Max the talking Tonkinese cat goes on a solo mission when he is snatched and dragged back into the past by an evil magician. Torn away from all he holds dear, the despondent cat fears he may never be able to return to the present and his beloved owner, Jemima. Will he make it back or will he be condemned to remain forever in a distant time and place, far from home?


In their fifth trip into the past, the intrepid time-travellers arrive in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii in the year 79AD, where they try to warn the inhabitants of the imminent danger of Mount Vesuvius, but will they manage to escape before the volcano erupts?

In their third journey back in time, the young time-travellers confront the horrors of the Trojan War where the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece play games with people's lives, and Max is forced to perform a heroic deed which almost ends in disaster.

In the second adventure in the series, and still in pursuit of the twins' missing parents, the time-travelling children and their lovable talking cat find themselves in ancient Crete where they must face the fearsome Minotaur in its labyrinth.

In the first book of the Shadows from the Past, 10-year-old twins Joe and Jemima Lancelot embark upon a remarkable quest to find their missing parents, which takes them back in time to the mythical city of Atlantis, accompanied by best friend Charlie and their unique talking Tonkinese cat Max.

Ancient Cultures

Discover the heroes behind the myths & legends of the ancient world.

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