Irvine HuntIrvine Hunt’s colourful literary life has included five years in Fleet Street on the foreign desk at The Daily Telegraph, film making in Norway, personal assistant to the general manager at the National Film Theatre and a lecturer for the British Film Institute on the origins of early films.

For two years he lived in Norway and for seven months trekked round Spain and Portugal. He lives in the English Lake District, and in addition to the above titles has published several other books.

Irvine’s latest novel, The Phantom Sister, is a crossover adventure story, intended both for the young – especially the 9 to12s – and for grown-up readers.

As 12-year-old Alison reaches out to touch a strange white patch in a pond a hand slides up and takes hold . . .