The Eddie Dickens Trilogy
When both of Eddie Dickens’s parents catch a disease that makes them turn yellow, go a bit crinkly round the edges and smell of hot water bottles, it’s agreed he should go and stay with relatives at their house Awful End. Unfortunately for Eddie, those relatives are Mad Uncle Jack and Even-Madder Aunt Maud, and it doesn’t look as if the three of them are ever going to reach their destination …
Set in a 19th-century world of blotchy skin, runaway orphans, and a stuffed stoat called Malcolm, this wonderfully ridiculous adventure story was Philip Ardagh’s first full-length work of fiction and provides pure entertainment for children aged 8-80.
Eddie Dickens continues his hilarious adventures in the second book in this best-selling trilogy, hailed by the Guardian as ‘a scrumptious cross between Dickens and Monty Python’. Eddie Dickens narrowly avoids an explosion, a hot-air balloon and arrest, only to find himself falling head-over heels for a girl with a face like a camel’s, and into the hands of a murderous gang of escaped convicts who have ‘one little job for him to do’.
In this final book in the trilogy, Eddie had been given the task of travelling to America to look after his family’s interests there. But his life is never that simple; especially with a potential stowaway in his trunk, and Lady Constance Bustle at his side. She’s a professional ‘travelling companion’, whose previous employers seem to have died under the most remarkable and unfortunate circumstances . . .