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Michael Gallagher is the author of "The Bridge of Dead Things" and "The Scarab Heart", the first two books in a series of novels featuring the young Victorian ghost channeler Lizzie Blaylock. Originally intended for the YA market, these historically based works have gained a much wider audience, appealing to children and adults alike. He is also the author of "Gooseberry", based on characters from Wilkie Collins’s "The Moonstone", which was first published as a weekly serialization during the summer of 2014 at Goodreads, and the extremely popular "Why the Victorians Saw Ghosts – An Illustrated Guide to 19th Century Spiritualism".
Michael is a teacher at Bede, a London-based charity that works with the local community, where he has taught adults with learning disabilities for the past twenty-odd years. He’s an avid reader who used to clock up fifty plus books per year, though this has slowed down considerably of late. For ten years he belonged to the large and successful reading group at Rotherhithe Library in Southwark, which transferred to a new home when Canada Water Library opened in 2011. He now attends a Crime and Thrillers group there.
on March 20, 2014 :
Lizzie Blaylock, a resident of Victorian London, was not having a good month. First, she is expelled from school for having some sort of fit that scared her whole class. She goes home to her terminally ill sister, to learn her father has lost his job. She lands a job as a maid, but that quickly ends when she has another of her fits. She arrives back home to discover that her whole family has just been thrown out of their home because the rent was due. She has still another fit while hiding out at a meeting of people trying to contact their dearly departed friends and relatives. At this pount, she is taken under the wing of a woman who proclaims that Lizzie is a Bridge (those who have crossed-over can cross back again via Lizzie), and she finds herself living with a group who provide a regular service to those wishing to contact the deceased. The ins and outs and what-just-happeneds will keep you turning the pages as Lizzie explores what she is and, also, finds out more than she wanted to know about running a Victorian-era seance for profit. How much is flim-flam and how much is honest psychic abilities? You will have to read the book yourself to find out.
(reviewed long after purchase)