Kitty in the Winter Wild

Meeting her brother and sister to travel home for Christmas should have been a joyous occasion for eleven-year-old Kitty. But this is the worst winter in living memory. The country is blanketed in snow, roads and railways are blocked, power supplies are failing and sinister forces are at work. Who is the enormous woman on the train, and why is she so interested in the School Debating Cup which Kitty has 'borrowed'? When a famous magician tells you there is no such thing as magic, should you believe him? What is it that comes snuffling round the doors in the night? And there are reports of stranded lorry drivers being attacked and whole villages found deserted ...
Written in the author's usual quirky style, Kitty in the Winter Wild has outlandish characters and a plot that is at the same time bizarre and completely believable. It also has a new heroine who is charming, amusing, vulnerable, determined and not a little irritating. Suitable for children aged eleven upwards, this book will also be enjoyed by adults who have not forgotten their childish senses of humour, imagination and adventure.

CGS's review of 'Kitty in the Winter Wild' ...
"Ever since I discovered David Bramhall's books some years ago I have given them as Christmas presents. This one is a particular joy. The central character is a feisty eleven year old girl with a terrible collection of jokes and the plot is hard to summarise as it includes Roman soldiers, Arthurian knights, WWI soldiers although it begins in the present time. It has faint echoes of Narnia and The Eagle of The Ninth but, at the same time, is completely different. The blurb on the book says it can be enjoyed by everyone from 10 or eleven upwards and I agree. I loved the book although it is many decades since I was ten and I am sure that my granddaughters, who are much closer to that age and, like the central character Kitty, have glorious red hair, will also love it. If you are looking for a present for someone, this book is the solution but read it yourself first."
... and this review from ...
I have been following David Bramhall's books for several years and love his odd blend of fresh humour and dark tension. His characters are as outlandish as their names - the villainess Urethra Grub, the equally unpleasant Reverend Godly-Twist and a little girl's favourite auntie Delilah Wheable, to name only a few - and their adventures are outlandish as well: every plot is at the same time perfectly believable but ever-so-slightly off the wall. And the writing is unfailingly vivid and beautifully crafted with highly detailed descriptions and, at times, blistering pace.
Kitty in the Winter Wild introduces a completely new heroine, Kitty Younger, who is eleven years old, bright, argumentative and courageous. What begins as a fairly normal journey home from boarding school at Christmas, soon becomes a frightening and strange adventure as Britain is enveloped in the worst winter in living memory. Kitty joins up with her brother and sister but their journey goes comletely wrong as roads and railways are blocked, electricity supplies fail and odd things begin to happen. The oddest things of all are some of the friends they meet who seem not to belong to the same century as the children or, indeed, as each other. And the enemies they encounter are the stuff of nightmare, driven by malice as old as the hills from which they come.
Obviously it all ends well, but not before Kitty has endured loss and sadness, desolation and confusion, and has met a magician who can't do magic, a very twiggy sorceress who does it rather well, and a wolf who can use a mobile phone but means to eat her anyway. Suitable both for adults and for children of, say, eleven upwards, this latest book is a tour-de-force to match anything this author has produced before. I can't recommend it highly enough.


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The Honeyplot

When lonely Roland Bagwich arrived to join the choir at St.Erwald's Abbey, he could not possibly have foreseen the odd friends and even more unlikely enemies he would meet. Nor could he have imagined that he would make himself thoroughly unpopular before discovering hidden depths of courage and resource that help him solve a murder, thwart a robbery and find love in an unexpected place.
There's an odd child who, it turns out, doesn't exist; there's something lurking under the floor of the church that no one wants to talk about; there's an illegal alien who needs Roland's help; and for goodness' sake, who or what is Benbecula and why does he, she or it keep disappearing?

What reviewers say about "The Honeyplot" ...
"Another very enjoyable book from David Bramhall
I was very pleased to see a new book from David Bramhall issued in time to be given as Christmas presents. Mr Bramhall's books are always beautifully written and carefully plotted and this is no exception. His previous novels have been set in a time that is hard to pin down as there are elements present from different periods. This book is clearly set in the mid 1950s with many references that are familiar to those of us who remember that time. The action is centred around an Abbey choir in a part of the country that mentions places from previous books. Clearly Mr Bramhall has created imaginary landscape and goes back there for his settings. The list of books from Mr Bramhall lists books on training choirs and composing music so this means the musical references are made with considerable authority.
This is another very enjoyable and engaging read and I thoroughly recommend it" - Sheddweller
"A great story beautifully told
A great read. The plot is unusual and gripping and it kept me guessing right to the end. The author's masterful powers of description made me feel I actually know the characters & places intimately" - R Knights


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"A house stood behind a high brick wall. It was a spacious, foursquare brick building with neat columns either side of the front door and the same number of windows on either side. Despite the sunshine it seemed a sad house.
Behind it lay a large bedraggled garden stretching to the fence at the foot of the railway embankment, and near the front gate was an outhouse with fading green double doors. Today it would be a garage, but when it was built it would have been called a coach-house. Above it was a loft, and over the double doors a little window was festooned with cobwebs and dead moths, long desiccated.
Behind the dirty glass were two tiny chairs, and in the chairs were propped a doll in a grubby frock, and a large toy rabbit with floppy ears and yellow check trousers. Somehow one knew that they had been there for many years, forgotten by a child long-gone or long-grown, left to keep a patient vigil over the narrow front garden and the hot sun winking off the roofs of the cars.
And if you should happen to look just out of the corner of your eye, in passing as it were, not looking properly, you might notice something else. Behind the dolly and the rabbit, another dim shape.
A pale face in the shadow, wide-eyed, watching and waiting."

David Bramhall has also written this slim collection, a chilling twist on the traditional ghost story. Six stories will not terrify you, but might tug at your heart-strings.
An award-winning children's choir owes its success to someone who isn't there, while a young man finds he has someone living in his attic. A pensioner becomes a little too absorbed in his hobby, and a lonely little girl waits patiently for her big brother to come home from school. There are no monsters here, but there is gentle humour, a vivid insight into the world of children, and great sadness expressed in limpid, elegant prose.
One of the stories is even true!

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