Statesman Selects August 2015: FOULSHAM


BookPeople is proud to partner with the Austin American-Statesman for their monthly Statesman Selects program. Each month, BookPeople will highlight the Statesman‘s top recommended read for Austin. August’s pick is Foulsham: Iremonger Book Two by Edward Carey. Come down to the store Thursday, August 27 at 7PM when Carey will from the book here at BookPeople. Pick up a copy of the Statesman on Sunday, August 23 to read their review of Foulsham.


Foulsham: Iremonger Book Two by Edward Carey


“The middle volume of the Iremonger trilogy escalates in both suspense and strangeness. A story wondrous fine, full of terrors and marvels.” –Kirkus starred review

First, there was Heap House.


Set in the center of a vast sea of London’s discarded and lost items known as The Heaps, Clod the Iremonger lives in Heap House, a maze of homes, castles, mysteries and scurrying rats. The Iremongers are a mean yet robust and hardworking family. Clod, however, has an illness: He hears the objects whispering—and the whispers are growing louder. The secrets upholding Heap House are unraveling and dark truth is set to destroy Clod’s world.

Now, there is Foulsham.


As eccentric outcasts now managing the city’s rubbish, the Iremongers protect themselves with a secret ability to transform people into talismanic objects—and vice versa. When Clod defies him family, they transform him into a gold coin, and his love, Lucy Pennant, becomes a clay button that’s soon tossed into a garbage heap. As Clod is passed from hand to hand, he eventually lands on the filthy Foulsham street corner. Both he and Lucy are forced to discover who they are on the inside. Are they objects? Iremongers? Friends? Heroes?

Praise for Heap House:

A 2014 New York Times Notable Book

A Kirkus “Best Teen Book of 2014”

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Pick

A Publishers Weekly Indie Pick: Big Books from Small Presses

“Heap House the first in a trilogy set in Victorian England is a witty, fantastical, sometimes terrifying world, like the best kind of fairy tales. And like many fairy tales, it s suitable for children as well as adults.” –Austin American-Statesman

“How do I even begin to talk about this exceptional, astonishing book? Reading Heap House I was reminded of Edward Gorey, Lemony Snicket, and Roald Dahl; it’s a grimy world with a sepia glow, a Victoriana of malicious clutter. It’s an intelligent, thoughtful, compassionate book. It’s also gorgeously written. Heap House is, its heart of trash notwithstanding, an absolute treasure.” -Amal El-Motar, NPR

“Whimsically gothic.”-Los Angeles Times


d4f2468acd96cc47a97730d152f52d81_400x400Edward Carey was born during a snowstorm in Norfolk, England. Like his father and grandfather, he attended a nautical college before studying drama at Hull University. He’s written plays for the National Theatre of Raomania, Vilnius Small State Theatre in Lithuania, and in England they’ve been performed at the Royal Opera House Studio. He has even collaborated on a shadow puppet production of Macbeth in Malaysia. Carey is the author of the novels Observatory Mansions and Alva and Irva: the Twins Who Saved a City, both of which he illustrated. He has taught creative writing and fairy tales on numerous occasions at the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa, and the Michener Center and the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He has lived in England, France, Romania, Lithuania, Germany, Ireland, and Denmark.  He currently lives in Austin, Texas, which is not near the sea.

Don’t you just love an author with an awesome website? Edward Carey’s is exceptional. Some highlights:

An interactive Heap House.

An explorable Foulsham.

And a…birth object generator?



See you there next Thursday, August 27 at 7PM!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s