The Awful Tale of Agatha Bilke by Sian Pattenden

The Awful Tale of Agatha Bilke

Written by Sian Pattenden

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Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2007.

This is a hair-raising story of the truly terrible Agatha Bilke, a girl who seems to be just plain bad! Agatha is mean and selfish and dangerous. More than anything else in the world, she loves setting fire to things. In despair, Agatha’s parents send her to the TreadQuietly Clinic for Interesting Children and, even there, Agatha is in a league of destruction that’s all her own. Agatha’s chaos-creation is wholly compulsive and, a terrible warning to all.

Make sure you check out the other books in the fantastic Agatha Bilke series, Operation Ward Ten and Paris Match.


The Awful Tale of Agatha Bilke by Sian Pattenden

This is the story of an awful girl called Agatha Bilke. To help her with her, um, problem, Agatha is sent to the TreadQuietly Clinic, with a group of other troubled children, for therapy sessions with the well meaning but baffled (so far as Agatha is concerned anyway) Humphrey doctors.


About the Author

Sian Pattenden

Siân Pattenden is an illustrator, author and journalist who lives in London.

She has written for publications such as Smash Hits, NME, The Face, the Guardian, Independent and many more. She is also the author of How to Make it in the Music Business (Virgin Books). She has appeared on national radio and TV as a so-called pop pundit.

Earlier in her life, as a child, she did some acting (see ‘other stuff’) and wrote a play which went to Edinburgh called Steven Newman Doesn’t Eat Quiche. At 16, she was the fringe’s youngest playwright ever. That was in the ’80s.

She has just illustrated the playing cards for “Unhappy Families” by Portobello Games (see Portfolio for examples), as featured in the Daily Telegraph and London Evening Standard.

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140 pages


Sian Pattenden
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Short Books Ltd

Publication date

13th April 2006




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