All London’s trash is banished to a wasteland knows at the Heaps. We are in 1875, and Clod is an Iremonger living in the Heaps with his family. The Iremongers are a mean and cruel family, robust and hardworking, cut off and inter-marrying for generations. They have developed their versions of English names: Each baby is assigned a birth object, a toast rack, a hot water tap, witch he or she must always keep. But Clod has an illness. He can hear the objects whispering. When a birth item gets lost, Clod is summoned to find it. Along the way, he meets a girl, Lucy Pennant, and together they will discover the truth about his mysterious family, and their dark secrets.
Heap House is an astonishing novel for children and also for adult. Edward Carey, who teaches fairy tales at the University of Texas, knows how to keep the narrative moving, the writing interesting with quirky characters who appeal to adults as well as children.
Heap House – Iremonger Trilogy. Book one – Edward Carey
Published 2013 – Overlook Juvenile