The wait is over. FOULSHAM, the second book in Edward Carey’s much-praised IREMONGER trilogy, is out from Hot Key today in the UK. It is published in a beautiful hardback complete with illustrations by Edward himself.
Foulsham, London's great filth repository, is bursting at the seams. In the Iremonger family offices, Grandfather Umbitt Iremonger broods: in his misery and fury at the people of London, he has found a way of making everyday objects assume human shape, and turning real people into objects. Abandoned in the depths of the Heaps, Lucy Pennant has been rescued by a terrifying creature, Binadit Iremonger – more animal than human. She is desperate and determined to find Clod. But unbeknownst to her, Clod has become a golden sovereign, being passed as currency from hand to hand all around Foulsham. Everywhere people are searching for him, desperate to get hold of this dangerous Iremonger, who, it is believed, has the power to bring the mighty Umbitt down. But all around the city, things, everyday things, are twitching into life...
The Iremongers are taking over the Hot Key tumblr this week in celebration – visit to see illustrations by Edward Carey and more!
There will also be two chances for fans to catch Edward Carey at Edinburgh Book Festival this year. He will be talking about creating characters with Nathan Filer and Matthew Quick, and will also be doing a children’s event to tell young readers all about Clod.
Clod last appeared in HEAP HOUSE, published by Hot Key last summer. It was recommended on the Booktrust Christmas Gifts for Children List 2013 and listed by The Sunday Times as one of the Top Children’s Books of 2013. Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton called it ‘delightful, eccentric, heartfelt, surprising, philosophical’ and her ‘favourite novel for children published this year’. The paperback is currently available.
Rights to HEAP HOUSE have been sold in 9 territories. It was published by Harper Collins in Canada in March and recently selected by the Toronto Star in their round-up of summer reads for kids:
'For Gothic unease, try Edward Carey's IREMONGER Book 1: HEAP HOUSE a story of mildew and mould that despite its rubbish heap setting, sparkles with ghoulish interest and Gorey-esque drawings.' - Deidre Baker, The Toronto Star.
Overlook publish HEAP HOUSE in the US in October.
Novelist, visual artist and playwright Edward Carey is the author of two acclaimed novels, published in many countries around the world. OBSERVATORY MANSIONS was shortlisted for the Borders Discover New Writers Award and ALVA AND IRVA was longlisted for the 2005 IMPAC Literary Award. Both were accompanied by artworks by the author.
Praise for HEAP HOUSE:
‘Edward Carey's HEAP HOUSE-- delightful, eccentric, heartfelt, surprising, philosophical, everything that a novel for children should be.’ – Eleanor Catton, author of THE LUMINARIES
‘IREMONGER torques and tempers our memories of Dickensian London into a singularly jaunty and creepy tale of agreeable misfits. Read it by gas lamp, with a glass of absinthe at your wrist and a fireplace poker by your knee. ’ -- Gregory Maguire, author of WICKED
'I cannot recommend HEAP HOUSE by Edward Carey enough. The best book of its kind since GORMENGHAST (& more exciting)' – Gregory Norminton
‘Fabulously strange and in the tradition of Mervyn Peake... Astonishing and inventive, it calls out to be read.' – Sunday Times Best Children’s Books of 2013