The Radleys, Paperback Book
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Meet the Radleys: Peter, Helen and their teenage kids Clara and Rowan.

An everyday family who live in a pretty English village and juggle dysfunctional lives.

So far, so normal. Except, as Peter and Helen know (but the kids have yet to find out), the Radleys happen to be a family of abstaining vampires.

When one night Clara finds herself driven to commit a bloodthirsty act of violence, her parents need to explain a few things: why is their skin is so sensitive to light, why do they all find garlic so repulsive, and why has Clara's recent decision to go vegan had quite such an effect on her behaviour...?

But when mysterious Uncle Will swoops into the village, he unleashes a host of shadowy truths and dark secrets that threaten to destroy the Radleys and the world around them.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781406330281

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A wonderful book without a sparkling, wonderfully smelling, or any other kind of superficially glamorous, vampire in sight – even Will, the most vampiric vampire of them all, looks dreadful ‘like a dishevelled rocker from some outdated band who still through the shabby raincoat was a sound style statement. ‘ But, then this isn’t really a story about vampires, it’s really about the terrible consequences of keeping fundamental secrets.This doesn’t mean that Haig doesn’t have fun with the genre though, other than Wordsworth, the Romantics were vampires – Byron and Thomas de Quincy, who end up DJing in a cave in Ibiza as Don Juan and DJ Opium.Some reviewers have been unhappy with the ending, feeling it wraps everything up too neatly, which is a fair comment, but, and without giving anything away, for me at least, there is still a potential threat to the family - that blood will out.