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Joseph Delaney, dark fantasy author, has died

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British writer Joseph Delaney, author of science fiction and fantasy, best known for his “Spook’s” series, has died at the age of 77. The announcement of his disappearance was made today by his family through the BBC. Born in Preston on 25 July 1945 and lived in Manchester, former teacher, he published his first book in 2004, “The Magician’s Apprentice” (“The Spook’s Apprentice”; translated into Italian in the same year by Mondadori) and continued to write more than 25 children’s novels. “The Wizard’s Apprentice” (reprinted as “The Seventh Son” by Mondadori in 2015), is the opening title of the dark saga “The Wardstone Chronicles”, which follows the story of Thomas “Tom” Ward, the seventh son of a seventh son, John Gregory’s apprentice, a master in fighting supernatural beings. The second title, “The Spook’s Curse, 2005; appeared by Mondadori in 2007), became Sergej Vladimirovič Bodrov’s” The Seventh Child “(2014) starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes. The writer’s children, Joanne, Paul and Stephen, said in a statement that his “limitless” imagination allowed him to live out his dream of being an author. In an interview posted on his website, Delaney stated that he was “inspired by Tolkien and wanted to write like him”, but that he “failed miserably and lost count of the many times my manuscripts have been refused “. After the success of “The Spook’s Apprentice”, he quit his job as an English teacher and went on to write another 12 titles in the best-selling dark fantasy series “The Wardstone Chronicles”. He has written 17 other books set mostly in the same world. “The Starblade Chronicles” is a trilogy that follows the adventures of Tom Ward, who has completed his apprenticeship, and is now a wizard who fights the supernatural beings that threaten both the Shire and the world. won numerous awards including the Lancashire Book Award, have sold more than 4.5 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 30 languages. In his books he adapted the names of many places from his youthful life, turning Preston, Chipping and Lancaster into Prieston, Chipenden and Caster, and stated that the haunted house in which the central character of Tom Ward carried all his apprentices was based. on his childhood home.

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