‘Weird, yes, Spectacularly so.”

The extraordinary Pseudonymous Bosch reviewed Heap House in

 

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For full review:

‪http://nyti.ms/1FhK54G

 

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U.S. pre publication reviews roundup


from the Overlook Press blog:

Early Praise for Edward Carey’s HEAP HOUSE

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Edward Carey’s HEAP HOUSE, Book One in the Iremonger Triology, has been selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the “Big Indie Sleepers of Fall 2014.”
Heap House will be published on October 16, and has already received widespread praise. 
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“Set in 1875, Carey’s delightful variation on Mervyn Peake’s classic Gormenghast books features young Clod Iremonger, sickly scion of an eccentric family that has grown rich off of the trash heaps of London. Heap House itself is a mad conglomeration of building fragments attached willy-nilly to the original mansion located amid dangerous, ever-shifting Heaps. Full of strange magic, sly humor, and odd, melancholy characters, this trilogy opener, peppered with portraits illustrated by Carey in a style reminiscent of Peake’s own, should appeal to ambitious readers seeking richly imagined and more-than-a-little-sinister fantasy.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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“What an astonishing book this is! A novel for children so good, so peculiar, so magical that it bears comparison to classics like The Hobbit or The Wolves of Willoughby Chase,The Golden Compass or the Green Knowe books. That is to say, adults should read it too, in order to be given the uncanny, wrenching sensation of visiting a new and strange place — and finding a home there.”  —Kelly Link, award-winning author of Magic for Beginners
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“The first in a deliciously macabre trilogy . . . channels Dickens crossed with Lemony Snicket. . . . a Gothic tale in turns witty, sweet, thoughtful and thrilling—but always off-kilter—andpenned with gorgeous, loopy prose. Suspense and horror gradually accumulate into an avalanche of a climax, leading to the most precipitous of cliffhangers… Magnificently creepy.”  —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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Heap House is delightful, eccentric, heartfelt, surprising, philosophical, everything that an novel for children should be.” —Eleanor Catton, winner of the Man Booker Prize for The Luminaries
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Heap House torques and tempers our memories of Dickensian London int 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, best-selling author ofWicked

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The Metamorphosis Project at the Menier Gallery in London

I’m really delighted to be a part of this exhibition in London, sorry not to have been able to attend. It’ll be in Oxford too later in the year.

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Remembering the old Foyles Bookstore

Today I’m on Foyles’ blog talking about how Foyles used to be in the days of Christina Foyle.

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How it was (a very, very strange place):

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And how it is now (extremely pleasant):

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‪http://www.foyles.co.uk/Public/Biblio/Detail.aspx?blogId=1282 …

 

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Philip Ardagh, his beard, some birth objects and Edinburgh.

At Edinburgh the very great Philip Ardagh introduced me and quizzed me about Heap House and Foulsham. Philip was incredibly generous and supportive, he is the most wonderful fellow, with a very fine beard. I love his books too, especially the Eddie Dickens Trilogy.

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I brought some birth objects with me to give away, each recipient having to promise to look after for ever.

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HEARING THE VOICE AT THE INTERNATIONAL EDINBURGH BOOK FESTIVAL

At the Edinburgh Book Festival I was on a panel with the brilliant writers Nathan Filer and Matthew Quick. Their two extraordinary novels, Nathan’s THE SHOCK OF THE FALL and Matthew’s THE GOOD LUCK OF RIGHT NOW deal very directly with voices in the head. It was an enormous privilege hearing them talk and being sat next to them, and getting a chance to talk a little about Clod Iremonger.

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Here’s some more on the project, via the Guardian

Researchers from Durham University’s Hearing the Voice project will be at the festival asking both readers and writers what their experiences are. There will also be interviews, panel discussions and workshops delving into what is still a little-talked-about subject.

The project’s director, Charles Fernyhough, said: “It is usually considered a troubling symptom of a severe mental illness but is more and more being recognised as something that happens to a lot of people and there are a lot of different contexts.”

 

Contributors to the project, ranging from novelists to medical researchers, will blog about what hearing voices means to them throughout the festival. To take part in the study, fill in the questionnaire on the Inner Voices website

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Clod Ireomonger at Waterstones Piccadilly

The extremely kind people at Waterstones Piccadilly have let me graffiti their shop. There are (or will be) two Clods inside. This one I drew for them one coffee-filled morning.

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And this one who will up in their gallery sometime soon.

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MR B’S EMPORIUM OF READING DELIGHTS in Bath

Last year when HEAP HOUSE  was published in UK the fantastic bookshop Mr B’s were incredibly generous and had an Iremonger window display, this year with the release of FOULSHAM they’ve shown the same extraordinary support. I can’t believe how kind they’ve been. Thank you so much Emma and everyone at Mr B’s.

 

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Inheritance Books BBC Radio 4

 

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When I was back in England a couple of weeks ago I recorded a program with BBC Radio 4 called Inheritance Books. I talked about Alan Garner’s dark masterpiece THE WEIRDSTONE OF BRISINGAMEN which I was obsessed/terrified/inspired by as a child, and also the brilliant translation by Tiina Nunnally of Hans Christian Andersen’s FAIRY TALES, which finally allows Andersen’s wonderfully strange voice to come through clearly and includes some extraordinary tales I did not know before including the unnerving THE SHADOW and his final tale AUNTIE TOOTHACHE.

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A PUBLIC SPACE

I’m so thrilled to be in issue 21 of A PUBLIC SPACE

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Inside it I’m talking about a book I can’t quite seem to get right but will go back to soon. It’s set in Paris at the end of Enlightenment, through the French Revolution and into the Terror. The central character is a diminutive female called Anne Marie Grosholtz, who grew up to become Madame Tussaud. A Public Space let me publish various sketches (and a large wooden doll) I’ve made for the book over the years I’ve been working on it.

 

 

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