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Eleanor Updale
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24 Oct 2005 Montmorency
Fleeing across a roof on a dark night in Victorian London, a thief crashes through a skylight to almost certain death. But a young doctor reconstructs his shattered body, and unwittingly provides him with the key to a new existence. On his release from prison he begins to lead a double life, becoming both the respectable, wealthy Montmorency and his degenerate servant, Scarper. Meanwhile, the police are baffled by a wave of mysterious thefts...But Montmorency must be on his guard at every moment. The smallest mistake could reveal his secret and destroy both his lives.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Point; New edition edition (24 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439954789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439954785
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,049,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello, and welcome to my author page. I'm Eleanor Updale, and I've been writing books since the turn of the century. My books are suitable for anyone who can cope with a meaty story, and I have readers aged from 9 to 99 and beyond.

2014 is a big year for me. I have several books coming out. The New MONTMORENCY book, MONTMORENCY RETURNS will be available here very soon. It's the fifth book in the Montmorency series of historical novels, and to celebrate its arrival, the four other books have been released in a new edition, to match the new arrival. You can buy them only on Amazon, to download on Kindle, or as paperbacks. They have better paper, better print, and better covers than ever.
You don't have to read the books in the right order, but it's best if you do. Here's the list:
1. MONTMORENCY - Look for the top hat on the cover, on a purple background.
ISBN: 978-1482657661
2. MONTMORENCY ON THE ROCKS - Look for the Scottish island on the cover, on a red background. ISBN: 978-1482657609
3. MONTMORENCY AND THE ASSASSINS - Look for the X-ray on the cover, on a blue background.
ISBN: 978-1482657692
4. MONTMORENCY'S REVENGE - Look for the fire on the cover, on a gold background.
ISBN: 978-1482657623
5. MONTMORENCY RETURNS - Look for handwriting on the cover, on a green background.
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If the right edition doesn't come up straight away on Amazon, try entering the ISBN number, and the newest version should pop up.

Meanwhile, THE LAST MINUTE is coming out in paperback, there's a new book for the very young called ITCH SCRITCH SCRATCH (about head lice), and later this spring an new edition of SAVED.
There are also international editions of most of the books, including JOHNNY SWANSON, in languages varying from French, German and Spanish to Chinese and Japanese.

I have won several prizes on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Blue Peter Prize for The Book I Couldn't Put Down, the Silver Smarties Prize, and the Fantastic Book award. I have been long and shortlisted for many others, including the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Prize. You can read more about me at my website You can also find my blogs on The History Girls site: or at

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5.0 out of 5 stars Down in the sewer something stirs 13 Feb 2005
By I. P. Gearing VINE VOICE
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There seems to be a penchant for sewer-as-highway fiction at the moment, but no matter, this is absolutely one to read. I bought it for my eight year old as part of her read-a-million words project because I had seen it reviewed on the first edition of Blue Peter I had seen in years. It was roundly recommended by the jury of children, though I thought it might be a little old for someone of eight. So I thought I would read the first chapter, just to get a feel of it, and see if it would be within her capabilities. I read the whole book in one sitting, which I think qualifies it as a "Page Turner", and yes I think she could cope with it, though it would stretch her - no bad thing. Actually, I think I might just have to read it with her just to make sure she doesn't get stuck, but as she is about to undergo an operation I think I might leave it a while as I don't think she will take kindly to the doctor character!
Fast paced without too much detail, this is unusal enough to engage the imagination of a wide range of readers. I really must check out the sequel......
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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome read 17 Jun 2005
By A Customer
This is a page turner, both exciting and humourous the central character being more complex and interesting than would be expected of a children's book due to his two personalities. Although classed as a childrens book this book is definately as enjoyable at 17 as it was when i first read it at about 14. Despite his beginnings as a criminal you can't help but root for Montmorency and the vivid images of victorian life the book creates are facinating. The short chapters and pacy style make it a book that is hard to put down as you just "read the next chapter - oh and the next!!" I for one was delighted when i found there was another book in the series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual, superb book 30 Jun 2004
By John L
After I had read a chapter or two to my 9-year old, he asked whether the eponymous central character (certainly nothing like the stereotypical hero) was a child. We realised that unlike virtually all modern writing for children there is not a single child/teenager character in this book. And it doesn't matter at all. The snobbery, brutal inequality, filth and chaos of Victorian London is depicted in a way that remains fresh, yet the pace of the plot is never lost.
It's a perfect book to read to a child. Lots to talk about (the brutality of life in Wandsworth prison), not patronising (visits to La Traviata at the Opera House with the landlady and her daughter turning tricks outside or a foray into Balkan intrigue) - we were both sorry when we turned the final page.
Far more than a reworking of Jekyll and Hide, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Montmorency Review 6 Mar 2014
Montmorency (by Eleanor Updale) is a tale of a man brought back from the brink of death, who went out to do worse than the crime that landed him in prison. A story of a man who left jail with nothing and five years later has riches beyond his wildest dreams, while his motives are questionable his hart is in the right place (well most of the time anyway). Filled with intrigue, crime riches, scientific enquiry and noble friendship all set in the city of London. From back sewers to embassy’s from crime to national intrigue you just don’t know what’s going to happen next. With Montmorency all the way you won’t want to put it down till the very end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Montmorency 20 May 2010
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MontmorencyI bought this for my daughter, howver when I picked it up I could not put it down. Well written, just a very good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Involving 3 Mar 2004
This book is set in the Victorian times, and features an anonymous character who adopts the name of Montmorency.
The story starts with Montmorency in a very bad state, having fallen through some glass while committing a burglary and almost bleeding to death. Fortunately his life was saved by a surgeon with an interest in new procedures, and at the start of the story he is in prison, recovering but still at the mercy of the doctor, who is experimenting surgical techniques on him and then exhibiting him to fellow scientists.
At one of these conferences Montmorency is witness to a presentation on London's new sewer system, and the idea occurs to him that he could use the sewer system to escape to after burling posh houses and to travel about in under London. He spends the rest of his sentence planning how to do this, and upon his release he starts exploring the sewers.
Montmorency realises that two people will be needed for the plan to work - a peasant with the criminal connections able to blend in a commit the crimes, and an aristocrat with the posh connections to dispose of the goods and live the life of luxury he's been longing for. He decides to be both men - Skinner the thief, and Montmorency the gentleman.
This is a marvellous book. It takes a little while to hook the reader, but once it does the story rattles along at a fast pace. There are plenty of funny moments - particularly those involving Montmorency adjusting to life as a gentleman, but there's a good plot, and nearly all the characters are interesting. Montmorency is a brilliant central character, he's well-rounded and although he's a criminal it becomes apparent that he's no stereotype, but a good person. It's difficult to predict the ending, but by the end you'll be rooting for him to succeed.
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nice easy read with short chapters. perfect for parents who are regularly disturbed or some one needing an easy bedtime book.
Published 12 months ago by cecelia
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic - can I give it more stars??
I chose it based on a recommendation from Stephen Fry, and can see why he endorsed it. Brilliant "caper". I'm dying to read ahead but my son won't let me...
Published 13 months ago by C. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and researched Victorian story of mystery and a little...
: Montmorency begins a thief. He's in prison after a long run of not being caught, and then only got caught because he fell off a roof, or something like that. Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2011 by Nina (Death Books and Tea)
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome relief from Hogwarts
Take a trip into the back alleys and sewers of Victorian England with a common thief who comes up with a brilliant way of stealing from the aristocracy. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2009 by susie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start but weak finish
really good summer read. keeps up its pace almost throughout the book until the ending. I thought the end dragged and it lost its pace as well as my will to carry on reading it.
Published on 5 Sep 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book
Fantastically written, and wonderfully observational. I loved the characters of Montmorency and Scarper. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2008 by Living Goddess
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