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Ian P Buckingham
Ian P Buckingham
English author Ian P Buckingham is widely published across a range of genres and mediums. A bit of a modern renaissance man, his work spans high-brow business books on brand and communication as well as magical adventure stories for children and young adults.
Winner of various creative writing prizes throughout his career and education in Africa and England, he has studied at Harvard as well as the University of Leeds where he also specialised in children's and Commonwealth literature.
Ian has edited several publications including poetry and creative writing magazines and has written, produced and directed plays. A proud father of two daughters (the muses for the important work) and a passionate shared parenting advocate, when not writing or roaming Britain’s coastline and forests, Ian is a prominent management consultant and MBA lecturer, championing the crucial role of great stories in life generally, no matter the age of the reader.
Legend of the Lost
The Savage children think they lead normal, largely unspectacular lives until they unearth the heart of a shooting star on a peaceful Cornish beach.
What seems like a chance encounter compels them onto a collision course with a pandemic of dark magic so malign that it threatens their family; the true kingdom of the animals and the enchanted fae who watch over them all.
Following the path set by the Moonstone, they journey deep into a mystical realm hiding in plain sight. Here they discover personal qualities, enchanted items and allies previously unknown.
But how can they ever hope to become strong enough to face up to what lies in wait for them in the shadowy clutches of the ancient Ashridge Forest?
And how do they survive a sinister force that has hungered for them for many barren generations?
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What a fantastic book. It is so beautifully written each page has had us wanting to know more. Even with places mentioned that we know so well it takes you to somewhere special and makes those places magical. Our next visit to Ashridge will we spent hunting for that magic. A great book to share that’s takes you on many adventures. I couldn’t recommend it enough. We can’t wait for the next one in the series.
What a fabulous book! One of the best I have read for a very long time. This should be in every school library. The last time I had this feeling about a book it was after reading the first Harry Potter. Truly a magical masterpiece and you will not be able to put it down. Highly recommend to all. Utterly brilliant. Can’t wait for the next in the trilogy.
FC - Amazon Reader
FC - Amazon Reader
Spent a thoroughly enjoyable Saturday reading this book which is a little gem. The author skillfully weaves a heartwarming story about a loving family torn apart centuries ago in tragic circumstances before finally discovering their true selves and each other again. All this happens against a backdrop of terrifying magical events involving fairies, gypsy pirates, witches and an army of foul creatures. A great part of the enjoyment is the fact that the story is set in Cornwall and Hertfordshire, locations known well to the author and his love of these areas shines through as he describes them in vivid detail. The first in a trilogy and I'm looking forward to the next instalment so hopefully Mr Buckingham won't keep us waiting too long.
RMS - Amazon Reader
RMS - Amazon Reader
Good yarn for kiddies especially if they know Porthleven or Cornish coastal villages
A thoroughly enjoyable read, for children and adults alike. As a grown up (most of the time) it brought back the escapism and fantasy of Enid Blyton and CS Lewis - even better as it’s set in the familiar yet fantastic settings of Cornwall and Ashridge. Can’t wait for the rest of the books in the trilogy.
I bought this book for 2 sets of grandchildren but of course "nana" had to read it first! As someone who read the original Enid Blyton books as a child and enjoys gothic/supernatural novels as an adult I was in my element as this book combines the two of those elements. I was transported back to my inner child and immersed myself in the tale of Holly and Alice, in fact I walked up to my local beach in search of a moonstone, well, you never know! This is a magical book that holds your interest from the first page to the last, it also has a subtle but meaningful message, family is everything, love is everything and good can overcome evil. My grandchildren are in for a treat!
Superbly written book. The first page has you hooked. The author really has a way with words to keep you enthralled throughout and this was meant to be a bedtime story but my son decided that he was so impatient to finish, he took the book off me and read within days. Scenery is described beautifully and characters are enchanting. Five stars from my 10 year old. Big thumbs up!
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this heartwarming magical story. Could not put it down. Really looking forward to the next in the trilogy. Truely brilliant!
An amazing read , three generations of our family love this book. The magic the places all fantastic, can’t wait to read more.
Bought this exciting sounding novel for a friend’s son. He is into his adventure fiction and it seemed to have all the right ingredients. As many of us do, if we’re honest, I couldn’t resist a read during my commute. Was quickly swept into the charming storyline and caught up in the many richly varied characters and tempo and before I knew it was checking for when the sequel arrives. Cleverly conceived and well balanced with everyday heroes of both genders and a plot line ripe for our times but with a classical feel, it ‘s both familiar and refreshing. Have now ordered copies as Christmas and birthday gifts for friends and family.
Wonderful story and morality in this adventure that has you connected right from the beginning. Knowing Cornwall helps as you get an instant hit of familiarity as you read. This took me back to childhood adventures and strange family behaviour that was never understood as a child that I have learned to understand as an adult! Showing the interaction of the children with the other story characters and the descriptions of people and places brought it all to life in such a vibrant way that I couldn't put it down once I started to read it!