Award-winning author Philip Murdstone is in trouble. His star has waned. The world is leaving him behind. His agent, the beautiful and ruthless Minerva Cinch, convinces him that his only hope is to write a sword-and-sorcery blockbuster. Unfortunately, Philip - allergic to the faintest trace of Tolkien - is utterly unsuited to the task. In a dark hour, a dwarfish stranger comes to his rescue. But the deal he makes with Pocket Wellfair turns out to have Faustian consequences. The Murdstone Trilogy is a richly black comedy from an author described by one American critic as 'the best writer you've probably never heard of'.
The fact that Peet’s first adult novel has the word ‘trilogy’ in the title should be ample warning that he is encroaching on Terry Pratchett’s territory, although in tone and setting it owes more to Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. But be warned, this blackly humorous tale of a Faustian pact between an author with writer’s block and a mysterious dwarf by the name of Pocket Wellfair will have you reaching for the dictionary before you are well into the first chapter. Which is a pretty good sign for a fantasy pastiche, as is the fact that our fictional anti-hero (that’s the writer, not the dwarf), expresses a disliking for Sword and Sorcery adventures from the start. Some wag called Peet ‘the best writer you’ve never heard of’, but judging from this thoroughly enjoyable yarn, I suspect that oversight will be rectified before too long.
'The Murdstone Trilogy has instantly become one of my favourite books - right up there with Terry Pratchett and The Princess Bride for fantasy comedy. The writing is sublime and the humour is lacerating. I loved every warped sentence.' - Eoin Colfer; 'I enjoyed this novel hugely. It had a fat, throbbing vein of dark hilarity running right through the middle, with skewered literary personages shrieking and wittering either side. It's a complete nutty fantasy, and yet there's enough weird truth in it to really worry any writer - oh, okay, any reader - who picks it up. If you've ever wondered what the heck writers do all day, The Murdstone Trilogy will give you a good idea - bwahaha - ' - Margo Lanagan'
Publication date: 06/11/2014
Publisher: David Fickling Books
|Publication date:||6th November 2014|
|Publisher:||David Fickling Books|
Mal Peet, winner of the Nestle Bronze Medal Award and the Branford Boase Award grew up in North Norfolk, and studied English and American Studies at the University of Warwick. Later he moved to south-west England and worked at a variety of jobs before turning full-time to writing and illustrating in the early 1990s. With his wife, Elspeth Graham, he has written and illustrated many educational picture books for young children, and his cartoons have appeared in a number of magazines. He and Elspeth live in Exmouth, Devon. Tamar won the Carnegie Medal and is a multi-layered tale of love ...More About Mal Peet