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Issue 278 Book Club

April 28, 2017

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The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge

by Philip Ardagh

Illustrated by Jamie Littler

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John Drawbridge has moved to Widemoat Castle to learn to become a knight. And there is a lot to learn. How to charge with a lance on horseback without falling off. Why the spiral staircases always go up in a clockwise direction. How to defend the castle against invading parties. Why the plates served at banquets are made of stale bread (and why you should never eat them…). And much, much more. So it’s no wonder that John decides to keep a diary (even if it is only an imaginary one…) of his time at the castle. Things really liven up when the castle is attacked by an invading Welsh party – but can John foil their plot before it’s too late…?

 

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Roald Dahl Funny Prize winning author Philip Ardagh is the author of The Grunts. He is probably best known for his Grubtown Tales, but he is author of over 100 books. He is a ‘regular irregular’ reviewer of children’s books for The Guardian, and is currently developing a series for television. Philip Ardagh is two metres tall with a ridiculously big, bushy beard and size sixteen feet, making him an instantly recognisable figure at literary festivals around the world.

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Jamie is an illustrator who graduated from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth in 2008. When not trying to tame his un-naturally fast growing hair or having staring matches with next door’s cat he likes drawing, colouring in, cutting things out and sticking things in. Jamie’s books include Hamish and the Worldstoppers which was the bestselling children’s debut of 2015 and a Wilf the Mighty Worrier, shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud Book Awards.