Heap House : The Iremonger Trilogy : Book One
A new fantasy trilogy that blends fine literary fare with a terrific romp through the reimagined outskirts of Victorian-era London
The extensive Iremonger family of Filching ("kings of mildew, moguls of mould") has made a fortune from junk, building a dark and sprawling mansion from salvage scrap. Heap House is surrounded by the dangerous, noxious, shifting Heaps that stretch beyond its bounds, while within its walls, certain objects begin to display strange signs of life.
Young Clod Iremonger is on the cusp of being "trousered" and betrothed (unhappily) to his cousin Pinalippy when he meets the plucky orphan servant Lucy Pennant, with whose help he begins to uncover the dark secrets of his family's empire. Mystery, romance and the perils of the Heaps await!
Gorgeously and ghoulishly illustrated by the author, the novel is peopled with unforgettable characters-anxious, animal-loving Tummis with his pet seagull, menacing cousin Moorcus, dreadful Aunt Rosamud and more. As Carey writes, "Every life is thick with rubbish, but the Iremongers did it with a difference . . ."