Whilst flipping through issues of The Girl's Own Paper from the 1890s, it gradually dawned on Philip Ardagh that he was witnessing tantalising glimpses of a mystery story unfolding in the seemingly-unrelated illustrations. Using these originals and his brand-spanking-new text, he's created the quite extraordinary (and very funny) The Not-So-Very-Nice Goings-On at Victoria Lodge. Following in the grand tradition of E. V. Lucas and George Morrow's 1911 book What A Life! based on a (heavily doctored) Whiteley's store catalogue, and those caption competitions you used to find in the back of Punch, Victoria Lodge is destined to become an immediate family favourite in houses (and flats) across the nation.
Over two metres tall, with a bushy beard, Philip Ardagh is not only very hairy but has also written over sixty books for all ages. He is extremely versatile with many talents. Not only is he very knowledgeable about serious subjects but he also writes very funny books that make lots of people laugh.His best-selling Eddie Dickens trilogy started with Awful End, continued with Dreadful Acts and is soon to be topped off by Terrible Times. 'A cross between Dickens and Monty Python' (Guardian) is just one of the many plaudits this series of books has received. Unlikely Exploits is another series, the first one of which is called The Fall of Fergal with Heir of Mystery following that. He also writes expertly compiled and researched non-fiction, The Archaeologist's Handbook, Why Are Castles Castle-Shaped?, Did Dinosaurs Snore? and The Hieroglyphs Handbook.Currently living as a full-tim