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Peter, Michael and Emma are strangers, each despatched by their parents for a week’s holiday with the Myers in their cottage at the foot of a Welsh mountain. Coincidence? Or has the strange neighbour, Mrs White, somehow lured them to enact an awesome quest?

They are an uneasy trio, uncomfortable in their forced alliance, and they face their circumstances in very different ways – Mrs Myers anxious ‘mothering’, the enigmatic Mrs White, and the swirling sense of fear that seems trapped in the lane running past her house, her stories of Arthur’s Way, the old straight track shrouded in legend that leads straight to the peak of the mountain, and her obsession with diverting the spring at the top. There are peculiar visitors and strange warnings, yet the children feel compelled to set off up Arthur’s Way at the most dangerous time of year. What they discover, about unseen forces on earth, about the price of disturbing nature, about themselves, leads to a gripping climax in a spell-binding tale.

First published in 1973 by Jonathan Cape Ltd.

Reviews

A good story that holds the reader to the end.
More Books to Enjoy 12-16, SLA 2000
Another imaginative tale by this award-winning children's author.
Belfast Telegraph, 1st April 2000
The Burning: 'The insidiousness of evil is beautifully handled in Allen's exploration of jealousy and revenge.'
Janni Howker in TES
The writing style is exceptional ... Highly recommended, school libraries should add The Burning to their collection and explore other titles by this gifted author.
Beth Ashworth, Teacher Librarian, Fiction Focus
Lord of the Dance: 'An intriguing and well written psychological novel.'
The Northern Echo
The Burning: 'The writing is tense and the complex plotting assured, which adds up to an exciting, imaginative tale . . . '
BfK
Lord of the Dance: 'This is a fascinating book which will not remain long on the shelves but should certainly be available for young teenage readers.'
The School Librarian
The Spring on the Mountain: 'Unusual ... with moments of real beauty.'
Junior Bookshelf
The Spring on the Mountain: 'Elemental is exactly the word to describe its strange plot. ... Spellbinding.'
Manchester Evening News