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Peter Smith, Jun 1, 1989 - Juvenile Fiction - 154 pages
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A curious cold-flamed candle, powerful enough to reverse time, endangers the lives of David and Keith when it brings King Arthur and his knights back to life. Outstanding Quality.

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User Review  - Ma_Washigeri - LibraryThing

One of my favourite books over more than 40 years. I still love the way it can take me into a place of menace and danger and cheer my heart as well as chilling it. Read full review

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User Review  - PollyMoore3 - LibraryThing

Another that I wish I'd read as a child. It's magic up north, according to Mayne and Alan Garner.... Very convincing because of the prosaic mid-1960s reality of the Yorkshire market town the boys ... Read full review


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William Mayne was born on March 16, 1928. Before dropping out of school at 17, he was a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral from 1937 until 1942. He wrote more than 100 books during his lifetime and is best known for his Choir School quartet comprising of A Swarm in May, Choristers' Cake, Cathedral Wednesday and Words and Music, and his Earthfasts trilogy comprising of Earthfasts, Cradlefasts and Candlefasts. He won numerous awards including the Carnegie Medal in 1957 for A Grass Rope, the Guardian Award in 1993 for Low Tide, and the Kurt Maschler prize in 1997 for Lady Muck. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Martin Cobalt, Dynely James and Charles Molin. In 2004, he was convicted of 11 charges of sexual abuse with young girls and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison and placed on the sex offenders' register for life. His books were largely removed from shelves from 2004 onwards, but he continued to write. He died on March 24, 2010 at the age of 82.

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