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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     
Skylark

Looking for book about magical, underground London.

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"Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite books, but I once read something similar (and just as good) when I was about 8-12 years old (approx 12 years ago), also about a magical hidden place in London. I think it was also underground.

 

I'd love to find this book again, but don't know either the title or the author. The only other thing I can remember about it was that there was a brick wall in the story that was somehow significant. (Perhaps it was knocked down? I'm not sure.)

 

Especially since this is a UK-based site, I'm hoping that someone will recognise the book I'm talking about - though I'm a bit worried that it's too old and obscure for people to know. I'd love to read it again!

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I actually read Tunnels just last month (perhaps that was what triggered the memory of the other one)! Not a bad book, really, but the other one was better.

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Instinctively I thought of the Artemis Fowl series, which has a fairy underground base in London. Probably too sci-fi for your request though.

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lovesreading06 - read them. Neither of those are the book I want. Also, too recent.

 

Zolio - read it. Not the book I want. Also, waaaaay too recent.

 

BookJumper - read most of them (though not all). Again, too recent.

 

 

I'm looking for something that's almost certainly pre-1997, probably older.

 

I think the main characters were a boy and a girl, but I'm not sure.

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I think I remember reading a book along these lines when I was younger, however I believe the characters were animals or non-humans of some sort. Fairies maybe? If I'm on the right track I'd be happy to look into it for you.

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I know it's not the book you're looking for Skylark, but Drood by Dan Simmons is based in dickensian London, and is primarily concerned with a strange underground cult.

 

Although it's not magical as such, it has great mystery and a strong supernatural bent.

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sdeangelo - I don't recall any fairies in the story, but that doesn't mean they weren't there. I read it a very long time ago. Hmmm.

 

Chrissy - I'll have a look into those! I don't recognise the series, but you never know. Thanks for the tip!

 

Pablo - I've heard of Drood, and thought it looked interesting. I'm waiting for it to come out at the local library, since I'm rather broke at the moment. :D

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