find the cottage of the notorious recluse, Bentley. After an encounter with the unpleasant gamekeeper Vargis, they continue through a worsening blizzard to the cottage, where they are forced to take shelter.

Bentley returns and the children are scared, but they soon grow to trust the elderly man, who tells them the story of Ivan and Gertrude Murdac, outcasts who lived at Blackdaw Cottage years earlier. Meanwhile, the children's parents wait for them, miles away, worried at the fate of their offspring in such horrendous conditions.

Day turns to night, night turns to day, and everyone finds that the snow has changed some things forever....

A novel for teenages, Blackdaw Cottage will keep the reader hooked as they follow the story of the Murdacs and the fate of the three young children and a dog. Author Philip has been inspired by a number of authors, including classic writers the Brontës, Charles Dickens and George Eliot amongst others. He is a particular fan of V S Naipaul, whose book The Enigma of Arrival he studied for his MA.

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is my second novel and is now out as an ebook on Amazon.

My novel explores Charlotte Bronte's love affair, and portrays her removed from the dowdy spinster she exists in the minds of many. shows a passionate, and indeed a compassionate side to Charlotte's nature in an age when women were expected to adhere to the strict, pious conventions of Victorianism. My book challenges this, showing her as a feisty woman with a wicked sense of humour, able to stand her ground with the best of men.

In the aftermath of the deaths of her siblings, Charlotte was lonely; she was troubled frequently by ill health, while struggling to finish her novel . In order to help alleviate her loneliness she visited friends whenever she could, and travelled to her publishers in London. Nothing, though, could compensate for the loss of her sisters. Then Arthur Nicholls, Patrick Bronte's curate, proposed marriage. A new beginning beckoned, but her father's opposition was both unexpected and vociferous. He was furious that the 'lowly' curate should have the audacity to attempt to enhance his position in marrying his now famous daughter. Mr Bronte forbade such a union, which awakened strong emotions.

Could romance flourish amid such hostile opposition, amid bigotry and prejudice. Download a copy of and discover for yourself.

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