The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

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Dutton, 1973 - Juvenile Fiction - 186 pages
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The ghost of a seventeenth-century sorcerer emerges as a poltergeist and attempts to make young James his apprentice.

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

Penelope seems to have acquired a great dislike for me following my first tentative approaches several years ago. I don't know what I did to offend her so much. Read full review

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User Review  - Claire Stevens - Goodreads

This was my absolute favourite book of all time when I was nine. I'm older than dirt so this was a long time ago, but I still firmly believe that The Ghost Of Thomas Kemp is an all-time children's ... Read full review


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Penelope Lively grew up in Egypt but settled in England after the war and took a degree in history at St Anne's College, Oxford. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a member of PEN and the Society of Authors. She was married to the late Professor Jack Lively, has a daughter, a son and four grandchildren, and lives in Oxfordshire and London.

Penelope Lively is the author of many prize-winning novels and short story collections for both adults and children. She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize; once in 1977 for her first novel, The Road to Lichfield, and again in 1984 for According to Mark. She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger. Her novels include Passing On, shortlisted for the 1989 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award, City of the Mind, Cleopatra's Sister and Heat Wave.

Penelope Lively has also written radio and television scripts and has acted as presenter for a BBC Radio 4 program on children's literature. She is a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award.

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