Author(s): Patricia Elliott
Young Adult | No Category
Eugenie de Boncoeur is growing up in Paris, unaware that her guardian has contracted her to marry the sinister spymaster known as 'le Fantome' when she turns sixteen. She finds herself falling for the handsome lawyer, Guy Deschamps, but there is little time for romance; France is descending into chaos as the Revolution takes hold. Soon Eugenie is fleeing for her life. Her brother Armand has become involved in a plot to save the King from the guillotine, the mob is searching for aristocrats, and le Fantome, the pale assassin, is on their trail - desperate for revenge.
Ambergate: 'This is a beautiful, compelling novel.' -- Guardian 20050430 Murkmere: 'Fraught with fenland mist and magic, this supernatural thriller ... is compassionate and original.' -- The Times 20050430 'Compelling ... a salutary reminder to keep an eye on the children's bookshelves.' -- SFX magazine 20050430 The Ice Boy: 'A remarkable first novel ... here is a writer whom you can trust.' -- Armadillo 20050430 'Elliott is one of [the Fidler Award's] worthiest winners. This atmospheric debut novel [is] heavy on Kleenex' -- The Glasgow Herald 20050430
Patricia Elliott was born in London, but grew up in Europe and the Far East. A voracious reader since childhood 'where she had the resources of ten different school libraries', she also made up ghost stories to scare her friends! As an adult, she worked in publishing in London and in a children's bookshop in New York. She now teaches a course in children's literature at an adult education college, and is writing further novels. She lives in Barnes with her husband and two sons. Her first book, The Ice Boy, won the Fidler Award for a first novel, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and the West Sussex award. Her second novel, Murkmere, was longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award.