Awful End Paperback – Illustrated, 4 Sep 2003
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Age range: 8-11
When Eddie's parents are struck down by a strange disease that turns them a rather peculiar shade of yellow, it is decided that he should go and stay with Mad Uncle Jack and Even-Madder Aunt Maud at Awful End.
Philip Ardagh's supremely daft and extremely funny novel is set in a terribly smelly 19th century world that children will love. Ardagh captures the stench and stealth of the times, turning what could have been a straightforward adventure story into a delightfully pungent, utterly ridiculous but unbelievably gripping adventure story.--Susan Harrison
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AWFUL END press coverage
AWFUL END has received rave reviews. Here are a few extracts:
"A delicious slice of the ridiculous. A real find." Tara Stephenson, THE BOOKSELLER
"With a wildly funny imagination that positively fizzes, Ardagh piles on the laughs. This is completely barking and I love it." Alison Davison, BIRMINGHAM POST
"Like Roddy Doyle, Philip Ardagh plays with narrative to hilarious effect." Jennifer Taylor, THE CHILDREN'S BOOKSELLER
"Stimulating, original and exceptionally funny." Heaher Walmsley, SCHOOLSNET
"The author's breezy interjections and the characters' endearing habits make it a delightful and entertaining read." TIME OUT
"Eccentric, anarchic and engagingly written, this is a guaranteed winner." Lindsey Fraser, GUARDIANSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
His advice from his Mother - don't get mistaken for a run-away orphan and get taken back to the orphanage seems silly at the time, but it doesn't when it actually happens.
I got this book twice at Christmas, as it was recommended so much.
I think that this book is for people of around my age (11-12).
It was a quick read, but a very enjoyable, and funny one. After having read this book, I now want to read the next one.
I think that it was a little bit over-rated, but still scored 8/10.
True, it's only 130ish pages long, and I read it in one sitting - but it's the kind of explosion of wit that demands re-reading. The characters are all completely mad and you accept it going in, and Ardagh's narrative voice, slightly reminiscent of Lemony Snicket, is weirdly informative but never patronising (which is where he differs from Snicket; he's better!).
It's a work of genius or a mess of lunacy, depending on your disposition, but it's undeniably hilarious either way. VERY highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I struggled to read this, and found it a difficult text to engage the children with.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a laugh out loud read. Enjoyable for kids and adults. The adventure of Eddie Dickens are so funny you will snatch the next two up just to learn what happened to Mad... Read morePublished on 6 May 2004
I thought the title says it all, it was an awful end, and the middle and beginning were not that good either. Read morePublished on 10 July 2002
Awful End is an amusing read, but like far too much of current children's fiction it doesn't lead anywhere. Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2002