Can anyone help me identify this book?

(13 Posts)
Ouroboros Mon 11-Mar-13 21:23:46

This is a long shot as I don't remember much about it. I think it was for older children, and the action was based around a cottage that the protagonists believed belonged to a witch. At the end of the book the thatch of the cottage caught fire, and someone found some small bottles in the thatch - one of them contained human blood. That's all I can remember, and some of it might not be right... Any suggestions gratefully recieved as it's annoying me!

MrsPurple Tue 12-Mar-13 00:19:49

Just tried a google search and is this any help? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_World

Ouroboros Tue 12-Mar-13 09:10:11

Thank you for looking but it's not one of those. It would have been written a bit earlier, and more like something by Penelope Lively I think.

TunipTheVegedude Tue 12-Mar-13 12:30:56

The Whispering Knights by Lively?

TunipTheVegedude Tue 12-Mar-13 12:31:58

or the Ghost of Thomas Kempe

Ouroboros Tue 12-Mar-13 13:51:55

I've just been looking at The Whispering Knights after prompting myself! I might have to buy a copy and see if that's it. Thanks for your help.

TunipTheVegedude Tue 12-Mar-13 14:07:09

I think it might be the Ghost of Thomas Kempe actually - they discover that a sorcerer used to live in their cottage and his ghost gets accidentally unbottled after a bottle found in the wall gets unstoppered. Then he goes around causing trouble and IIRC he might set fire to the house of an old lady in the village who he claims is a witch.

Ouroboros Tue 12-Mar-13 15:28:57

No, I re-read that one recently and it wasn't it. I do love a bit of retro children's literature.

noscat Wed 13-Mar-13 13:48:12

could it be anything by Nina Beachcroft? Well worth reading and similar to Penelope Lively.

Ouroboros Wed 13-Mar-13 22:03:34

Thank you, will definitely look at her books

It's ringing a vague bell - I think it might be one of the stories in "The Shadow Cage" anthology, but I'm not 100% sure. It might be that one of those stories has little bottles with "bad things" in them.

monkeymamma Wed 27-Mar-13 20:41:16

Ahhhhhh.... Was it called well met by witch light?

monkeymamma Wed 27-Mar-13 20:42:32

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Well-Met-Witchlight-Nina-Beachcroft/dp/0749701544

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