The Peculiar Tale of the Tentacle Boy
Marina lives in Merlington, a fish-obsessed seaside town. Unfortunately, she doesn’t care for fish; she loves telling stories.
Marina finds her best story yet when she explores the ruined, haunted pier: a boy called William with a head of tentacles and crab claws for hands. He has lived on the pier all his life, cared for by a fisherman who has since disappeared and who warned him always to remain hidden.
Together, the pair resolve to unravel the mystery of his past – but danger isn’t far away …
About the Author
Richard Pickard has always loved spending time by the sea. Although he grew up in Hertfordshire his grandparents live on the south coast, in Sussex and Dorset, where much of the inspiration for his stories has been found. Whether writing, sunbathing, or sheltering from the rain with a mug of tea, the family beach hut in Bournemouth has always been one of his happiest places.
Richard’s debut novel, The Peculiar Tale of the Tentacle Boy, won the inaugural Times/Chicken House Chairman’s Choice Award in 2019. His love of storytelling started at a young age, through a passion for literature but also for cinema. Two of his greatest childhood influences were Roald Dahl and Tim Burton, who both possess a wickedly dark sense of humour.
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