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Joseph Delaney

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Joseph Delaney is a full time writer living in Lancashire, in the heart of Boggart territory.
He is the author of Wardstone Chronicles, Starblade Chronicles, Arena 13 and Aberrations. He has a new book out in April 2020: Brother Wulf is a new spooks story featuring Tom and Alice, but introducing a new character, a young monk called Brother Wulf.

He first got the idea for the Spooks series when he moved to the village where he lives now and discovered there was a local boggart - ‘a man like me needs boggarts around’. He made a note in his notebook ‘a story about a man who hunts boggarts’ and years later when he had to come up with an idea at short notice developed this into ‘The Spook’s Apprentice’, the first book in the series.
He continues t
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Joseph Delaney Read widely, keep a notebook and write down everything that comes into your head, including dreams, make sure you write every day and persevere. I was…moreRead widely, keep a notebook and write down everything that comes into your head, including dreams, make sure you write every day and persevere. I was rejected over 97 times before I was published. (less)
Joseph Delaney Yes you are correct because I think there is good and evil in all of us and I want my books to reflect that. So there is no clear distinction between …moreYes you are correct because I think there is good and evil in all of us and I want my books to reflect that. So there is no clear distinction between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ characters! For example Alice struggles to be good despite her powers that come from the dark and Tom must compromise with the dark in order to survive.(less)
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This blog also features on my website, www.spooksworld.co.uk where I will shortly post an extract from The Dark Army.
Will there be another Spook book after ‘The Dark Assassin’ (to be published January 2017)?
The answer is a probable yes. I already have an idea for it. The central character would be Spook Johnson rather than Tom but Spook Ward and Alice would certainly put in an appearance!
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Grimalkin does have a role to play and we do go into the dark.
I don't think there will be another book in the Arena series.
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Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
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I’d never even heard of Connie Willis until recently but now I am reading her books and enjoying them. She has won lots of prizes, has been writing for years and her main topic is time travel.
There are lots of women write science fiction and fantasy
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Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky
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This is an excellent Science Fantasy novel. Rex is a genetically modified soldier. He’s big and dangerous with more dog in him than human. He’s also part of what is called a ‘Multiform Assault Pack’ – a team which includes a hive mind of bees and a m
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The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone by Will Storr
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That is an amazing book title! It is an excellent book too. It tells the story of a talented young cook who is determined to become a successful and famous chef.
As a cookery student, he is given a work-placement in the restaurant of a celebrity chef
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Annals of the Western Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin
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If you like Ursula K. Le Guin’s ‘Earthsea’ novels you will probably like these three books, which form the ‘Chronicles of the Western Shore’: ‘Gifts’, ‘Voices’ and ‘Powers’.
The magic differs from the world of the Earthsea wizards. The first book, ‘Gi
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The Skinjacker Trilogy by Neal Shusterman
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These three books feature ghosts – lots and lots of ghosts!
Now there is one big problem with ghosts. Sometimes they are not sufficiently threatening
to make for a real conflict. Yes, they can scare you to death but do not pose the danger offered by
zom
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Weaveworld by Clive Barker
Weaveworld
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The core idea of the book doesn’t sound very promising – a whole world woven into a carpet to be hidden from those who would destroy it.
I thought, come on! Make me believe that if you can!
And it did.
The story works well and is so convincing that you
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Cold Bath Street by A.J. Hartley
Cold Bath Street
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Cold Bath Street by A J Hartley

I enjoyed this book because of its compelling characters, creepy atmosphere and a clever plot. It was hard to put down and I finished it in just one day.
Set in Preston, in the 1980s, for me it was very evocative. My P
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Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Chocolat (Chocolat, #1)
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Quite a few years ago, I had read one of Joanne Harris’ fantasy books ‘Runemarks; then, much more recently, I had enjoyed ‘Different’ and ‘Gentlemen and Players’ – both books set in schools. Joanne Harris was once a teacher and she completely nails
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More of Joseph's books…
“Now it's the dark's turn to be afraid.”
Joseph Delaney, Curse of the Bane

“You can't just be reading books all the time and leave the writting of them to others.”
Joseph Delaney, Night of the Soul Stealer

“The first step towards knowledge is to accept your own ignorance.”
Joseph Delaney, Curse of the Bane

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