The Sackville Street Caper

The Sackville Street Caper

Molly Malone and Bram Stoker

Written by Alan Nolan, Cover illustration by Shane Cluskey

Eleven year old Bram Stoker, future author of Dracula, escapes school to 1850s Dublin City seeking adventure. There he meets Molly Malone, accomplished sneak thief and part time fishmonger. Together they must thwart the evil Count Vladimir who plans to steal the Irish Crown Jewels from Dublin Castle.

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Paperback: 224 pages
Size:196x130 mm
ISBN: 9781788493185

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Category: Fiction

Dublin, 1858

BRAM STOKER: boy seeking adventure (and things to write about)

MOLLY MALONE: part-time fishmonger and full-time sneak thief!

When Bram runs away from boarding school and meets streetwise Molly, he finds all the excitement he’s ever wanted. Together they explore the city, with its Sackville Street Spooks, hoodlums and heroes – and let’s not forget the very creepy Count Vladimir Grof-Constantin de Lugosi.

As Bram looks for inspiration for the famous book he has yet to write
– DRACULA – our two heroes stumble upon a dastardly plot to steal …
the Irish Crown Jewels!

Let the game of cat and mouse begin

Alan Nolan

ALAN NOLAN grew up in Windy Arbour, Dublin and now lives in Bray, Co. Wicklow with his wife and three children. Alan is the author and illustrator of Fintan’s Fifteen, Conor’s Caveman and the Sam Hannigan series, and is the illustrator of Animal Crackers: Fantastic Facts About Your Favourite Animals, written by Sarah Webb. Alan runs illustration and writing workshops for children, and you may see him lugging his drawing board and pencils around your school or local library.

what a terrific read … such fun

Sarah Webb

evokes Victorian Dublin for young readers with gothic glee. Starring a young Bram Stoker as he seeks adventure on the city streets, Nolan takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to influence that will delight the informed reader. More importantly, he has crafted a rollicking story that any young adventure-loving reader will warm to…From the clever chapter titles to the infinitely interesting characters (including the lovable Billy the Pan), Nolan has married attention to detail with a dollop of cinematic fun. The Sackville Street Caper is the perfect page-turner for the midterm break

Irish Times

The future author of Dracula has run away from boarding school and looking for adventure, as inspiration for the book he is yet to write. He finds adventure almost immediately when he falls victim to a gang of pickpockets straight out of Oliver Twist but Bram, smelling of fish guts and rotten cockles after falling into a fishmonger’s pit while chasing the robbers, is then given shelter by Molly in a shack on Mud Island. She was a fishmonger - and sure ‘twas no wonder - but Molly is also one of the Sackville Street Spooks, who “glide like ghosts” through the crowds of Dublin’s wealthy, picking a pocket or two in order to survive. Spookier than the Spooks, though, is the chillingly-titled Count Vladimir Grof-Constantin de Lugosi, who is also haunting the streets of Dublin’s fair city … Bram and Molly are on the case in a madcap escapade in which real-life people and places pop up among the fictional action from the fertile imagination of Wicklow-based author Alan Nolan

The Echo

With Halloween just around this corner, this satirically humoured novel is a lovely little amuse-bouche for the spooky season. Recommended for ages nine and up

Irish Examiner

Gothic Dublin and one of its literary heroes, Bram Stoker, are brought to life in Alan Nolan’s latest children’s novel The Sackville Street Caper. Here we meet the writer as a schoolboy on the mitch from his boarding school in Howth. Heading into Dublin city centre for adventure, he treads a path through historic Dublin sites … Nolan’s book is playfully plucky in the way it draws a line backwards from Stoker’s literary hits, which peaked with the publication of Dracula in 1897, to this speculative childhood adventure. What it does most successfully, however, is bring Stoker’s life and work to the attention of an audience unfamiliar with his oeuvre

Business Post

Brilliant characters, puns and wordplay galore, rotten fish, nappies, ghosts — this cracking book has it all

Irish Independent

highly recommend

Caroline Busher on Ireland AM, Virgin TV

a laugh-out-loud tale with a cast of characters you will love. A funny, fast-paced adventure

Kathleen Macadam, Halfway Up the Stairs in the Sunday Times Ireland

when Bram Stoker runs away from boarding school and meets streetwise Molly Malone, he finds all the excitement he’s ever wanted! Together they explore Dublin city, with its Sackville Street Spooks, hoodlums and heroes

Dublin City Libraries

I savoured this rolicking and original caper by @AlNolan. It's packed with quirky characters, great banter and high jinks. I miss Molly Malone, now it's over! Can't recommend this enough, for all ages

Ellen Ryan

teams an 11-year-old Bram Stoker with Molly Malone as they foil a wicked plan to steal Dublin Castle’s crown jewels

Westmeath Examiner

If you’re looking for an exciting Irish book for a child this Christmas, I can’t say enough good things about this by @AlNolan. A girl Molly Malone meets a boy Bram Stoker and they become amateur sleuths together in Victorian era Dublin. Original and hilarious 

Paul Howard

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Also by Alan Nolan:

Fintan's Fifteen
Six Million Ways to Die
Destination: Homicide!
And The Blood Flowed Green
Sam Hannigan's Woof Week
Let's Colour Ireland!

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