Awful End by Philip Ardagh

Awful End

Written by Philip Ardagh

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Meet the family! Part One of the Eddie Dickens Trilogy, introduces Eddie’s new home – Awful End – where he is sent to live after the death of his parents from a disease which turns them yellow and make them smell like old hot water bottles.

At Awful End he finds Mad Uncle Jack and Even-Madder Aunt Maud and enjoys some unusual, unexpected and hilarious adventures.


Awful End by Philip Ardagh

When both of Eddie's parents catch a disease that makes them turn yellow and smell of hot-water bottles, it's agreed that he should go to stay with relatives at Awful End. Sadly for Eddie, those relatives are Mad Uncle Jack and Even-Madder Aunt Maud.

About the Author

Philip Ardagh

Philip Ardagh was our Guest Editor in May 2010. Click here to see the books that inspired him.

Philip Ardagh, whose very first Grubtown Tale won him the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, is author of numerous books including the award-winning Eddie Dickens adventures, which have been translated into over 30 languages.

He wrote BBC Radio’s first truly interactive radio drama, collaborated with Sir Paul McCartney on his first children’s book and is a ‘regularly irregular’ reviewer of children’s books for the Guardian. Married with a son, he divides his time between Tunbridge Wells and Grubtown, where he cultivates his impressive beard.

And if your children love Grubtown then do get them to go to

Drawing on the weird and wonderful characters and settings from the Grubtown books, features six distinct Grubtown locations – including the Daily Herald newspaper office, the Duckhouse/Museum and Smoky’s cinema. The site incorporates fun audio and video - what more could you ask for!

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144 pages
Interest Age: from 9 to 11


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Faber And Faber

Publication date

16th October 2000




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