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Philip Ridley - Author

About the Author

Philip was born in the East End of London where he still lives and works. He studied painting at St Martin's School of Art and has exhibited widely throughout Europe. As a novelist his credits include Crocodilia (1988), In The Eyes Of Mr. Fury (Penguin, 1989), Flamingoes In Orbit (Hamish Hamilton, 1990) and three novels for children; Mercedes Ice (Collins, 1989), Dakota Of The White Flats (Collins, 1989) and Krindlekrax (Jonathan Cape, 1991) which won the Smarties Prize for Children's Fiction and won the W.H. Smith Mind-Boggling Book Award, a new award judged by children.


 

Featured books by Philip Ridley

Moonfleece

Moonfleece

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Author: Philip Ridley Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2010

Moonfleece is an intense and thrilling exploration of memory and identity, and is the most directly political play to date by leading playwright Philip Ridley. Set in an abandoned council flat, Moonfleece centres on a young, right-wing activist forced to reassess his personal and political beliefs.

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Other books by Philip Ridley

Krindlekrax

Krindlekrax

Author: Philip Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

A very funny school story with weird and wonderful characters by the award-winning author, Philip Ridley. Ruskin Splinter is small and thin, with knock-knees, thick glasses and a squeaky voice, and the idea of him taming a dragon makes the whole class laugh. Big, strong Elvis is stupid but he looks like a hero. So who is more likely to get the big part in the school play? But when the mysterious beast, Krindlekrax, threatens Lizard Street and everyone who lives there, it is Ruskin who saves the day and proves he is the stuff that heros are made of after all.

Zip's Apollo

Zip's Apollo

Author: Philip Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2005

Zip Jingle has lived most of his life in the forest with his family. So his recent move with his mum and little brother to Yet To Be Named Street in New Town, where even the trees and grass are plastic, is a shock. The magic has gone out of their lives and none of them know how to get it back. Until one day, Zip and his baby brother Newt bring home a shopping trolley from the supermarket and Apollo', as Newt names the trolley, starts to communicate with them Through Apollo, Zip and his family learn to see the magic in life again and come to terms with the loss that has affected them all.

Krindlekrax

Krindlekrax

Author: Philip Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/06/2002

Ruskin Splinter dreams of being a great actor but the school bully, Elvis Cave, gets the part instead. Ruskin seeks solace with the kindly school caretaker who tells him the story of long ago when Ruskin's father 'borrowed' a crocodile from the zoo where he worked and then lost it. The crocodile - Krindlekrax - lives deep in the sewers where the school caretaker used to work and, against all the odds, and, against all the kindly townspeople who try to tell him he can't do it, Ruskin saves the town from Krindlekrax and becomes the hero after all.

Mighty Fizz Chilla

Mighty Fizz Chilla

Author: Philip Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2002

Milo Kick is no longer Mum's little 'angel'. Five months ago something happened - something only Milo knows - that changed him into a 'monster'. Unable to cope, Mum sends him to stay with Cressida Bell, an old family friend, who lives by the sea. Gradually, Milo becomes obsessed with stories about wild Captain Jellicoe who lives in a nearby cave and who, in turn, has his own story to tell. It is a story that will change Milo's life forever. It is the story of Mighty Fizz Chilla.

Krindlekrax

Krindlekrax

Author: Philip Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2001

Ruskin Splinter is small and thin, with knock-knees, thick glasses and a squeaky voice, and the idea of him taming a dragon makes the whole class laugh. Big, strong Elvis is stupid but he looks like a hero. So who is more likely to get the big part in the school play? But when the mysterious beast, Krindlekrax, threatens Lizard Street and everyone who lives there, it is Ruskin who saves the day and proves he is the stuff that heros are made of after all.

Vinegar Street

Vinegar Street

Author: Philip Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/12/1999

ZinderZunder

ZinderZunder

Author: Philip Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/1998

Max receives a flyer telling him to call ZinderZunder. Max's mum has has little time for Max and his tap-dancing. He contacts ZinderZunder who offers him a wish. Max asks for everyone to admire his dancing. Suddenly everyone is crazy to see him dance, but he is not allowed to stop.

Scribbleboy

Scribbleboy

Author: Philip Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/1997

Bailey arrives in a new neighbourhood with his extraordinary family. He has no friends but receives a mysterious invitation to join the Scribbleboy Fan Club. The one and only founder member is Ziggy Fuzz. His vital mission is to spread the word about Scribbleboy and his amazing scribbles which years ago transformed the gloomy grey concrete of the neighbourhood. Swept along in plans to discover the identity of the mythical artist, Bailey carries on his work so the scribbles start again and eventually he discovers the scribbleboy is in fact a scribblegirl!

Dakota of the White Flats

Dakota of the White Flats

Author: Philip Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/04/1996

When Dakota Pink decides to find out the truth about Medusa's baby monster it is the beginning of a quest that will lead Dakota and her best friend, Treacle, away from the White Flats to Dog Island and the Fortress. Will they manage to excape the mutant killer eels to discover what lies behind the barbed wire of the Fortress and who the mysterious Lassitter Peach is?

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