THE MURDSTONE TRILOGY

Mal Peet

“A genuinely funny comedy . . . with a Pratchettian mix of gusto and warmth. . . . An assured, even virtuoso performance.”

The Guardian (U.K.)

Award-winning YA 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.

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“A genuinely funny comedy . . . with a Pratchettian mix of gusto and warmth. . . . An assured, even virtuoso performance.”

The Guardian (U.K.)

Award-winning YA 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 dark comedy described by one U.K. reviewer as “totally insane in the best way possible.”

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  • Candlewick Press
  • Hardcover
  • September 2015
  • 320 Pages
  • 9780763681845

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About Mal Peet

Mal Peet (1947–2015) is the acclaimed author of the Carnegie Medal–winning novel Tamar as well as the Boston GlobeHorn Book Honor Book Life: An Exploded Diagram and three Paul Faustino novels: Keeper, The Penalty, and Exposure, a winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. He is also the co-author of Cloud Tea Monkeys, Mysterious Traveler, and Night Sky Dragons, all of which he wrote with his wife, Elspeth Graham.

Praise

Peet’s book is enormous fun, especially for those familiar with the literary conventions it skewers.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Read it whatever your age and find yourself laughing pretty well at every page – it really is that good.” —The Independent

“The Murdstone Trilogy is my favourite book of the year so far. Honestly, it is. It's absolutely, utterly hilarious. . . . It's original and snarky and subversive and truly hilarious but it's also got a wonderfully generous heart.” —The Bookbag

It has instantly become one of my favourite books- right up there with Terry Pratchett and The Princess Bride for fantasy comedy.—Eoin Colfer