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The Beast and the Bethany

Written by Jack Meggitt-Phillips

Illustrated by Isabelle Follath

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The Beast and the Bethany Review

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Horror & Ghost Stories Humorous

Gleefully gruesome from first bite to last

It’s difficult to know who is the most beastly in this story. Is it Bethany, bullying her fellow orphans and vandalising precious works of art? Is it Ebeneezer Tweezer, willing to swap anything, even his much-loved cat Lord Tibbles, for everlasting youth? Or is it the Beast in the attic – huge, greedy, always hungry and totally without scruples? One thing’s for sure, when the three of them come together, the result is shockingly good! With the Beast demanding a child-sized meal and Ebeneezer suddenly feeling his age, things aren’t looking good for Bethany, but don’t write her off just yet, there’s room for all sorts of new friendships and lots of surprises! Witty, original, a feast from start to finish this is irresistible reading.


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Major film deal announced with Warner Brothers and Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts producer, David Heyman.

The Beast and the Bethany Synopsis

Ebenezer Tweezer is a youthful 511-year-old. He keeps a beast in the attic of his mansion, who he feeds all manner of things (including performing monkeys, his pet cat and the occasional cactus) and in return the beast vomits out presents for Ebenezer, as well as potions which keep him young and beautiful. But the beast grows ever greedier, and soon only a nice, juicy child will do. So when Ebenezer encounters orphan Bethany, it seems like (everlasting) life will go on as normal. But Bethany is not your average orphan ... 

The Beast and the Bethany has all the classic macabre humour of Roald Dahl with the warmth and charm of Despicable Me, finished off with a gleeful bite of Little Shop of Horrors! This book should be on every little monster's birthday and Christmas list.

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The Beast and the Bethany Press Reviews

Reads like a modern classic. Sharp, funny, original - I thought this was brilliant', Sam Copeland, author of the bestselling Charlie Changes into a Chicken

'What a FEAST! A funny and (bone) cracking good read', Michelle Harrison, bestselling author of A Pinch of Magic

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ISBN: 9781405298889
Publication date: 01/10/2020
Publisher: Farshore an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781405298889
Publication date: 1st October 2020
Author: Jack Meggitt-Phillips
Illustrator: Isabelle Follath
Publisher: Farshore an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical, Horror & Ghost Stories, Humorous

About Jack Meggitt-Phillips

Jack Meggitt-Phillips is an incredibly exciting new talent. He is an author, scriptwriter and playwright whose work has been performed at The Roundhouse and featured on Radio 4. He is scriptwriter and presenter of The History of Advertising podcast. In his mind, Jack is an enormously talented ballroom dancer, however his enthusiasm far surpasses his actual talent. Jack lives in north London where he spends most of his time drinking peculiar teas and reading PG Wodehouse novels.  Photo credit - David Myers

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