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Awakening - S. J. Bolton

Awakening - S. J. Bolton
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Title: Awakening

Author:  S. J. Bolton

ISBN:  9780593059234

Weight:  992g

Lined and dated signed first edition, first printing




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Awakening by S. J. Bolton

“How did it all begin?  I suppose it would be the day I rescued a new-born baby from a poisonous snake, heard the news of my mother’s death and encountered my first ghost…”

Veterinary surgeon Clara Benning is young and intelligent, but practically a recluse.  Disfigured by a childhood accident, she lives alone and shies away from human contact wherever possible.  But when a man dies, following a supposed snake bite, Clara learns that the victim’s post mortem shows a higher concentration of venom than could ever be found in a single snake.

Assisted by her softly spoken neighbour and an eccentric reptile expert, Clara unravels sinister links to a barbaric ancient ritual, an abandoned house and a fifty year old tragedy that left the survivors fiercely secretive.  Then the village’s inventive attacker strikes again, and Clara’s own solitary existence is brutally invaded.

For someone the truth must remain buried in the past… even if they have to kill to keep it there.

Peer & Press Reviews

S.J. Bolton has elevated herself to the High Priestess of English Rural Gothic.  If she carries on like this she will have worshippers in their millions.


Devilishly clever… a terrifying climax… a classy, fast-moving and gripping thriller…  You wouldn’t want to miss it!

Lancashire Evening Post

Bolton goes for the gothic with gusto here… a powerful cocktail of creepiness.

Time Out

Bibliographic Info

Author [now writing as Sharon Bolton]
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Overall condition

Near fine / Near fine

The book has very slight off-white discolouration (fading) to page edges, which is in keeping with its age.  More serious is that the book and its jacket has experienced some printing or transport damage before reaching us.

This damage takes the form of a single line of dimples (approx. 1.5mm in diameter) across the entire width of the back cover and the back of the dust jacket (see images).  That aside, this new and unread book is, and looks to be, in at least Fine / Fine condition from every aspect but the back.

Signed, lined and dated copies of this book are very hard to find and we’ve priced it at better than 45% below current market value to allow for its condition.  However, if you are unhappy with the book in any way, return it to us in the condition you received it for a full refund.

SignedOn the title page
LinedHow did it all begin?  Well I suppose it would be the day I rescued a newborn baby from a poisonous snake…
Dated13 September 2009 [date of signing event]
EphemeraComes with an unsigned brochure, flyer & bookmark from ‘The Thrill of the Chase’ event held at the Reading Festival of Crime Writing on 13 September 2009.
Book Stats
PublisherTransworld Publishers
ImprintBantam Press
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 139780593059234
ISBN 100593059239
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)241 x 163 x 35mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket designHolly MacDonald / TW
Jacket photographsAndy and Michelle Kerry / Trevillion Images (house)
Michael Manzanero / Arcangel Images (padlock)

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