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Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps

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Pen and ink illustration by Juile Verhoven of a crow embossed with silver eye against a grey castle
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With both his parents killed in mysterious circumstances, young Crispin de Quincy de Faversham Clumps inherits the dark and dank Raddlesham Mumps. Crispin is the latest in his long family line to own the dilapidated old house. Ancient Kenilworth, the butler, recounts for Crispin the tale of his luckless predecessors. But as nights draws in, Crispin will learn the truth of his ill-fated line.

Ghosts, Faeries and Witches are brought to life by the atmospheric artwork of Julie Verhoeven with 54 original illustrations. Young and Verhoeven’s gothic collaboration outlines the frightening perils of inheritance.

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‘A wonderfully witty, ghostly and entertaining read, made all the better for Julie Verhoeven’s haunting illustrations.’

- The Idler magazine

‘ a fearsome but funny, perfectly metrical gothic tale of dynasty, death, revenge and hope…Fantastic word play, lots of gruesome, lovely morals.’  

–Michael Rosen

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Murray Lachlan Young


Julie Verhoven

about the author
Murray Lachlan Young is a poet, stand-up performer, broadcaster, playwright, screenwriter and children’s author. He came to prominence during the Brit-Pop era of the mid-1990s, when he became the only poet to sign a contract worth £1M.
about the artist
Julie Verhoven is an illustrator and designer who has collaborated with brands such as Louis Vuitton, Versace and Peter Jensen. While she is recognised primarily for her work in fashion, she has also contributed illustrations to books, magazines and album covers.
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