The hero is John Grange, a young gardener on Mrs. Mostyn's estate, who finds himself to be in love with Mary Ellis, the daughter of the bailiff, James Ellis. But as he is no more than an under-gardener Ellis is angry with him for even thinking of Mary. There is an accident when John has ascended a large cedar tree that had lost a bough in a gale, and a broken branch needed to be tidied up. John falls from where he was sawing, onto the ground, landing on his head. He recovers from the concussion, but is now blind. His rival not only for Mary's hand but also for promotion to Head Gardener when Dunton, the present Head Gardener, now very old, dies, is Daniel Barnett, who of course gets the job. But he is a nasty man, not very good at his work, while the blind John can do his work almost as well as before, working by touch. Barnett plays a number of most unkind tricks on his rival John. Eventually John disappears without trace and rumour is rife
Get set for nonstop seafaring adventure in this ripping yarn from George Manville Fenn. Something suspicious is afoot on the cutter White Hawk, and midshipman Archibald Raystoke is determined to get to the bottom of it. Inquisitive by nature, Raystoke starts investigating -- and soon finds himself caught up in a dastardly plot.
Set in the early seventeenth century, this historical novel geared for younger audiences pits good against evil. What starts out as a feud between neighboring families turns into something more profound as the one-time foes band together to fight a much more significant battle.
Begumbagh is a short novel targeted to younger audiences that presents a view of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Though Fenn's account is slanted toward the British military's perspective, it's an enriching take on an important turning point in the history of colonialism. This edition also includes a number of other Fenn short stories.
Author George Manville Fenn adds an exciting new chapter to the age-old legend of Robin Hood in this entertaining book geared for younger readers. Always ready for mischief, a young Robin kidnaps the son of his arch-nemesis, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and trains him as part of his crew of misfits and thieves.
In this short but thoroughly gripping mystery from George Manville Fenn, a reclusive millionaire has died, leaving his fortune to be divided according to his rather unusual instructions. A group of potential beneficiaries are informed that the money may be hidden in the late fellow's stately mansion, and hijinks inevitably ensue.
Younger readers will be able to imagine the sea spray splashing on their faces when they immerse themselves in this high-seas adventure from George Manville Fenn. The tale follows several crew members of the HMS Nautilus, which is stationed off the coast of Africa.
Younger readers can get a first-hand look at the battlefield action of the Peninsular War in this historical action-adventure novel from George Manville Fenn. Young soldier Penton Gray sustains a serious wound, but displays admirable grace under fire by risking his own life to rescue an injured comrade. Will the pair safely make it back to their regiment?
In George Manville Fenn's By Birth a Lady, a chance encounter in the aftermath of a riding accident paves the way for a romantic entanglement that seems to be doomed from the start. Will social pressures to marry prevail and force a practical union between unfeeling partners, or will the young lovers find the courage to follow their hearts?
Christmas-themed short stories, often with a strong moral lesson, were an abidingly popular annual tradition in Victorian England. Author George Manville Fenn contributes to the genre with this charming collection, which runs the gamut from spooky chillers to family bonhomie.