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William Corlett
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Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for The Magician's House Quartet: The Door . Thirteen-year-old William Constant and his two younger sisters, Mary and Alice, have come to ancient, mysterious Golden House in Wales for the holidays

Thirteen-year-old William Constant and his two younger sisters, Mary and Alice, have come to ancient, mysterious Golden House in Wales for the holidays. Their lives will never be the same once they enter the Magician's House - and discover their destiny. The Secret of MagicIt's vacation again - time for William, Mary, and Alice to return to Golden House.

The Magician's House is a quartet of children's fantasy books by William Corlett. Two mini-series were produced in 1999 for British television, which were directed by Paul Lynch. The series featured Jennifer Saunders and Stephen Fry voicing some of the animal characters. The books were published in the early 1990s, and named as follows: The Steps up the Chimney. The Door in the Tree. The Tunnel behind the Waterfall. The Bridge in the Clouds.

The Magician's House Quartet by. William Corlett . He worked as an actor while embarking on a literary car William Corlett (8 October 1938 - 16 August 2005), was an English children's writer, best known for his quartet of novels, The Magician's House, published between 1990 and 1992. Corlett was born in Darlington, County Durham.

Being the Second Book of The Magician’s House. William, meanwhile, scrambled into the undergrowth along the side of the forest track and, at a distance from him, a flash of white marked where Spot was bounding away from the block, his tail wagging as he tried not to bark with excitement. It was a bright spring day with a breeze blowing. It shook the branches of the trees and made them sway and move above Alice’s head, clattering and swishing. Reaching the cover of a clump of gorse bushes, she paused, gasping for breath, and looked around her.

Published May 13, 2005 by Red Fox.

William Corlett, after being educated at Fettes College in Edinburgh, trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, in London. He soon started writing plays for the theater, including The Gentle Avalanche and Return Ticket, which were performed in London. William went on to write the highly acclaimed and best-selling Magician's House Quartet, orginally published by the Bodley Head, which recently became a major BBC television series. The Summer of the Haunting, a contemporary ghost story, is his most recent novel for young readers.

William Corlett's Magician's House Quartet, originally published by The Bodley Head in London recently became a major BBC television series. Publisher: Simon Pulse (May 3, 2010). ISBN13: 9781442414143.

William Corlett's Magician's House Quartet, originally published by The Bodley Head in London recently became a. . It shook the branches of the trees and made them sway and move above Alice's head, clattering and swishing.

Item Information:Author : William Corlett. William Corlett grew up in Yorkshire. After training at RADA, he worked as an actor in the theatre and on television before devoting himself full-time to writing. Product Information:TITLE: The Door In The Tree (Magician's House Quartet). His teen-novel The Gate of Eden was successfully dramatised in the 1970s, and he won an Emmy for his dramatisation of The Magician's House for the BBC. Country of Publication.

The Magician's House is a quartet of children's fantasy books by William Corlett All four books centre on young siblings William, Mary and Alice Constant. All four books centre on young siblings William, Mary and Alice Constant. They spend their holidays at Golden House, a large, 16th Century house in the British countryside. The house is given no specific location except for Wales, supposedly on ley lines; reference to standing stones is made in the books.

Thirteen-year-old William Constant and his two younger sisters, Mary and Alice, have come to ancient, mysterious Golden House in Wales for the holidays. Their lives will never be the same once they enter the Magician's House -- and discover their destiny.

The Secret of Magic

It's vacation again -- time for William, Mary, and Alice to return to Golden House. They've made a solemn vow not to speak of anything that happened on their last visit to Uncle Jack's home. Was the magic real? It seems like a dream to William and Mary. Only Alice knows the secret of magic: believing. It is alice who discovers the Dark and Dreadful Path, Alice who is irresistibly drawn to the ancient yew tree. And it is Alice who finds the door in the tree -- leading to the secret hiding place of the Magician. It wasn't a dream!

Soon they've become the Magician's students, led by the kestel, the badgers, and the dog into the most perilous assignment of all....


  • Tenius
This is the second book in the `Magician's House Quartet' and sees the three children of the previous novel (`The Steps Up The Chimney') return to their uncle Jack's Golden House, where the year before they had meet a time-travelling wizard called Stephen Tyler, befriended a number of wild animals and mastered the magical art of sharing their bodies, and helped deliver their uncle's girlfriend's baby when the wizard's assistant Morden had attempted to sabotage the birth.
The children William, Mary and the youngest Alice are delighted to be back during the short spring break, eager to begin living more of the magic, but are slightly disconcerted to find that nothing out of the ordinary occurs. Just as William begins to doubt the reality of the magic of however, Alice once more joins minds with the dog Spot, who leads her to the Door in the Tree...
In this story, the badger sett of the valley is under attack from badger-baiters - a fact the children learn from their new friend, the elderly woman Meg Lewis, who lived by herself in Four Fields where she has appointed herself a guardian of the wildlife in the area - in particular the badgers. When the children discover a dead badger upon the path that Spot calls `The Dark and Dreadful Path', and find several ominous messages signed `the Fang', they realise that something indeed is amiss within the Golden Valley, and once more it's up to them to restore balance.
`The Door in the Tree' is a step up from its predecessor `The Steps Up the Chimney' - it takes the children further into the woods and grounds of Golden House to discover further beauties -and harsh truths - of the natural world, a pattern that is continued in the next book `The Tunnel Behind the Waterfall' where the children trek even further to find the lake known as Goldenwater. In this second book the children also find new acquaintances - not just Meg, but animals such as Falco the kestrel, Bawson the badger, Merula the blackbird, and re-appearances from Cinnabar the fox and Jasper the owl.
The story is more focussed and to the point - in the previous book suspense is built up only for nothing to happen, but here there are several exciting and interesting occurrences of the children's adventures - especially those that occur during the night. Although disappointingly the door in the tree actually plays a very little part in the story (you never actually learn where it came from), other happenings slowly begin to build up and create tension till the children are once more separated and relying only on their individual talents to resolve the problem. Corlett's descriptions of the children entering the animal's bodies are especially vivid, and his greatest strength is action-sequences (seen used to best effect in the final volume `The Bridge in the Clouds'). Also worth re-reading is the lovely description of Four Fields, Meg's home.
However, as it was in the first book, the magician and his evil assistant Morden have very little to do in the main plot strand of the book. Morden appears only as a lurking threat at the back of their minds, and the magician himself Stephen Tyler arrives without warning to spout ideas of philosophy, alchemy and human nature that young readers may find confusing and are perhaps better suited to books of a higher age group than these are intended.
There is some more information on the history of the house as told from Meg's point of view - its interesting, but a little hard to piece altogether, especially if you can't quite remember little tidbits of history that were first told in the first book. A timeline or family tree would have been appropriate to chronicle the families that lived in the house - the Crawdens, the Tylers, the Mordens, the Lewises and now the Taylors/Greens.
Luckily the children improve - in the first book I could barely stand them due to their quarrelling and rudeness, but here there is a slight improvement on their manners, though Alice still needs a lot of work to make her even remotely likeable - the fuss she makes over Phoebe breastfeeding her baby is vulgar as well poorly written. Parents might not enjoy reading such passages out loud (Alice shrieks out - "Boobs! Boobs! Will's got a thing about boobs!). Like the plot strand of Jack and Phoebe's living together without being married, it is too crudely and awkwardly written to belong in a children's book. Other authors have tackled such subject matter with far more sensitivity than Corlett does here.
All in all, its an enjoyable enough book, a good continuation of the `Steps Up the Chimney', but nothing overly special, with a few moments that unfortunately drag this series down from what it could have been.
  • Gamba
In the door in the tree the three constant children go to stay with there uncle and his patner in Golden House. While there the children come across a door in a large tree with a room looking out onto the whole valley. Here the children first meet Meg Lewis a local woman who is trying to protect the badgers. They soon learn more about how the badger's are being hunted for sport by the badger baiters and there vicious dogs and become very interested in what they can do to help them. But when the magician refuses to help with magic they find themselves left with a terrible choice to make. I really enjoyed reading this book but at times it was dragged out a bit too much. I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series so if you're someone that likes reading books about magic you'll really enjoy this one.