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A long-held wish, a forbidden magic spell and a kidnapping propel 10-year-old James Bell and his family into an adventure beyond belief. At the moment of the lunar eclipse on the stroke of midnight the World is to be sold. Armed with only the power of his imagination and the contents of his money box, James must challenge the greed of the mighty Bogus Corporation, a sinister bank and the mysterious Gnomes of Zurich in a race against time to stop the sale and prevent the destruction of childhood.
[Fairy Story] "will make you wish you could go back to the magical time of childhood where anything is possible, as it surely is in this book." Masquerade Crew [4-Star] Review.

"An incredible story. Such an interesting world to dive into, with great twists and turns. A mesmerizing read for young and old." Amazon Reader [5-Star] Review.

"Clearly recognizable strands from many familiar stories deftly woven into a new presentation of sin, bravery, adventure, greed and fear. The modern world of Area 51, cell phones, jets and missiles is mixed with Cinderella almost seamlessly. Like all good stories, a basic morality carries the protagonists down their allotted path to an age-old predictable end (which all good stories do). An end for all with another chapter tantalizingly around the corner." Amazon Reader [5 Star] Review.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Childhood's End [Excerpt]

“Once The Charm of Innocence is ours,” said Fairweather, “children won’t have time for make believe. They’ll be too busy working, buying pensions and insurance, taking out mortgages, trading stocks and shares and, most importantly, buying lots and lots of lovely things.”
Mr. Bell was horrified. “Things? What sort of things?”
“How should I know?” shrieked Fairweather. “Who cares? Anything Catchpenny can sell ‘em.”
“But if the children are working in your sweatshops for next to nothing,” said Mr. Bell, “how will they get the money to buy all the things they’re making?”
“Ah ha!” exclaimed Fairweather. “That’s the genius of our scheme. My bank steps in and lends them the money. Why encourage the little darlings to play with toy money when they could be playing with the real thing at sharp rates of interest? They’ll have to borrow more and more to buy all the new things Catchpenny offers them, while working harder and harder to pay back what they already owe." The banker beamed with pride. "We’ve thought the whole thing through. Believe me, it’s foolproof.”
James listened in disbelief. There was no doubt about it. Fairweather and the Gnomes of Zurich were dangerously barmy.
They had to be stopped.

Photograph by kind permission of Niall McDiarmid.

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