Edward Carey’s Heap House: Victorian London’s Most Unusual Mountain of Trash

Edward Carey is indeed a local-to-Austin author, but his new young adult series, The Iremonger Trilogy, couldn’t have fewer breakfast tacos or intense moments of Texas sun. Indeed, Carey’s Heap House, the first book in the trilogy, is blanketed in the delicious gray gloom of his native England, taking his readers to an unusual trash heap in London to his hero, the sickly Clod Iremonger, pictured above, and his most unusual, ever-shifting family house. Carey’s cadre of lovably horrendous Iremongers (Iremonger being the actual surname of a distant set of Carey’s family in England), their magic and their assorted cruelties, assist young Clod on his series of adventures, which involve hearing objects whisper, and falling in love.

Apt comparisons will be drawn to Charles Dickens, Lemony Snicket, and Edward Gorey. Fans of creepy and macabre literature will be drawn to Carey’s illustrations, and fans of brave and whimsical literature will love his wordplay and his fantastical world.

 

A magical quote from the magical short story writer Kelly Link: “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”

And if you have a moment, check out Carey’s website, which includes a lavish interactive illustration of the inner workings and various chambers of the Heap House.

It is truly a treat to have Edward Carey among our favorite local authors. Kids and adults alike will want to know where he lives so on Halloween they can knock on his door and get a talking doorknob or a cracked glass bottle of vinegar tossed into their trick-or-treat bag.

 

Edward Carey will speak about and sign Heap House here at BookPeople on Wednesday, October 29. The speaking portion of the event is free and open to the public.

Can’t make it to the event? You can pre-order signed copies of Heap House via bookpeople.com. We ship worldwide.  

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