Half-remembered book _A_House_called_Hadlowes_

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PhilBoswell

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Apr 3, 2000, 3:00:00 AM4/3/00
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I'm trying to remember who wrote the above book; I own a copy
somewhere but it's buried in my parents' attic. Let's just say
it would take a while to find :-(

I have been unable to find any reference to this book on the
WWW, so I hope someone here recognises the name.

I do remember some additional info which might help:
It's about two children (brother and sister, might be orphans,
but definitely seperated from their parents) who are sent to
live in a house called "Hadlowes" (as you might have guessed
:-). They get caught up in a mythical battle and are helped by
the butler, who is a hunchback, and the girl's cat, Mantari.
There's a quest for various elemental items to be completed to
defeat the noisome foe and various people actually die, which
ISTR was rather more realistic than the general run of similar
books.

I remember getting the definite impression that there was a book
which came before this one, but since I've never been able to
find any reference to *this* book, all ideas of searching for a
prequel are naturally doomed to failure.

Hoping someone can help ...
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Phil

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Steffan O'Sullivan

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Apr 3, 2000, 3:00:00 AM4/3/00
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PhilBoswell <philNO...@woodbury.co.uk.invalid> wrote:
>I'm trying to remember who wrote the above book;

AUTHOR: Walker, Victoria, 1947-
TITLE: The house called Hadlows.
PLACE: London,
PUBLISHER: Deutsch,
YEAR: 1972
PUB TYPE: Book
FORMAT: 160 p. 21 cm.
ISBN: 0233963669

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PhilBoswell

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Apr 4, 2000, 3:00:00 AM4/4/00
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In article <0F4G4.294$Pt5....@ralph.vnet.net>,

s...@katie.vnet.net (Steffan O'Sullivan) wrote:
>PhilBoswell <philNO...@woodbury.co.uk.invalid> wrote:
>>I'm trying to remember who wrote the above book;
> AUTHOR: Walker, Victoria, 1947-
> TITLE: The house called Hadlows.

Thanx. Where did you find this information? I've looked (I
thought) everywhere.

Also, any idea whether I was right about it being a sequel?

Garth Nix

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Apr 4, 2000, 3:00:00 AM4/4/00
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PhilBoswell wrote:
>
> In article <0F4G4.294$Pt5....@ralph.vnet.net>,
> s...@katie.vnet.net (Steffan O'Sullivan) wrote:
> >PhilBoswell <philNO...@woodbury.co.uk.invalid> wrote:
> >>I'm trying to remember who wrote the above book;
> > AUTHOR: Walker, Victoria, 1947-
> > TITLE: The house called Hadlows.
>
> Thanx. Where did you find this information? I've looked (I
> thought) everywhere.
>
> Also, any idea whether I was right about it being a sequel?
> --

It's sort of a sequel, IIRC, to THE WINTER OF ENCHANTMENT by
Victoria Walker, which is one of my favourite children's books. THE
WINTER OF ENCHANTMENT is the story of Sebastian, who is drawn
into a struggle against the Enchanter, who has held a girl called Melissa
captive in a sort of private dimension, out of time, for more than a century.
The two children have to gather a number of Power Objects and use them to
destroy the Enchanter. There's the Silver Teapot, the cat Mantari (who ate
the Silver Fish), the Emerald and lots of other good stuff.

An animated series was made from the book for UK television in the 60s. I
think the book was originally published by Hart Davis; I have a Mayflower
paperback from the early 70s.

I'm encouraging a publisher to look into republishing this book at the
moment.

cheers

Garth Nix

Steffan O'Sullivan

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Apr 4, 2000, 3:00:00 AM4/4/00
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PhilBoswell <philNO...@woodbury.co.uk.invalid> wrote:
>> AUTHOR: Walker, Victoria, 1947-
>> TITLE: The house called Hadlows.
>
>Thanx. Where did you find this information? I've looked (I
>thought) everywhere.

Ah. OCLC WorldCat - your librarian should have access to it.

>Also, any idea whether I was right about it being a sequel?

Well, there is:

AUTHOR: Walker, Victoria, 1947-
TITLE: The winter of enchantment.
PLACE: London,
PUBLISHER: Hart-Davies,
YEAR: 1969
PUB TYPE: Book
FORMAT: 150 p. illus. 21 cm.
ISBN: 0246639598
NOTES: Sebastian resolves to free the girl he meets through the magic
mirror when he learns she is imprisoned by a wicked enchanter.
SUBJECT: Magic -- Fiction.
Fantasy.

Could that be it? (It was published in at least two other editions,
BTW.)

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D. Gascoyne

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Apr 5, 2000, 3:00:00 AM4/5/00
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Garth Nix wrote:
>
> PhilBoswell wrote:
> >
> > In article <0F4G4.294$Pt5....@ralph.vnet.net>,
> > s...@katie.vnet.net (Steffan O'Sullivan) wrote:
> > >PhilBoswell <philNO...@woodbury.co.uk.invalid> wrote:
> > >>I'm trying to remember who wrote the above book;
> > > AUTHOR: Walker, Victoria, 1947-
> > > TITLE: The house called Hadlows.
> >
> > Thanx. Where did you find this information? I've looked (I
> > thought) everywhere.
> >
> > Also, any idea whether I was right about it being a sequel?
> > --
>
> It's sort of a sequel, IIRC, to THE WINTER OF ENCHANTMENT by
> Victoria Walker, which is one of my favourite children's books. THE
> WINTER OF ENCHANTMENT is the story of Sebastian, who is drawn
> into a struggle against the Enchanter, who has held a girl called Melissa
> captive in a sort of private dimension, out of time, for more than a century.
> The two children have to gather a number of Power Objects and use them to
> destroy the Enchanter. There's the Silver Teapot, the cat Mantari (who ate
> the Silver Fish), the Emerald and lots of other good stuff.
>
> An animated series was made from the book for UK television in the 60s. I
> think the book was originally published by Hart Davis; I have a Mayflower
> paperback from the early 70s.
>
> I'm encouraging a publisher to look into republishing this book at the
> moment.
>
Oh Wow! I _loved_ that book, and I'd forgotten all about it. I thought
the House called Hadlowes sounded good in its own right; now I'm going
to have to look for it too. I hope you're successful in organizing a
reprint!
Debbie
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D. Gascoyne
English Instructor, Camosun College
PhD Candidate, University of Victoria
"hoc in loco praecantato summa in Silva sito puellus et Ursus suus
semper ludet"

PhilBoswell

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Apr 5, 2000, 3:00:00 AM4/5/00
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In article <38E9E1...@ozemail.com.au>, Garth Nix

<gart...@ozemail.com.au> wrote:
>PhilBoswell wrote:
>>
>> In article <0F4G4.294$Pt5....@ralph.vnet.net>,
>> s...@katie.vnet.net (Steffan O'Sullivan) wrote:
>> >PhilBoswell <philNO...@woodbury.co.uk.invalid> wrote:
>> >>I'm trying to remember who wrote the above book;
>> > AUTHOR: Walker, Victoria, 1947-
>> > TITLE: The house called Hadlows.
>> Also, any idea whether I was right about it being a sequel?
>It's sort of a sequel, IIRC, to THE WINTER OF ENCHANTMENT by
>Victoria Walker, which is one of my favourite children's books.
THE
>WINTER OF ENCHANTMENT is the story of Sebastian, who is drawn
>into a struggle against the Enchanter, who has held a girl
called Melissa
>captive in a sort of private dimension, out of time, for more
than a century.
>The two children have to gather a number of Power Objects and
use them to
>destroy the Enchanter. There's the Silver Teapot, the cat
Mantari (who ate
>the Silver Fish), the Emerald and lots of other good stuff.
[snip]

Those are the names that I remember (now :-).

>I'm encouraging a publisher to look into republishing this book
at the
>moment.

Excellent. Now I've just got to find my copy ...

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