The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Gladiator
Graverobbing! Murder! Mayhem! Having fled from his bodysnatcher masters, Cephas Catchpole resolves to uncover the secrets surrounding his dead parents, the evil Dr Mortdecai Brimstone and his fraudulent smallpox potions, an enigmatic Indian doctor called Taggi and the infamous hangman Titus the Rope. Along the way, Cephas enlists the help of Mortdecai’s bold and adventurous daughter Edith, who is keen to see her father get his deserved comeuppance. This is a gripping and atmospheric Dickensian tale for young readers, filled with suspense, humour and more twists than a hangman’s noose.
John Townsend worked as a Secondary School teacher before becoming a full time writer of children’s books and a writer-in-residence in a primary school tree-house. He specialises in fun, exciting information books for reluctant readers, as well as fast-paced fiction, reading schemes and ‘fiction with facts’ books. He visits schools around the country to encourage excitement in all aspects of reading and writing. He has recently written 12 plays based on Salariya’s You Wouldn’t Want To Be series that will be uploaded to the company’s new website for use in classrooms.