Edward Carey’s acclaimed IREMONGER TRILOGY has been optioned for film by Brandish Productions.
‘Delightful, eccentric, heartfelt, surprising, philosophical’ – Eleanor Catton, author of THE LUMINARIES, and included in her Best Books of 2013 in The Guardian
Brandish Productions is a new company set up by established producers Charles Brand and Jago Lee. Charles executive produces a wide range of film, drama, comedy and factual programming. Previous projects include the BAFTA award winning 'Billy Elliot', BAFTA nominated drama series ‘Births Marriages and Deaths' (BBC2), acclaimed BBC documentary series ’The Monastery’, and comedies 'Stella Street' and 'Bill Hicks: Revelations' (Channel 4/HBO). Jago is the creative director of Antenna Pictures, having held posts including managing director and co-founder of NERD TV, head of documentaries at Tiger Aspect, and head of development at Optomen Television. Past credits include ‘The Lion Cub From Harrods’ (Channel 5/ Animal Planet), ‘Inside The Gangsters Code’ (Discovery), ‘The 12 Year Old Lifer’ (A&E/Channel 4), and ‘Find My First Love’ (FYI/ MTV UK).
The novels follow young Clod Iremonger, and servant girl, Lucy Pennant as they unravel the mysteries and misdoings of the family’s patriarch, Umbitt Iremonger. When Lucy is cast out into ‘the Heaps’ – the undulating mass of collected rubbish that makes the Iremongers their wealth – Clod must follow, and together they must work to stop a diabolical plan to take Westminster by force and allow the dastardly Iremongers to reign supreme. Complete with Carey’s vivid pencil drawings of the family and their Gothic, fantastical, alternate Victorian London (exhibited in Italy in 2016 in collaboration with his Italian publisher, Bompiani), the novels lend themselves beautifully to screen adaptation. The series has won much acclaim, and is published in 11 languages across 14 territories.
Praise for the trilogy:
A New York Times Notable Children’s Book of 2014; Selected in Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2014; Selected by Kirkus as one of the Best Teen Books of 2014; On tor.com’s Best Books of 2014 – Reviewer’s Choice; Selected as one of Newsday’s Top Ten Children’s books 2014; Recommended on the Booktrust Christmas Gifts for Children List 2013; Listed by The Sunday Times as one of the Top Children’s Books of 2013; New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
‘If this were music, Carey would be Eric Satie. If it were film, he would be Tim Burton.’ - Newsday
‘An exceptional, astonishing book… gorgeously written… HEAP HOUSE is, its heart of trash notwithstanding, an absolute treasure’ –NPR Books
‘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
‘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
‘Spectacularly weird’ – New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice
‘Splendidly deranged imagination and deliciously peculiar prose…Beyond the gripping adventure and creepy illustrations, the premise demands consideration of the tendency of raw capitalism to make people and things both interchangeable and disposable. A story wondrous fine, full of terrors and marvels.’ Kirkus Starred Review