"Mandragora" written by David McRobbie.

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David McRobbie's Mandragora (Mammoth Australia) is another contemporary novel with links to a historic shipwreck, the sinking of the Dunarling. Adam and Catriona have found a cache of four small dolls made from mandrake roots. The dolls were left in the cave by two other teenagers, Jamie and Margaret, who had survived the wreck of the Dunarling. Transcribing a diary from that same voyage, Adam and Catriona learn the power of the cursed mandrake roots, power that destroyed the Dunarling in 1886 and that is resurfacing in the town of Dunarling today.

Chapter One. Here we are told of the trecherous journey of the 'Dunarling', it's crew and passangers.

Not much information is actually given here on the 'Dunarling' as
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In other cases, they were brought and sold for evil motives, probably to exact revenge for a real or imagined grievence. The plant itself was also used to concoct love potions or to make women fertile. The mandrake has been mentioned in the Bible and has appared in the works of Shakespeare and John Donne. Throughout the years, many superstitious beleifs grew up about the mandragora plant. Some people thought it was certain death to pull a mandrake root from the ground so a rope was teid to a dog and the unfortunate animal, on being chased, pulled out the root and died. Mandrakes were also supposed to utter a shriek when they were uprooted from the earth. These present examples were found in the recently discovered cave in which James Ramsay and Margaret Colquhoun, the 'Dunarling' survibors, sheltered after the drama of the shipwreck".

In town, there was a deliberately lit fire at the Dunarling museum. On the 'Dunarling' there was another deliberately lit fire, on Sunday 4th of April 1886.

In the Dunarling News, this story appeared;

'Arson Attempt Fails'

Late last night an attempt was made to set fire to Dunarling Museum. Mr John Morrison, a night shift baker on his way to work, discovered the fire in the alley between the railway station and the adjoining museum.

Mr Morrison raised the alarm and the fire brigade arrived soon after and managed to bring the blaze under control.

Mr Hamish Leckie, curator of the museum said that the damage

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