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Head of Zeus
Ghost: 100 Stories to Read with the Lights On edited by Louise Welsh

"Gritty, heartrending and unputdownable – the story of two sisters sent first to an English, then an Australian orphanage in the aftermath of World War II.

Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a violent bully called Jimmy Randall and has a baby boy by him. Under pressure from her new husband, she is persuaded to send the girls to an orphanage – not knowing that the papers she has signed will entitle them to do what they like with the children.

And it is not long before the powers that be decide to send a consignment of orphans to their sister institution in Australia. Among them – without their family's consent or knowledge – are Rita and Rosie, the throwaway children.

What readers are saying about THE THROWAWAY CHILDREN:

""I haven't felt so immersed in a booked in a very look time and have recommended to just about everyone""

""Heart wrenching""

""A truly powerful book""" EI476

Head of Zeus * Horror
22 Oct 2015 * 816pp * £20 * 9781784080174
'Madness, governesses, dead children and gloomy planets provide the chills in Louise Welsh's comprehensive collection of haunting stories ranging from the far past to the near future'
Sunday Express
'An excellent and varied collection of spectral tales and unsettling yarns ... it will delight any lover of the ghost story genre'
The National
'This massive anthology [...] features a dream list of legendary authors from Mary Shelley and Stephen King, to Hilary Mantel and Kate Atkinson. It's a beautifully presented hardback of gothic classics and stylish noirs that should be read from the safety of an armchair!'
Creative Boom
'A superb thousand-page collection of spooky stories that began with Mary Shelley and M R James and continued, via Kafka and Flann O'Brien, right through to chillers by modern luminaries such as Ali Smith, Hilary Mantel, J G Ballard and Haruki Murakami'
Daily Telegraph
'Fans of sleepless nights will covet this beautiful, heavy hardback of 100 creepy stories, full of classics of the ghost story genre ... At one a day it'll keep you awake for months'
'Ghost, edited by award-winning author Louise Welsh, features 100 spooky tales from such masters of the art as H.P. Lovecraft, M.R. James and Henry James, as well as contemporary writers like Hilary Mantel, Lydia David and Stephen King'
Choice Magazine
'What's so nice about this collection is they have included the old-fashioned favourites with stories from Wilkie Collins, Bram stoker and Oscar Wilde. But also more modern authors like Fay Weldon'
Lincolnshire Echo
Louise Welsh
Louise Welsh
Louise Welsh is the author of six novels, including The Cutting Room, The Girl on the Stairs and A Lovely Way to Burn. She has been awarded a CWA Dagger and the Glenfiddich/Scotland on Sunday award.