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Press Release: Deals Done
Edward Carey's Iremonger Trilogy To Hot Key

Posted at 2:54PM Wednesday 10 Oct 2012

Edward Carey, author of OBSERVATORY MANSIONS and ALVA & IRVA, is moving into the YA/crossover arena, with the IREMONGER TRILOGY, sold to Hot Key in a three-book deal for UK & BC rights (excluding Canada). The three titles – HEAP HOUSE, FILCHING, and LUNGDON – are set in Filching, an imaginary borough of Victorian London. Here the extensive Iremonger family ('kings of mildew, moguls of mould') have made a fortune from junk, building a dark and sprawling mansion from salvage scrap. Young Clod Iremonger meets plucky orphan servant Lucy Pennant, and with her help begins to explore the perils of the noxious, shifting Heaps, and to uncover the dark secrets of his family's empire.

Editorial director Sara O'Connor, who acquired the titles for Hot Key, says: "THE IREMONGER TRILOGY is a stunning, dark world full of striking characters and so much heart. We loved it on first sight."

Edward Carey says: "I am so happy that Hot Key with all its passion and brilliance are taking on the Iremongers, it's absolutely the perfect home for them. I can't wait."

"Hot Key's offer came in with such vigour and imagination, an excellent match for Edward's marvellous work," says Isobel Dixon of Blake Friedmann. "I'm thrilled that Sara O'Connor, Sarah Odedina and the whole Hot Key team fell in love with Clod & Lucy as they did. It's the agency's first deal with Hot Key, and I look forward to seeing their innovative and energetic publishing in action in bringing Edward Carey's writing to a new array of fans."

Hot Key plan to release the first title in the trilogy, HEAP HOUSE, in hardback in September 2013.

In Italy, Edward Carey's long-term publisher Elisabetta Sgarbi of Bompiani has acquired Italian rights to all three titles of THE IREMONGER TRILOGY as well. Other markets are on offer.

For all further rights queries contact:

Isobel Dixon:

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