The Company of Ghosts


Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Andersen Press

Age 12+

Chillers Children's & Young Adult Fiction & True Stories, Romance & Relationships Stories Horror & Ghost Stories

It was a seascape, moody with rocks and cliffs and wild showers of spray. Ellie’s own reflection was drawn into it, like a ghost image among the lights and shadows.
‘That’s our island,’ Morag said.
‘It looks mysterious.’
‘It is. That’s where we’re going tomorrow.’

Ellie is excited to be going with Morag’s family to their beautiful island, but when she finds herself abandoned there, things begin to change. Footsteps, shadows, strange lights, a haunting song; more and more she becomes aware that she is not really on her own.

'We should treasure writers like Berlie Doherty who are incapable of writing a mediocre sentence.' Sunday Telegraph


Berlie Doherty began writing for children in 1983, after teaching and working in radio. She has written more than 35 books for children, as well as for the theatre, radio and television. Berlie has won the Carnegie Medal twice: in 1987 for GRANNY WAS A BUFFER GIRL and in 1992 for DEAR NOBODY. She has also won the Writer's Guild Children's Fiction Award for DAUGHTER OF THE SEA. Her work is published all over the world, and many of her books have been televised.


Doherty’s superb control of her material and her beautiful use of language have never more perfectly combined than in this genuinely chilling ghost story . . . Eerily atmospheric, emotionally authentic, this is a powerful and touching coming-of-age adventure with romance at its heart.

Daily Mail

Haunting in every sense of the word, and full of unforgettable images

Books for Keeps, Best Books for of the Year

Fabulous… Berlie Doherty doesn’t put a foot wrong

The Bookbag

Doherty’s briliantly crafted, atmospheric story is a hugely satisfying read

Booksellers' Choice, The Bookseller

Hauntingly absorbing

Glasgow Herald

Doherty is a keen observer of nature and uses it to illustrate the turbulence of the teenage years with sensitivity and care

Literary Review

A beautifully written novel, which combines an evocative sense of place with a poignant tale of loss and redemption

The School Librarian

Beautifully written. I couldn’t put the book down.

Armadillo Magazine

Amazing. I love this book. I would definitely recommend.

Manpreet, Guardian Children's Book Site

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