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The Borribles: The Borrible Trilogy: Book One [Kindle Edition]

Michael De Larrabeiti
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This is the first book in a rebellious adventure trilogy for readers of all ages, set in a shadowy, alternate London. This edition features extra material, such as a heartfelt introduction by author China Miéville, who says 'the Borribles were, and are, my heroes'.

In this stirring tale, a small band of childlike runaways take on a bold mission across a dangerous city. London's forgotten corners hide a rebellious community of small outcasts - the Borribles. And apart from their pointed ears, their childlike appearance allows them (mostly . . .) to say one step ahead of the authorities. They live by their wits, high spirits and a few Borrible laws -- the chief one being, 'Don't Get Caught!' This motto will stand them in good stead, as the Battersea Borribles prepare for their greatest adventure of all.

One night, they discover one of their ancient enemies, a giant rat-like Rumble, in their traditional territory. They've fought hard for their dwellings in the city's forgotten corners, so clearly something must be done. Fearing an invasion, an elite group of Borrible fighters set out on what will become known in legend as the Great Rumble Hunt. So begins the first of three epic adventures in Michael de Larrabeiti's classic trilogy, where excitement, violence, low cunning, greed, generosity, treachery, and bravery exist side by side.

This ebook edition features extra material, including some not seen in any previous editions of the book. For example, you'll find China Miéville's introduction and an illustration drawn by Michael de Larrabeiti, as well as a map of the London territories explored. Amongst other pieces of interesting background, you'll also discover colourful descriptions of the wonderful cast of characters.


‘Michael de Larrabeiti’s stunning trilogy, put simply, comprises three of my very, very favourite books ever . . . May they mean as much to you as they do to me ’ China Miéville

‘The adventures of The Hobbit and the rabbits of Watership Down are more than once called to mind . . . and de Larrabeiti has brought something of these mythologies to the street markets and the back alleys of South London and the thronged waterways of the Thames itself’ The Times

‘Battersea’s answer to Watership Down, The Lord of the Rings and The Guns of Navarone . . . It is a tale of low cunning and dubious morality . . . here is an epic with an eyeful of smut – what the Trojan Wars were really like. Try the Borribles, warts and all, before they become a legend’ Times Educational Supplement

‘A strong and vivid fantasy, much recommended’ Observer

‘With considerable ingenuity and finesse, de Larrabeiti has projected a grim, violent futureworld . . . he presents an alien culture with its own folkways, legends and taboos . . . The Borribles won’t win friends among the starry-eyed or squeamish, all the same they are the offspring of a singular imagination’ New York Times

‘It is a great fantasy and honestly one of the best books I have read this year’ Daily Mirror

‘Violent, noisy, funny, anti-adult and, despite all the fighting, thieving and swearing, really very moral’ Sunday Times

‘It’s stuff as strong as Fagin’s underworld. Dickens would have approved of this book’ Evening Standard

‘This juvenile Clockwork Orange projects a gripping story through slam-bang action’ Los Angeles Times

‘An exceedingly well-told adventure. The journey up the Thames and the noxious Wandle is epic’ The Economist

‘A funny, moving, poetic fantasy . . . Not to be missed’ Time Out

‘No one can deny that de Larrabeiti has written a modern epic. It’s a brilliant invention’ Publishers Weekly

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 984 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,504 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unrecognised children's classic 16 Jan. 2014
By Paul Lynch VINE VOICE
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I am delighted to see the first of the Borrible books now available as an ebook. If I remember correctly, I first read this volume not long after it was published, in the seventies, and have keenly followed them, buying the original paperbacks and then, only a few years ago, the single volume of the trilogy.

There's not much to say, apart from "read it!". I can remember the excitement of my first reading, having discovered something quite different from standard children's fare; it was something very special.

One thing: if you have ever seen a children's TV series from the early seventies called "The Wombles" (or read the book, by Elizabeth Beresford): well, you have a treat in store. Borribles are the anti-wombles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! 8 Feb. 2014
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Somehow, this modern classic managed to fall between the cracks and out of print. I'm very pleased to see it back again; giving people second-hand copies was starting to get prohibitively expensive!

I'd recommend this book (and the second and third volumes of the trilogy, the quality doesn't dip) to anybody who instinctively sympathises with people who find themselves on the receiving end of "authority". Them Borribles outwit Plod by the skin of their unbrushed teeth until [____ ____ ____ __ ___ ____ and ____ ____ even _______].

I was over 30 the first time I read it. I wish I'd've been 12. It would've turned my world upside-down and inside-out. In a good way.

Recommended for the very coolest 11-year-olds who are destined to dismiss Catcher in the Rye as "full of ____" at 13 and suck their teeth at 6th Form English teachers who've never even heard of "A Confederacy of Dunces" and who dismiss Kurt Vonnegut as "that science fiction writer".

We know literature when we read it. It's this.

I quite like it. Harry who? Lyra what?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read 27 Jan. 2014
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I love this book and it is probably the best book I have ever read. I wish this could be made into a film.
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... and it's aged well!

This book changed my perspective on story telling when I was younger and returning to it some twenty years later it remains a fine adventure.
Essential reading for anybody young reader (and us nostalgic adults) tired of formulaic un challenging writing.

Some of the slang is a bit outdated etc. now for sure, but really it just adds to the overall Borrible.

A fine read.
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Just couldn't get into this.

I bought it because China wrote an article (and the introduction) saying how this book had affected his writing.

I found the whole thing dated and dispiriting. Couldn't finish and wouldn't recommend
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