Stories Aloud
Publication date: 02 Feb 2012
ISBN: 9780857630506
Size: 129 x 198 mm
Length: 256 pages

Twelve Minutes to Midnight


Why are the patients of Bedlam waking every night at twelve minutes to midnight? What is the meaning of the strange messages they write? Who is the Spider Lady of South Kensington?

Penelope Tredwell, thirteen-year-old owner of The Penny Dreadful, is always seeking mysteries to fill the pages of her magazine. But this isn’t any ordinary story, it’s the future.

And the future looks deadly…

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“Pacy and tightly-plotted, this is an exuberant and entertaining adventure story set in an appealingly foggy and sinister Victorian London. The feisty and courageous Penelope makes the perfect heroine for an adventure packed with exciting twists and turns.”

– Booktrust

“Historical fiction with a difference; the first book in an electrifying series.”

– The Bookseller

“an extremely well written thrilling mystery.”

“A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style…an electrifying story from an exciting new author”

“A gripping story which brings Victorian London vividly to life.”

“An enjoyable read set in Victorian England with a lead character who I adored … I am already excited about getting the next instalment.”

“I found this book absolutely gripping and loved the combination of Victorian London – with its Dickensian scar-faced villains and possibly-mad beautiful widows – and the supernatural, with the eerie predictions of the asylum inmates.”

“Really pacey historical thriller with a great sense of eerie Victorian atmosphere.”

– The Bookseller

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