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Ghost Sitter, by Christobel Mattingley

Ghost Sitter

By Christobel Mattingley


A short black comedy, centred on the macabre and mysterious events taking place at an Australian school. Illustrated by Christina Brimage.

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Print Hardback £11.00
ISBN: 9780744400410
Specifications: 222x144mm, 96pp, b&w illustrations
Publication: July 1984

About this Book

The hero of this story is a boy called Claudius Hobbs though he prefers not to publicise his first name. He and his friend Brett help Miss Klein, a supervisor at their school, to move endless cartons of toilet paper into a store room off the headmaster's study. The toilet paper, Hobbs and the little-loved wife of a former headmaster all come together in the macabre climax of this very funny story.

The illustrations by Australian artist Christina Brimage add a nice, light-hearted touch.


1. The F.A. Smith Memorial Chair
2. The secret door
3. In which I visit the sewage plant, become right-hand man to Miss Klein
     and Mr. Jones, and am asked to do an errand
4. In which I visit Mrs. Effie G. Smith and hear voices
5. In which I fix dolls and become unfixed myself
6. In which I suffer nightmares and discover new clues
7. In which a lack of evidence proves a point, I meet Cocky
     and F.A. Smith divines my secret
8. In which Cocky triumphs
9. The fête at which fate takes its course
10. In which I catch up on the score and plan a salvage operation
11. In which the chair is resurrected, I become a victim of poisoning
     and hear Jonesy's version of the damnation of F.A. Smith
12. Ghost sitter

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