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Date: 09 June 2004
Preview: Wormwood by GP Taylor

From the Wormwood book cover
More evil deeds from the vicar's pen

Graham Taylor started writing Wormwood even before he knew what a bestseller Shadowmancer would be.

Set in the 18th century, GP Taylor shines his creative spotlight on a decadent dark time in England's past.

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GP Taylors research into 18th century life has unearthed some unearthly facts!

 Dentists believed that cavities were caused by mysterious 'tooth worms'
that would enter the mouth of a sleeping person and burrow into the teeth.

 The book Cures and Diseases of 1778 states that to cure rickets in
children, 'new born babies should be immersed in cold water and left until
they are 8 or 9 months old'!

 There were more gay bars (Molly Houses) than there are in London today.

 Piles were often treated by placing live leeches on the offending part and
allowing them to suck out the blood.

 False teeth could be ordered by post for £3.20 (but in old money!). They had powerful springs
to hold them in place and these would often hold the mouth open so you
couldn't speak!

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Title: Wormwood
Author: GP Taylor
Publisher: Faber and Faber
ISBN: 0571221505
Price: £6.99 (paperback)

Meet the author!
Book signing: Saturday 12 June 2004:

11:30 - 13:30 - Whitby Bookshop, 88 Church Street, Whitby
15:00 - 16:00 - Waterstone's, 97-98 Westborough, Scarborough


A year after the runaway success of his first novel, Shadowmancer, GP Taylor's mix of adventure, action, folklore and superstition is blended again for his second book, Wormwood.

The story

Dr Sabian Blake, astronomer, scientist, and master of the Kabbalah, is in possession of the Nemorensis, an ancient leather-bound book which holds the secrets of the universe.

It bears a mysterious inscription in the margin: "Wormwood, the bright star shall fall from the sky and many will die from its bitterness."

Deciphering this prophecy could prove the key to saving London from a catastrophic fate.

But others are interested in the Nemorensis too ... for much more sinister reasons.

About the book

Wormwood is billed as an edge-of-the-seat thriller, full of vividly drawn characters and unusual creatures.

It's got an eighteenth century London setting, a time that G.P. Taylor's says "was a hotbed of intrigue and fear, where disease and debauchery went hand in hand.

"This is an ideal backdrop for Wormwood, an exciting supernatural thriller, set in London, that takes a wild walk through the dark side of human and supernatural life.

"Not to be read in the dark!"

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"Different" says Suzanne

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