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Publisher's Summary

The Iremongers are a mean and cruel family, robust and hardworking, living in the Heaps, a vast sea of lost and discarded items.

A storm is brewing over Heap House. The Iremongers are growing restless and the whispers are getting louder. When Clod meets Lucy, a girl newly arrived from the city, everything changes. The secrets that bind Heap House together begin to unravel to reveal a dark truth that threatens to destroy Clod's world.

©2013 Edward Carey (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Astonishing and inventive." ( Sunday Times)
"Delightful, eccentric, heartfelt, surprising, philosophical, everything that a novel for children should be." (Eleanor Catton)

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A great journey into a strange world.

I loved how you as an observer/reader seem to be learning at the same pace the characters figure out and learn their very odd circumstances. Meaning the heroes are just as clueless and lost as we are at every turn. Lots of rules that don’t make sense to the outsider. And being an insider does not look good either!

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very strange! for kids?

Well I didn't understand this book or its ending(?) If I was not the kind of person that has to finish what I start(in case it gets better) I would have returned it. That being said I wish I would have returned it. I have read and enjoyed Edward Carey just not this one.
However I did enjoy the narration.

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  • 05-16-22

brilliant

loved this book. so different from anything else. intriguing. I found myself caught up with the characters

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  • 04-10-22

Unique and fun

A brilliant, unusual book with splendid narration! I loved every moment of it - for reference, I'm a 31 year old female.

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  • 09-06-21

Incredible work

The book is definitely the sort of thing one will either love or hate; a very strange book, which feels like something which Tim Burton might have written, like a blend between Coraline and a Dicken’s novel. The worldbuilding is very interesting and the plot is surprisingly concerned with capitalism and class. What really makes this an enjoyable read/ listen though is the amazing work in this audiobook; the performers are both excellent and really bring the characters to life. I would say that this is the best performance I’ve ever heard in an audio book.