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The Thief of Always Paperback – August 27, 1993

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Mr Hood’s Holiday House has stood for a thousand years, welcoming countless children into its embrace. It is a place of miracles, a blissful round of treats and seasons, where every childish whim may be satisfied.

There is a price to be paid, of course, but young Harvey Swick, bored with his life and beguiled by Mr Hood’s wonders, does not stop to discover the consequences. It is only when the House shows its darker face – when Harvey discovers the pitiful creatures that dwell in its shadow – that he comes to doubt Mr Hood’s philanthropy.

The house and its mysterious architect are not about to release their captive without a battle, however. Mr Hood has ambitions for his new guest, for Harvey’s soul burns brighter than any soul he has encountered for a thousand years…

“A dashingly produced fantasy with powerful drawings by the author”
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“Barker’s book puts the grim back into fairy tales and continues a noble tradition of scaring kids witless. Neatly nasty drawings too”
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“Barker puts the dark side back into childhood fantasy…A welcome modern-day return to a classic form, this fable lives up to the publishers’ billing as a tale for all ages”
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“Bradbury with razored edges”
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About the Author

Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952. His earlier books include ‘The Books of Blood’, ‘Cabal’, and ‘The Hellbound Heart’. In addition to his work as a novelist and playwright, he also iilustrates, writes, directs and produces for stage and screen. His films include ‘Hellraiser’, ‘Hellbound’, ‘Nightbreed’ and ‘Candyman’. Clive lives in Beverly Hills, California.


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins; Revised ed. edition (August 27, 1993)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0006473113
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0006473114
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 10+ years, from customers
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 740L
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 4.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 4.37 x 0.55 x 7.01 inches
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Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952. His earlier books include The Books of Blood, Cabal, and The Hellbound Heart. In addition to his work as a novelist and playwright, he also illustrates, writes, directs and produces for stage and screen. His films include Hellraiser, Hellbound, Nightbreed and Candyman. Clive lives in Beverly Hills, California

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5.0 out of 5 stars Clive Barker created a fable for the ages.
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Clive Barker created a fable for the ages. I love this book. Clive Barker outdone himself with this fable about be careful what you wish for or you may not like the outcome. Harvey Swick is bored and longs for something else to come along. He soon regrets it after he sees the consequence of his wish. The ending does end with a hopeful sign of things to come.
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