LUNGDON by Edward Carey will be published by Hot Key Books on 11 August 2016. LUNGDON is the gloriously ghastly climax to Carey’s gothic IREMONGER TRILOGY. The first book of the trilogy, HEAP HOUSE, was a Kirkus Reviews ‘Best Teen Book of 2014’ and a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice.

The Iremongers are a sinister family dynasty who have made a fortune from a city’s junk. Now they are at large in London, the ruins of Foulsham left burning behind them. They need a new home and they intend to find one. Londoners are beginning to notice bizarre happenings in their city – loved ones disappearing, strange objects appearing and a creeping darkness that seems to swallow up the daylight. The Police have summoned help, but is their cure more deadly than the feared Iremongers? What role will our hero Clod play: returning son or rebel? What of the flame-haired orphan Lucy Pennant? And where are all the rats coming from…?

The Iremonger trilogy is published in thirteen countries. Edward Carey has recently visited the Auckland Festival in New Zealand and toured Italy to talk about his acclaimed trilogy. In Italy he has also had exhibitions of the Iremonger characters and at the Milanesiana Festival he was awarded the Fernanda Pivano Prize, previously won by Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Cunningham, and Michael Chabon, among others.  See some images here.

Praise for Edward Carey and the IREMONGER TRILOGY

‘If this were music, Carey would be Eric Satie. If it were film, he would be Tim Burton.’ – Newsday

‘Edward Carey is one of the strangest writers we are privileged to have in this country. There are echoes in his work of other great idiosyncratics from Angela Carter to Russell Hoban, but he supersedes even them in the downright oddity of his mind.’ – Observer

‘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.

‘Channels Dickens crossed with Lemony Snicket... a Gothic tale in turns witty, sweet, thoughtful and thrilling—but always off-kilter—and penned with gorgeous, loopy prose. Suspense and horror gradually accumulate into an avalanche of a climax… magnificently creepy.’ —Kirkus Reviews.

More Iremonger Accolades
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’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

About Edward Carey

Edward is a novelist, visual artist and playwright. His debut novel OBSERVATORY MANSIONS (with his illustrations) is sold in 14 countries and was described by John Fowles as 'proving the potential brilliance of the novel form'. Born in England, he teaches at the University of Austin, Texas.

Find out more about Edward through Blake Friedmann or on Edward’s website.

Read an excerpt of LUNGDON.

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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