The Ghost of Artemus Strange

'The Ghost of Artemus Strange, as any advertising would read,' Phineas said, 'would be your second source of income. He'd appear after, say, three or four shows, alerted in his sleep in the other world. His spirit responding, as his ...

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Author: Peter Maughan

Publisher: Prelude Books

ISBN: 9781788421379

Category: Fiction

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Welcome to Batch Magna, a place where anything might happen. And often does... Sir Humphrey has offered to play Father Christmas at the local hospital, but disaster strikes when he realises he won’t be able to buy the sack of toys he’d promised the children. Rupert, a gentleman of the road, is found asleep in an old car in the Hall’s coach house. He is scrubbed up and given a room at the Hall, where two guests are already staying: a businessman and his rather young female companion. When money goes missing from their bedroom, Rupert is accused, and Miss Wyndham, the village’s amateur sleuth, decides to investigate the matter. Meanwhile, local author Phineas Cook has come up with the idea of a resident ghost at the Hall to attract paying guests. All goes smoothly until the ghostly actors spend too long in the pub one evening and their performance descends into sword-wielding chaos. As always in Batch Magna, events somehow manage to turn out all right in the end – but in the most unexpected manner... What readers are saying about The Batch Magna Chronicles series: “An enchanting mixture of The Wind in The Willows and The Darling Buds of May. An England that doesn’t exist but surely should.” “Reading this book was like sitting down for a nice long chat with an old friend. I loved reading the Welsh village descriptions; it felt like coming home. ... I eagerly await the next instalment of the Batch Magna crew!” “I first got this book out of the local library, and then brought a copy – I wanted to read it again and again. It’s a treasure, a smashing read, funny and beautifully written.” “These books are such fun, darkly comic and full of great characters. ... Batch Magna is a place I would love to find, and the river sounds idyllic.” “Hurrah for Batch Magna, Humphrey and friends.” “I loved this book. It’s lyrical and very amusing, with all the charm of an old Ealing comedy. ... More please Mr Maughan!” “What an amazing writer! I have never found any descriptive writing that has gripped me so much before.” “A thoroughly enjoyable read. ... Is there another Batch Magna book on the way, please? Such a wonderfully descriptive bucolic and warmly ‘human’ story with echoes of the Darling Buds of May.” “A wonderful, funny, well-crafted escape from everyday life. If you love writing that absorbs you into the landscape you will love this book. Every sense was satisfied with the author’s beautiful descriptions of the Marches. Escape from the tarmac, concrete and relentlessness of life with this stunning book. Thank you Mr Maughan.” “I absolutely loved this book and all the characters became so real to me, I just couldn’t put it down.”

Love and Miss Harris

Clouds in a Summer Sky The Ghost of Artemus Strange Reviews of The Batch Magna Chronicles: “You know you love a book when you're a week past finishing it and you're still savouring the language... I found myself often chuckling, ...

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Author: Peter Maughan

Publisher: Prelude Books

ISBN: 9781788423069

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Titus Llewellyn-Gwlynne, actor/manager of the Red Lion Theatre, has lost a backer who was going to fund a theatrical tour – when unexpected salvation appears. Their home theatre in the East End of London having been bombed during the war, The Red Lion Touring Company embarks on a tour of Britain to take a play written by their new benefactress into the provinces. As they make their vagabond, singing way, they remain unaware that they leave behind in London a man consumed with thoughts of revenge. Revenge which follows them obsessively from town to town, ending in its final act before the last curtain. This charming series transports the reader to a lost post-war world of touring rep theatre and once-grand people who have fallen on harder times, smoggy streets, and shared bonhomie over a steaming kettle.

The Batch Magna Caper

The Ghost of Artemus Strange Sir Humphrey's plans to play Father Christmas are thrown into doubt, and ghostly goings-on turn more chaotic than planned. About Peter Maughan Peter Maughan's early ambition to be a.

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Author: Peter Maughan

Publisher: Prelude Books

ISBN: 9781788421317

Category: Fiction

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Welcome to Batch Magna, a place where anything might happen. And often does... A hapless gang of crooks, led by pawnbroker Harold Sneed, have managed pull off ‘the big one’: a wages snatch at a factory in Shrewsbury. Two gang members take the money back to Birmingham by train, changing at a station almost on the doorstep of Sir Humphrey of Batch Hall. It’s there that things start to unravel. The money goes missing. Misunderstanding follows misunderstanding, until it leads the crooks to Batch Hall when everyone is busy with a historical re-enactment show. Among the replica firearms is a real gun, carried by Harold Sneed with murderous intent and Humphrey in mind. Sneed is now convinced that Humphrey – an overweight former short-order cook from the Bronx – is a Mafia mobster lying low. And on top of this, he believes Humph has his money; as a result, the spectators at Batch Hall are in for more of a show than they bargained for... What readers are saying about The Batch Magna Chronicles series: “An enchanting mixture of The Wind in The Willows and The Darling Buds of May. An England that doesn’t exist but surely should.” “Reading this book was like sitting down for a nice long chat with an old friend. I loved reading the Welsh village descriptions; it felt like coming home. ... I eagerly await the next instalment of the Batch Magna crew!” “I first got this book out of the local library, and then brought a copy – I wanted to read it again and again. It’s a treasure, a smashing read, funny and beautifully written.” “These books are such fun, darkly comic and full of great characters. ... Batch Magna is a place I would love to find, and the river sounds idyllic.” “Hurrah for Batch Magna, Humphrey and friends.” “I loved this book. It’s lyrical and very amusing, with all the charm of an old Ealing comedy. ... More please Mr Maughan!” “What an amazing writer! I have never found any descriptive writing that has gripped me so much before.” “A thoroughly enjoyable read. ... Is there another Batch Magna book on the way, please? Such a wonderfully descriptive bucolic and warmly ‘human’ story with echoes of the Darling Buds of May.” “A wonderful, funny, well-crafted escape from everyday life. If you love writing that absorbs you into the landscape you will love this book. Every sense was satisfied with the author’s beautiful descriptions of the Marches. Escape from the tarmac, concrete and relentlessness of life with this stunning book. Thank you Mr Maughan.” “I absolutely loved this book and all the characters became so real to me, I just couldn’t put it down.”

The Cuckoos of Batch Magna

The Ghost of Artemus Strange Sir Humphrey's plans to play Father Christmas are thrown into doubt, and ghostly goings-on turn more chaotic than planned. About Peter Maughan Peter Maughan's early ambition to be a.

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Author: Peter Maughan

Publisher: Prelude Books

ISBN: 9781788421256

Category: Fiction

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Welcome to Batch Magna, a place where anything might happen. And often does... When Sir Humphrey Strange, 8th Baronet and squire of Batch Magna, departs this world for the Upper House, what’s left of his estate passes, through the ancient law of entailment, to distant relative Humph, an amiable, overweight short-order cook from the Bronx. Sir Humphrey Franklin T. Strange, 9th Baronet and squire of Batch Magna, as Humph now most remarkably finds himself to be, is persuaded by his Uncle Frank, a small-time Wall Street broker, to make a killing by turning the sleepy backwater into a theme-park image of rural England, a playground for the world's rich. But while the village pub and shop put out the Stars and Stripes in welcome, the tenants of the estate’s dilapidated houseboats tear up their notices to quit, and led by pulp-crime writer Phineas Cook and the one-eyed Lt-Commander James Cunningham, they run up the Union Jack and prepare to engage. What readers are saying about The Batch Magna Chronicles series: “An enchanting mixture of The Wind in The Willows and The Darling Buds of May. An England that doesn’t exist but surely should.” “Reading this book was like sitting down for a nice long chat with an old friend. I loved reading the Welsh village descriptions; it felt like coming home. ... I eagerly await the next instalment of the Batch Magna crew!” “I first got this book out of the local library, and then brought a copy – I wanted to read it again and again. It’s a treasure, a smashing read, funny and beautifully written.” “These books are such fun, darkly comic and full of great characters. ... Batch Magna is a place I would love to find, and the river sounds idyllic.” “Hurrah for Batch Magna, Humphrey and friends.” “I loved this book. It’s lyrical and very amusing, with all the charm of an old Ealing comedy. ... More please Mr Maughan!” “What an amazing writer! I have never found any descriptive writing that has gripped me so much before.” “A thoroughly enjoyable read. ... Is there another Batch Magna book on the way, please? Such a wonderfully descriptive bucolic and warmly ‘human’ story with echoes of the Darling Buds of May.” “A wonderful, funny, well-crafted escape from everyday life. If you love writing that absorbs you into the landscape you will love this book. Every sense was satisfied with the author’s beautiful descriptions of the Marches. Escape from the tarmac, concrete and relentlessness of life with this stunning book. Thank you Mr Maughan.” “I absolutely loved this book and all the characters became so real to me, I just couldn’t put it down.”

Clouds in a Summer Sky

The Ghost of Artemus Strange Sir Humphrey's plans to play Father Christmas are thrown into doubt, and ghostly goings-on turn more chaotic than planned. About Peter Maughan Peter Maughan's early ambition to be a.

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Author: Peter Maughan

Publisher: Prelude Books

ISBN: 9781788421348

Category: Fiction

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Welcome to Batch Magna, a place where anything might happen. And often does... Life in an old steam boat deep in the Welsh Borders holds numerous charms, but the Commander’s wife Priny is suffering from arthritis, a condition not at all improved by their water-based lifestyle. The couple take up an offer from Humphrey, the squire of Batch Hall, of a straight swap: their boat, the Batch Castle, for one of the Masters’ Cottages facing their beloved river. The Castle is restored to river-worthiness and starts plying successfully as the Cluny Steamboat Company to Shrewsbury and back. As a result it takes a good deal of profit away from a taxi firm in a local border town, much to the displeasure of the firm’s English owner, Sidney Acton. Enlisting the aid of two corrupt Welsh councillors, Acton plots against the new venture. Only time will tell if his sabotage attempts will bear fruit or blow up in his face... What readers are saying about The Batch Magna Chronicles series: “An enchanting mixture of The Wind in The Willows and The Darling Buds of May. An England that doesn’t exist but surely should.” “Reading this book was like sitting down for a nice long chat with an old friend. I loved reading the Welsh village descriptions; it felt like coming home. ... I eagerly await the next instalment of the Batch Magna crew!” “I first got this book out of the local library, and then brought a copy – I wanted to read it again and again. It’s a treasure, a smashing read, funny and beautifully written.” “These books are such fun, darkly comic and full of great characters. ... Batch Magna is a place I would love to find, and the river sounds idyllic.” “Hurrah for Batch Magna, Humphrey and friends.” “I loved this book. It’s lyrical and very amusing, with all the charm of an old Ealing comedy. ... More please Mr Maughan!” “What an amazing writer! I have never found any descriptive writing that has gripped me so much before.” “A thoroughly enjoyable read. ... Is there another Batch Magna book on the way, please? Such a wonderfully descriptive bucolic and warmly ‘human’ story with echoes of the Darling Buds of May.” “A wonderful, funny, well-crafted escape from everyday life. If you love writing that absorbs you into the landscape you will love this book. Every sense was satisfied with the author’s beautiful descriptions of the Marches. Escape from the tarmac, concrete and relentlessness of life with this stunning book. Thank you Mr Maughan.” “I absolutely loved this book and all the characters became so real to me, I just couldn’t put it down.”

Betsey Jane Ward Better half to Artemus Hur Book of Goaks with a Full Akkownt of the Coartship and Maridge to A4said Artemus and Mister Ward s Cutting up with the Mormon Fare Secks

William Comstock, Artemus Ward ... Nixt morning , arteemass got up brite & urly , & went two see ef the ghost was there yet . But the ghost was gone & had left in hiz place ... It's strange how much onbelief there air into these days .

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Author: William Comstock

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:HN1KHR

Category: Mormons

Page: 326

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Artemus Ward his Travels Among the Mormons

Perlite Litteratoor Artemus Ward Edward Peron Hingston ... 6d . , Holidays with Hobgoblins ; or , Talk of Strange Things . By DUDLEY COSTELLO . WITH HUMOROUS ENGRAVINGS BY ... Amongst the chapters may be enumerated :Shaving a Ghost .

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Author: Artemus Ward

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015006946506

Category: American wit and humor

Page: 272

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Artemus Ward His Book

With Notes and a Preface by the Editor of the Biglow Papers Artemus Ward ... 6d . , Holidays with Hobgoblins ; or , Talk of Strange Things . By DUDLEY COSTELLO . ... Amongst the chapters may be enumerated :Shaving a Ghost .

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Author: Artemus Ward

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:HXDFLL

Category: American wit and humor

Page: 167

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The Complete Works of Charles F Browne Better Known as Artemus Ward

Artemus Ward is , as may have been surmised , a nom deplume . The real name of the author is Charles F. Brown ; and as his own biography affords a very fair example of the strange ups and downs incidental to American life ...

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Author: Artemus Ward

Publisher:

ISBN: KBNL:KBNL03000040661

Category: African Americans

Page: 558

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Artemus Ward

Artemus Ward is , as may have been surmised , a nom de plume . The real name of the author is Charles F. Brown ; and as his own biography affords a very fair example of the strange ups and downs incidental to American life ...

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Author: Artemus Ward

Publisher:

ISBN: NYPL:33433112018928

Category: Mormons

Page: 518

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