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ISBN: 0330325205
Author: Phil Rickman
Language: English
Publisher: Pan Books (February 12, 1993)
Pages: 432
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 316
Size Fb2: 1953 kb
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Trying to participate in village life despite its standoffish citizens, professional couple Giles and Claire are horrified when events culminate in a town uprising against them.

Read Candlenight, by Phil Rickman online on Bookmate – For Bethan, a schoolteacher, the old superstitions woven into the social fabric of her West Wales village are primitive and distasteful, which.

Read Candlenight, by Phil Rickman online on Bookmate – For Bethan, a schoolteacher, the old superstitions woven into the social fabric of her West Wales village are primitive and distasteful, whic. For Bethan, a schoolteacher, the old superstitions woven into the social fabric of her West Wales village are primitive and distasteful, which is why she's pleased to welcome the sophisticated newcomers: London journalist Giles Freeman and his wife Claire.

Phil Rickman has long been a favourite author of mine, I love his Merrily Watkins series, this however, is a darker more supernatural book.

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Bethan was bustling about the school hall attending to children's major crises: the four-year-old boy whose shoelace had come undone, the girl of six with a broken nail.

Bethan was bustling about the school hall attending to children's major crises: the four-year-old boy whose shoelace had come undone, the girl of six with a broken nail o get it wet or it will come off," she said, adjusting the Band-Aid round the child's finger then turning to help a small boy who'd buttoned his coat all wrong. A handful of mothers were waiting for the smallest children

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Phil Rickman (also known under the pen names of Thom Madley and Will Kingdom) is a British author of supernatural and mystery novels

Phil Rickman (also known under the pen names of Thom Madley and Will Kingdom) is a British author of supernatural and mystery novels. He was born in Lancashire in northern England and worked as a journalist for BBC World Service TV and BBC Radio 4. He published his first book, Candlenight, in 1991 and began his Merrily Watkins in 1998.

Author: Phil Rickman. Publication date: 1991. Journalist Giles Freeman and his wife Claire are thrilled when they inherit a cottage far from the noise of the city. And though the locals are slow to welcome them, the Freemans believe that in time they will be accepted. But the Freemans have fallen under an ancient Celtic curse - and soon they will learn the truth about what it means to be outsiders.

There were certain phrases you could feel, like fingers up your spine. Hattie Chancery's room.

The village of Ledwardine has never been flooded in living memory, but as the river continues to rise with December rains, within days it will be an island. Electricity has been cut and the church is serving as a temporary mortuary for two people who drowned. There were certain phrases you could feel, like fingers up your spine.

Classical Gothic Horror Novel. com User, March 11, 2005. This book is one of those spooky ones, where you keep wanting to cheer for the hero, but you have the feeling he's going to be killed at any minute. A modern English couple move to Wales where Claire's father left her his cottage. Things become strange from there.

Giles Freeman is delighted when his wife Claire inherits an old cottage in a remote village in Wales. Y Groves is small, friendly and very alluring - the perfect escape from London. But American reporter Berry Morelli tries to talk Giles out of moving, believing something is very wrong.

Comments:

Gavigamand
I was browsing for books in the atmospheric horror genre, such as those written by Jonathan Aycliffe (Naomi's Room, The Matrix, A Shadow on the Wall) when I came across Phil Rickman. I had never read anything by this author, but a Google search revealed that he writes many thrillers and horror stories based on Welsh mythology and folklore and my interest was piqued. I looked up his name in my public library catalog but there was only one title available, so I decided to buy one title. "Candlelight" proved to be an exciting and riveting read and I finished it in one day.

The setting is a remote West Wales village where the very fabric of the villagers' lives are steeped in age-old superstitions. Most of the villagers are averse to outsiders, especially the English, and adhere to Welsh superstitions such as the belief in the corpse candle "cannwyll gorff" (which apparently lights its way to the abode of a soon to be deceased person), the dark druids, the "Gorsedd Ddu", and more. Here, local schoolteacher, Bethan grieves her dead husband, and finds herself chafing against the old ways, frequently at odds with her fellow teacher, Buddug who teaches the old ways to the young students, much against Bethan's wishes.

The story also addresses the political climate in Wales and against this backdrop, two Londoners, journalist Giles Freeman and his photographer wife, Claire, move into the village when Claire inherits her late grandfather's cottage. Bethan takes on the task of tutoring both husband and wife in Welsh, but it soon becomes apparent that something is not quite right. Claire's emotional and physical changes are causes of concern, but when Giles ends up dead, Bethan begins to think there are supernatural forces afoot, especially given the string of deaths afflicting only the English visitors to the village.

The suspense is credibly built throughout the story and although the first third of the novel could have moved a little faster (I felt there was too much focus on the politics sub-plot), the rest of the story developed nicely and kept me flipping the pages until the shocking climax. As a fan of atmospheric and supernatural horror, I enjoyed the tale because of its connection to Welsh folklore, something I'm not very familiar with. It certainly left me wanting more and I look forward to reading other titles by the author such as "Curfew, "The Man in the Moss", "December", and "The Chalice."
Bodwyn
Woe betide the unsuspecting English man or woman who ventures into the Welsh village of Y Groes. Ever since the end of Owain Glyndwr's unsuccessful revolt early in the 15th Century, the English have been treading on Welsh sensibilities and Welsh territory. Now (in the late 20th Century), they're moving to Wales en masse for a taste of the bucolic life, and the Welsh are being priced out of their own land.

Except in Y Groes, where the Sais (a derogatory term for 'English) rarely last out a year. It's such a pretty village, too.

A young English couple moves to Y Groes, after the photographer-wife inherits an old cottage from her Welsh grandfather. She and her husband are gung-ho Welsh and start taking language lessons from a recently widowed schoolteacher whose deceased husband was English. The young widow is still trying to recover from the double shocks of her husband's untimely death, and her discovery of a suicide in the woods near her school (another Englishman).

While the husband is away in London at his weekday job, the schoolteacher notices that his wife is behaving in a very peculiar fashion. Should she inform the absent spouse?

I'm a huge Phil Rickman fan, and have read all of his books, including the Young Adult (YA) paranormal mysteries that he wrote under the pseudonym 'Thom Madley.' "Candlenight" (1991) was his first published novel, and it takes place in the supernatural territory that Rickman has made his own: the borderland between England and Wales.

The characters in this first book are not as finely realized as they are in the later novels, but the horror is just as acute. There are corpse candles galore, a mysterious crypt where the village's last curate died, a shadowy midnight bird that taps against a character's bedroom windowpane, a deceased judge who hated the English, black bards, and well, much much more. If anything, there is an overabundance of supernatural phenomena, especially at novel's end when...well, you'll have to read it yourself.

I enjoyed "Candlenight" but if you're new to this author, you might want to start with his first Merrily Watkins novel, The Wine of Angels (A Merrily Watkins Mystery)(1998), or my favorite non-Merrily novel, The Man in the Moss(1994).
blodrayne
This was a fast and fun read and not as predictable as I thought it would be.

There was one drawback which kept this from being a five star book. The modern pagans in this book were really dumb; they believed the old lie about human sacrifice and incorporated it into their worship. Very disappointing.
WinDImmortaL
I discovered Phil Rickman by accident about 10 years ago when I came across "Curfew" also known as "Crybbe", and it's been a very satisfying and reliable relationship.

Candlenight has it's rough spots in comparison with his later works but compared with the drivil that is so shamelessly flogged on the best seller lists, this effort is stellar! The story is cohesive and teases on the paranormal rather than completely turning itself over to the horror genre.

WARNING! Phil Rickman is a REAL writer. To enjoy his books you must be capable of paying attention and processing information. Since this book is a mystery you will be invited to figure things out for yourself and there will be no spoonfeeding of easy give-aways, and clues. If this isn't you then go find something more digestable on the New York Times best seller list.
Livina
Rickman again caught me with the magic of his writing. You forget you are reading as u walk the streets and sit in the pubs with his characters. A bit of paranormal but just enough to believe it. Another wonderful read by this author. I can't get enough of him.
Ckelond
One of those books where you're never entirely sure what's going on or what happened. Makes you think a bit about what is.

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