Edward Carey’s FOULSHAM, the second book in his popular Iremonger Trilogy, was published in paperback yesterday in the UK by Hot Key Books and will be published for the first time in the US next Tuesday, 7 July, by Overlook Press.
Overlook published Clod’s previous adventure, HEAP HOUSE, in July 2014, and the book was a roaring success stateside, with The New York Times pronouncing it Notable Book of 2014 and Book Review Editor’s choice, calling it ‘spectacularly weird’. HEAP HOUSE was selected in Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2014 and chosen by Kirkus as one of the Best Teen Books of 2014. Kirkus Reviews called it ‘a gothic tale in turns witty, sweet, thoughtful and thrilling — but always off-kilter — and penned with gorgeous, loopy prose.’
In the UK, HEAP HOUSE was recommended on the Book Trust Christmas Gifts for Children List 2013 and described as ‘astonishing and inventive’ by The Sunday Times who also listed it as one of the Best Children’s Books of 2013. Edward’s FOULSHAM continues to uphold the Iremonger’s darkly thrilling reputation, with Kirkus calling it ‘a story wondrous fine, full of terrors and marvels.’
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 more animal than human, Binadit Iremonger. Lucy is desperate and determined to find Clod. But unbeknownst to her, Clod has become a golden sovereign and is 'lost’. He is being passed as currency from hand to hand all around Foulsham, and yet 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.
The dramatic final instalment of the trilogy, LUNGDON, will be simultaneously published by Overlook in the US, Hot Key in the UK and HarperCollins Canada in November 2015. The Iremongers have already made their appearance in France, Italy, China, Russia and Brazilian, Bulgarian, Czech and Japanese rights are also sold.
Edward Carey is a novelist, visual artist and playwright. His debut novel OBSERVATORY MANSIONS is sold in 14 countries and was described by John Fowles as 'proving the potential brilliance of the novel form'. Artwork by this prodigiously talented author features in all his books. See more on his website here.
Praise for Edward Carey
‘Edward Carey is a writer whose books confound and amaze me. …He’s brilliant and precocious and spectacularly imaginative.’ – Katharine Weber, The Readerville Journal
‘The inventions of Edward Carey are constantly astonishing…’ – Livres Hebdo
‘There’s no denying Carey’s ingenuity. His is a voice both fresh and familiar: a writer who will continue to impress himself on our landscape.’ – Review of Contemporary Fiction