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Ellory, R. J.. CANDLEMOTH - Orion 2003

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Candlemoth by R. J. Ellory. 2003 - Orion. For sale is a first edition, first printing. fine used hardback book in a fine dust jacket.

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For sale is a fine hardback copy of the novel, Candlemoth by R. J. Ellory, published in 2003 by Orion.

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Title Candlemoth
Author R. J. Ellory
Publisher Orion
Edition First UK edition, first printing
Copyright Year 2003
ISBN 0752856669
Cover Price 7.99
No. Pages 342
Dimensions 22 cm x 14 cm
Weight (kg) 0.56

The book is a first edition, first printing as evidenced by no mention of later editions on the copyright page.

The book has red boards and gold lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and white, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The fine dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £7.99.

Overall a fine copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.

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R. J. Ellory

R.J. Ellory originally studied graphics and photography, he intended to pursue a career in photojournalism, but for many reasons - all of them well within his control - this never came to fruition.

He started writing more than ten years ago and hasn't stopped since. His novels have been translated into Italian, German and Dutch, and his novel 'Candlemoth' was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Steel Dagger for Best Thriller in 2003.

He divides his time between his work as a novelist and voluntary programmes in the areas of drug rehabilitaion and youth literacy. He is married with one son, and currently resides in England.

Synopsis of this title

Daniel Ford has thirty days to live. Accused of the horrific murder of his best friend Nathan twelve years before, he has exhausted all appeals and now faces the long walk to the electric chair. All he can do is make peace with his God.

Father John Rousseau is the man to whom the last month of Daniel's life has been entrusted. All the two men have left to do is rake over the last ashes of Ford's existence. So he begins to tell his story. Beginning with his first meeting with Nathan, aged six, on the shores of a lake in 1952, through first loves, Vietnam, the death of Kennedy and finally their flight from the draft which ended in Nathan's brutal murder…

Meanwhile the clock is ticking and the days are running out…

Reviews of this title


Death row thriller which charts the life story of convicted murderer Daniel Ford who has thirty six days to live and who meets regularly to talk with Father John Rousseau, visiting prison chaplain. In 1952, six year old Daniel meets Nathan Vernay and the two boys forge a friendship which lasts until Nathan’s savage murder in 1970. Living together through the America of the 1960’s, through the time of the civil right’s struggle, Kennedy’s assassination and that of Martin Luther King, the space race and the Vietnam War, Daniel and Nathan eventually go on the run together to evade the draft. As the time of his death draws ever nearer, Daniel’s account circles closer and closer to the bitter truth behind the murder, his trial and conviction. This is a breathtaking book. Ellroy’s artless prose takes the story of Daniel’s coming of age and fall from grace and uses it as a metaphor for the destruction of the American dream and the corruption of the American administration. A stunning indictment of the death penalty but a story that also bears testament to love and friendship and bravery. With lyrical descriptions of the lost innocence of childhood, vivid characterisation and the horrendous prospect of the electric chair creating acute suspense, Ellroy’s book, his debut, will surely win awards as well as please readers…..Tangled web UK review>

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