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The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet
  

The Murdstone Trilogy

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Question: when does a fantasy novel not feel like a fantasy novel - Answer: when it’s ‘The Murdstone Trilogy’, that's when. Oh what wonderfully witty, quirky and clever writing is packed (sometimes squabbling and creating an enormous fuss) into this fabulous read. Philip Murdstone is convinced, against his somewhat pompous and refined better judgement, to write a fantasy trilogy, what follows is stuff of legend. Peet somehow manages to combine beautiful and tantalising writing with facetiousness and ridiculousness a plenty. Critics and admirers of fantasy both, will not laugh out loud, oh no, definitely not… this is more of a snort, smirk and snigger type of read, that has a definite swagger to it! ~ Liz Robinson


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. 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.
~ Paul Roland

Synopsis

The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet

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'.

Reviews

'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'


About the Author

Mal Peet

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 and betrayal. He has written three other linked novels, Keeper, The Penalty and Exposure all featuring the football obsessed Paul Faustino, a sports journalist in South America who is reluctantly drawn into murders and mysteries.

Exposure won the 2009 Guardian Award for Children’s Fiction. On his award win, Mal says, “I’m totally thrilled to win the Guardian prize. I’ve been buying the newspaper for 35 years, so I’ve worked for it! In fact, if you subtract the prize money from what I’ve spent at the newsagents, the Guardian is way ahead on the deal! I don’t mind – the Guardian prize is very special. It’s judged by other writers so it’s pretty likely that if you win it, you deserve it.”

Mal Peet died in March 2015.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th November 2014

Author

Mal Peet

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Author's Website

malpeet.com

Publisher

David Fickling Books

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

Horror - Fantasy - SF
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ISBN

9781910200155

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