You won't find Grubtown on any maps. The last time any map-makers were sent anywhere near the place they were found a week later wearing nothing but pages from a telephone directory, and calling for their mothers. It's certainly a town and it's certainly grubby - except for the squeaky-clean parts - but everything else we know about the place comes from Beardy Ardagh, town resident and author or these tales. Grubtown is full of oddballs - from the singing Grumbly girls to a family of duck haters, and an out-sized major who's knitting a new house - but Manual Org is too repulsive even for them. Getting him to leave town is top priority, until the discovery of a humongous diamond changes everything.
Winner of Roald Dahl Funny Prize: The Funniest Book for Children Aged Seven to Fourteen 2009.
Philip 'Beardy' Ardagh is the award-winning author of the Eddie Dickens adventures, currently in over 30 languages. He wrote BBC radio's first truly interactive radio drama, collaborated with Sir Paul McCartney on his first children's book and is a 'regularly irregular' reviewer of children's books for the Guardian. Married with a son, he divides his time between Tunbridge Wells and Grubtown, where he cultivates his impressive beard.