Edward Carey

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Edward Carey joins us this week on Writing On the Air. The novelist, playwright and visual artist will introduce Lungdon (The Overlook Press, 2016), the last installment of his Iremonger trilogy, which includes Heap House and Foulsham.

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Edward Carey

Edward Carey

Edward Carey is the author and illustrator of two novels for adults, Observatory Mansions and Alva and Irva, which have been translated into 14 languages. The Iremonger trilogy, (Heap House, Foulsham and Lungdon, published by The Overlook Press)  is his first work for young readers. He illustrated them, as well.

In 2014, Heap House was a New York Times Notable book, an NPR best book of the year and a Kirkus best Teen book. The trilogy has been compared to the classics The Hobbit, The Golden Compass, and The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.

Edward has taught creative writing and fairy tales at the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, the Michener Center and the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is an Associate Professor, and faculty of the graduate New Writers Project.

Born in England, Edward now lives in Austin, Texas, where he wrote the Iremonger trilogy because he missed feeling cold and gloomy.

Until our interview with him on Wednesday, check out these reviews:

‘Weird, yes. Spectacularly so.” –NYTimes           “Whimsically gothic.” –The Los Angeles Times  


“Full of strange magic, sly humor… richly imagined.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

Heap House torques and tempers our memories of Dickensian London in 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, best-selling author of Wicked

Crazy-wonderfulImagine if the Trash Heap from Fraggle Rock wrote Downtown Abbey, and you have the Iremonger clan… Wildly fun and weird….Bookriot

“… a deliciously macabre trilogy . . . a Gothic tale in turns witty, sweet, thoughtful and thrilling—but always off-kilter—and penned with gorgeous, loopy prose.… Magnificently creepy.”  Kirkus Reviews starred review



HEAP HOUSE —      The acclaimed first volume in the Iremonger Trilogy set in 1875 introduces young Clod Iremonger who lives with his eccentric family at their crumbling mansion, a vast sea of lost and discarded items collected from all over London. To be an Iremonger means you have a birth object you must keep with you at all times. Clod’s is a bath plug. Plucky orphan girl Lucy Pennant comes to serve the Iremongers at the mansion.

The objects in the house are showing signs of life. And Clod can hear the objects speak.




FOULSHAM —      Grandfather Umbit Iremonger has found a way to turn objects into people and people into objects. Clod, whom he sees as a threat, has been turned into a gold coin and is being passed as currency through the town. Meanwhile, Lucy Pennant has been discarded as a clay button, abandoned in the depths of the Heaps. will they be found and returned to human form?

Ordinary things are twitching to life and the reader is held in breathless suspension as questions of life an death, value and disposability, and the fate of Clod and Lucy rumble through this thrillingly dark and gloriously illustrated book.



LUNGTON —      The Iremongers are at large in London, the ruins of Foulsham left burning behind them. They need a new home and they intend to find one. Londoners are beginning to notice bizarre happenings in their city — loved ones disappearing, strange objects appearing and a creeping darkness that seems to swallow up the daylight. The police have summoned help, but is their cure more deadly than the feared Iremongers?

What role will Clod play — returning son or rebel? Heartbroken child or hero? And, where are all the rats coming from?



For more information, you may visit the author’s website.

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