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The Saga of Darren Shan - Cirque Du Freak (The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 1): Unabridged edition

By Darren Shan, Read by Rupert Degas

The first part of the chilling Saga of Darren Shan, the ordinary schoolboy plunged into the vampire world.

Darren goes to a banned freak show with his best mate Steve. It’s the wonderfully gothic Cirque Du Freak where weird, frightening half human/half animals appear who interact terrifyingly with the audience. Darren – a spider freak – ‘falls in love’ with Madam Octa – an enormous tarantula owned by Mr Crepsley. Darren determines to steal the spider so that he can train it to perform amazing deeds. But his daring theft goes horribly wrong. The spider bites Steve and Darren has to sell his soul to Mr Crepsley – a member of the vampire clan – to get the antidote.

Something out of the ordinary is set against the background of children’s normal lives to chilling effect. Atmospheric, funny, realistic, moving and… terrifying.

Format: CD-Audio
Ageband: 9 to 11
Release Date: 05 Feb 2009
Pages: None
ISBN: 978-0-00-721415-0
Price: £12.49 (Export Price) , £14.99
Detailed Edition: Unabridged edition
Born in London in 1972, Darren O’Shaughnessy [writing as Darren Shan] moved to Limerick with his parents and younger brother. Returned to London to study Sociology and English then worked for a TV cable company. His first adult novel Ayuamarca has been published by Orion and his writing has been likened to Clive Barker and Iain Banks. He is now a full-time writer of TV scripts and novels. Cirque du Freak is his first title for children.

”Cirque Du Freak'…fast-paced and compelling book … full of satisfyingly macabre touches…which leaves the reader hungry for more.” - JK Rowling

‘Brilliant, macabre tale.’Guardian -

'I read Cirque Du Freak last week. I loved it. I love the way you manage to juggle the funny with the unpleasant, the affection with the hurt. It'sgreat story-telling.'Roddy Doyle -

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