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The Black Book of Secrets

(2007)
(The first book in the Tales from the Sinister City series)
A novel by

 
 
When Ludlow Fitch's parents cruelly betray him, he steals away on the back of a carriage and leaves behind the stinking City. He arrives in the dead of night at a remote village, where he crosses paths with the tall and limping figure of Joe Zabbidou - a pawnbroker with a difference. For Joe trades secrets, not goods, for cash. Employed as Joe's assistant, Ludlow records the villagers' fiendish confessions in an ancient leather-bound volume: "The Black Book of Secrets". There's the gravedigger who has been resurrecting bodies; the butcher who made a mouse-meat pie for his bullying father, with fatal consequences; the wizened bookseller who went to murderous lengths to get her hands on a priceless tome. Ludlow longs to trust his mysterious master, but he senses Joe has much to hide. But then Ludlow Fitch has his own, very dark, secrets ...

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Wonderful. Anyone looking for the next big thing has come to the right place. Higgins has created a uniquely grim fantasy world that more than holds its own with Dickens or Peake. Her characters are brilliantly realised and the story grabs at the reader with hooked talons." - Eoin Colfer


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May 1970 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Black Book of Secrets (New Windmills KS3)
Author(s): F E Higgins
ISBN: 0-435-13193-1 / 978-0-435-13193-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Heinemann
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July 2010 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Black Book of Secrets
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ISBN: 1-61383-007-6 / 978-1-61383-007-9 (USA edition)
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July 2010 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Black Book of Secrets
Author(s): F E Higgins
ISBN: 0-606-21690-1 / 978-0-606-21690-6 (USA edition)
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October 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Black Book of Secrets
Author(s): F E Higgins
ISBN: 0-312-36844-5 / 978-0-312-36844-9 (USA edition)
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January 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Black Book of Secrets
Author(s): F E Higgins
ISBN: 1-4050-8979-2 / 978-1-4050-8979-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
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Paperback Editions

July 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Black Book of Secrets
Author(s): F E Higgins
ISBN: 0-312-62905-2 / 978-0-312-62905-2 (USA edition)
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May 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Black Book of Secrets (Tales From The Sinister City)
Author(s): F E Higgins
ISBN: 0-330-51681-7 / 978-0-330-51681-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
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February 2008 : UK Spiral-bound
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Title: The Black Book of Secrets Teaching and Assessment Pack (New Windmills KS3)
Author(s): F E Higgins
ISBN: 0-435-13196-6 / 978-0-435-13196-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Heinemann
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September 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Quiver Full of Arrows and Sons of Fortune
Author(s): Jeffrey Archer
ISBN: 0-330-45778-0 / 978-0-330-45778-1 (UK edition)
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September 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Black Book of Secrets
Author(s): F E Higgins
ISBN: 0-330-45777-2 / 978-0-330-45777-4 (UK edition)
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September 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Black Book of Secrets
Author(s): F E Higgins
ISBN: 0-330-44405-0 / 978-0-330-44405-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
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2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Black Book of Secrets
Author(s): f-e-higgins
ISBN: 1-85613-271-4 / 978-1-85613-271-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Audio Editions

July 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Black Book of Secrets
Author(s): F E Higgins
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Kindle Editions

July 2010 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Black Book of Secrets
Author(s): F E Higgins
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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September 2008 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Black Book of Secrets (Tales From The Sinister City 1)
Author(s): F E Higgins
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
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