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Bea Davenport is the writing name of journalist Barbara Henderson. A print, TV and radio journalist for many years, her work has often inspired her writing. Bea’s first adult crime/suspense novel, In Too Deep, was published Legend Press in 2013, and her second book with them, This Little Piggy, was published in October 2014.

The Serpent House is a time-travelling fantastical adventure aimed at boys and girls aged 9 – 12 years.

She lives in just outside Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland (which whilst technically in England is very much on the Scottish Borders) with her journalist husband, their three children and a very naughty black and white rescue cat. Other than books her big passions in life are wine and travel. Bea has been a school governor for years and has strong views on recent education and curriculum approaches.


Twelve-year-old Annie is invited to Hexer Hall to work as a servant for the mysterious Lady Hexer. Carvings of snakes are everywhere and when Annie touches one, she travels back in time to when the Hall was a leper hospital, run by a sinister doctor with a collection of terrifying serpents.

Annie never wants to return, but Lady Hexer demands she finds a way to steal the doctor’s book of magical cures. She promises it will rid the world of disease, including tuberculosis, which killed Annie’s mother.

Summoning all her courage, Annie travels back in time again…

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