A Child from the Wishing Well

A Child from the Wishing Well

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Author: Raymond Nickford
Length: 279 page(s)
Language: English
Written: Sep 2011
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Category: Fiction & Literature » Thriller  |  Work: Roman
Keywords: childhood, family life, parent and children, scary, disturbing, family life fiction, family tree, literary fiction, drama, psychological suspense, thriller, music tutor, London, paranoia, tender, poignant, emotional

A father with paranoia fights mental illness to reach out to his lonely child.

A Child from the Wishing Well reflects the author's fascination with studies of dysfunctional characters in family life or other relationships who may nevertheless find that clouds can, ultimately, have a silver lining. If life dips and threatens to overwhelm, however dire, it really is still better to try and fail and, if necessary 'keep' trying and, to an extent, keep failing, than not to try at all; so that if the end to a novel is not happy - in the sentimental sense - the book judged as a whole should be affirmative of life, uplifting.

Gerard's wish is to break out of paranoia, discover daughter Rosie's love. Is the eerie music tutor Ruth's foul-smelling well a place where wishes happen? Ashamed he cannot relate to his daughter, Rosie, Gerard accompanies and stays with her for violin lessons at the home of tutor, Ruth Stein.

Ruth, fascinating him for her musical sensitivity, becomes a confidante. Against his better judgement and his wife's reservations - the paranoid, Gerard, can only cling to believing the tutor can bring him closer to Rosie.

Soon, he must wrestle with his suspicions again, for Ruth mothers Rosie, almost smothers...

Reaching out to a broken doll, propped in the darkness at the bottom of Ruth's garden well, Gerard wants to believe that what he touches and smells is just the decay of sacks enfolding a doll; the closest to a child that the lonely old spinster could cling. Investigating, Gerard's fears for Rosie's safety begin to mount.

Rosie draws closer to her father, notices his new concern but, if she is in danger, can he save her and can Gerard still triumph over the emotional void of paranoia; feel, accept, he and Rosie could share the love of which others speak?

Shortlisted for the Harper Collins (Authonomy) Gold Star Award, May 2010
Sunday Times Bestselling author, Barbara Erskine, comments in the Preface :

"Beautifully observed characters, atmospheric, intriguing."

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About the Author

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Raymond Nickford has a degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University College of North Wales and has been a college lecturer in English Literature. Troubled souls; the outsider, the lonely, his inspiration.

Meet-the-Author interview:


Raymond's work has been influenced in part by film producer Alfred Hitchcock, as well as authors Ian McEwan and - especially - Daphne du Maurier, whose mastery of mystery and suspense first sparked his interest in fiction with her "Rebecca".

Raymond believes his teaching of English in colleges and as a private tutor has informed his new suspense A Child from the Wishing Well:

This features an eerie music tutor, her young pupil Rosie and Rosie's paranoid and inept father, Gerard, who yearns to fight his mental illness to reach out to his lonely daughter.

The book was shortlisted for the Harper Collins Gold Star Award, May 2010.


"Growing up in a suburb of Chicago, the first scary movie I remember seeing was the 1965 Bette Davis movie, The Nanny. To this day, that movie has always stuck with me as one of the great psychological thrillers of all time. For me, A Child from the Wishing Well, is reminiscent of that movie" -
Candace Bowen Early - author of A Knight of Silence

"The story is both enjoyable and oddly chilling, all the more so for its apparent warmth. The pleasantness of Ruth and her liveliness should seem gentle, grandmotherly and appealing, a sweet old lady one could adore, what seems kindly suddenly turns sinister, her upbeat excitability oddly macabre, her voice... a bird screeching... fingers down a blackboard" -
Raven Clarke - author of The Shadowsword Saga

"The author gives great voice to his characters, describing well their idiosyncrasies. A good story must either go deep or wide, and with Nickford's background in psychology he goes deep within the human condition. For some adults, the ability to relate to a child does not come naturally, and requires enormous if not awkward effort. This is an often overlooked subject worth exploring" -
Stephen Valentine - author of Nobody Rides for Free

"A beautifully constructed scenario emerged. The attic scene vividly describes the significance of the doll in the depth of the well. All the mystery and menace of the story coalesces here. I was taken back years to the 1960s when I read a story by Saki entitled The Lumber Room. Mystery and menace are purely distilled in a distinctive writing style" -
Tony Brady - author of Scenes from an Examined Life

"Full of dark shadings and menace. I like the tenderness of the father's feelings" -
A. R. Taylor - author of Sex, Rain, and Cold Fusion

Aristo's Family : Set on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, an eerie and poignant story about a boy's need to belong while his archaeologist father is too preoccupied with his obsession to search for a family who, Aristo was told, had all been burnt beyond recognition in the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. Father and son... or strangers forever ?

Twists in the Tale : Eerie stories of the troubled, the lonely, but places where clouds can, ultimately, have a silver lining.

For other titles of family life in literary and psychological suspense please see Raymond Nickford's books on Amazon and other retailers.

Raymond says he is moved by the music and life of the composer Edward Elgar, his interest leading him each year to a cottage in the Malvern Hills and to the Three Choirs Festival.





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