Reader Reviewed Heap House The Iremonger Trilogy by Edward Carey

Heap House The Iremonger Trilogy

Written by Edward Carey
Part of the Iremonger Trilogy Series

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September 2013 Debut of the Month Fantasy and magical realism combine in this, the first in a superb gothic trilogy which will appeal to fans of Lemony Snicket - and future fans of the Gormenghast series. A boy called Clod with a special talent is born into a rather secretive, mean and cruel family in a place called The Heaps. When he meets a girl, the secrets and lies begin to unravel and the dark truth of the family threatens to destroy Clod.

Author Edward Carey brings his story to life with exquisite and ghoulish illustrations to complement his intricately created world which readers will be swept up by.

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Heap House a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'It's exciting and has a brilliant cliffhanger ending. This is an absolutely fantastic book and I'm itching to read the next in the trilogy.'

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Heap House The Iremonger Trilogy by Edward Carey

Clod is an Iremonger. He lives in the Heaps, a vast sea of lost and discarded items collected from all over London. At the centre is Heap House, a puzzle of houses, castles, homes and mysteries reclaimed from the city and built into a living maze of staircases and scurrying rats. The Iremongers are a mean and cruel family, robust and hardworking, but Clod has an illness. He can hear the objects whispering. His birth object, a universal bath plug, says 'James Henry', Cousin Tummis' tap is squeaking 'Hilary Evelyn Ward-Jackson' and something in the attic is shouting 'Robert Burrington' and it sounds angry. A storm is brewing over Heap House.

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Sam Harper, age 9 It's exciting and has a brilliant cliffhanger ending. This is an absolutely fantastic book and I'm itching to read the next in the trilogy. Click here to download the full review

Daisy Theobald,age 10 When Clod meets Lucy Pennant, a new girl from the city, everything changes. The secrets that keep Heap House together begin to unravel to reveal a dark truth that threatens to destroy Clod's world. Click here to download the full review

Ewan Young, age 10 Imagine if objects could talk - and then they start to move and make a monster! Click here to download the full review

Safiyah Afghan, age 15 Heap House is a lively, unusual book full of witty moments, interesting characters and a good plot. Readers will love Clod and adore Lucy and will thoroughly enjoy being whisked away on their adventures. Click here to download the full review

David Lunt, age 9 I really liked this book because it had good chapters and settings.The illustrations are a bit spooky. I would recommend this book to people my age or a bit older because it is quite long and complicated. Click here to download the full review


IREMONGER torques and tempers our memories of Dickensian London into 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, author of WICKED

About the Author

Edward Carey

Edward Carey is a playwright, novelist and illustrator. He has worked for the theatre in London, Lithuania and Romania and with a shadow puppet master in Malaysia. He has written two illustrated novels for adults, OBSERVATORY MANSIONS and ALVA & IRVA, both translated into many different languages. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he wrote the Iremonger Trilogy because he missed feeling cold and gloomy.

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5th September 2013




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