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The Screaming Staircase

When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in . . .

For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions.

Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.

Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again  . . .


US edition available in
hardback and paperback.
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UK edition available in hardback, paperback, ebook and audio CD.



"Fantastic characters, fast-paced action, and truly alarming in places."
The Guardian
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“With the same sophisticated imagination that made his Bartimaeus series such a success, Stroud’s writing is assured and nimble. He’s terrific at mixing the macabre with high-school-level repartee.”
The New York Times
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"A delicious mixture of bone-dry wit and spooky shocks."
Financial Times
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“A dashing teenage hero, a ghostly cult leader and a girl gravedigger with serious personal hygiene issues are just some of the delights that lie in wait in The Whispering Skull, Jonathan Stroud’s second book in the Lockwood & Co. series.”
The Independent
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“I’ve waited with baited breath for the latest instalment of Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co novels. At last, The Whispering Skull is here - and it’s definitely worth the wait… The story is just as spooky, and brilliantly told as the previous instalment, which admittedly you don’t need to have read first but why miss out?”
The Scotsman


German edition available
in hardback, paperback
and ebook.


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