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Biography

Philip Ardagh is a prolific writer of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction. He was born in 1961 and worked in advertising and in the library service, before becoming a writer.

His novels for adults include The Not-So-Very-Nice Goings-On at Victoria Lodge (2004); The Silly Side of Sherlock Homes (2005) and The Scandalous Life of the Lawless Sisters (2008).

His first book for children was High in the Clouds, written with Paul McCartney. He is well-known for his 'Unlikely Exploits' Series comprising of: The Fall of Fergal (2002); Heir of Mystery (2003); and The Rise of the House of McNally (2004), also made into a serial for BBC Radio 4. A further trilogy of children's novels, 'The Eddie Dickens series', is set in Victorian England and written originally as letters to his nephew, the series comprising of: Awful End (2000); Dreadful Acts (2002); and Terrible Times (2002) followed by a 'Further Adventures of Eddie Dickens' series. This was followed by the 'Grubtown Tales' series, one of which, Trick Hens and Rubber Chickens (2010), was the winner of the Roald Dahll Funny Book Prize. There are also several books in 'The Grunts' series, illustrated by Axel Scheffler and following the escapades of Mr and Mrs Grunt "who are neither clean nor clever" and their "their adopted – in fact, abducted – son, Sunny" (http://nosycrow.com/product/the-grunts-in-trouble/). 

Philip Ardagh has also written a number of non-fiction books for children. These include various series including the 'Myths and Legends' series, which includes books of African, Ancient Egyptian, Celtic and Chinese myths; the 'Get a Life!' series (1999-2002) - biographies of famous people of history, including Henry VIII, Queen Victoria and Oliver Cromwell ; the 'WOW!' series (2000); and the 'Henry's House' series.

He is also the author of Philip Ardagh's Book of Absolutely Useless Lists for Absolutely Every Day of the Year (2007); Philip Ardagh's Book of Kings, Queens, Emperors and Rotten Wart-Nosed Commoners (2011) and Philip Ardagh's Bood of Howlers, Blunders and Random Mistakery (2009).

Philip Ardagh is a reviewer of children's books for The Guardian and he wrote BBC Radio's first interactive radio drama - broadcast nightly and entitled Arthur Story and the Department of Historical Correction.

Bibliography

The Grunts on the Run
The Grunts in a Jam
The Grunts all at Sea
The Grunts in Trouble
When Bunnies Turn Bad
The Eddie Dickens Trilogy
Philip Ardagh's Book of Kings, Queens, Emperors and Rotten Wart-Nosed Commoners
Space
Your Body: Boogers and All
The Wrong End of the Day
Trick Eggs and Rubber Chickens
Splash, Crash and Loads of Cash
Knights and Castles
Busy Body
The Year that it Rained Cows
The Far From Great Escape
Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky
Philip Ardagh's Book of Howlers, Blunders and Random Mistakery
Bodies
Creepy-Crawlies
Dinosaurs
Egyptians
Illustrated With What Was to Hand
The Scandalous Life of the Lawless Sisters
The Red Dragons of Gressingham
Philip Ardagh's Book of Absolutely Useless Lists for Absolutely Every Day of the Year
Final Curtain
The Silly Side of Sherlock Holmes
Horrendous Habits
High in the Clouds
Not-So-Very-Nice-Goings-On at Victoria Lodge
The Rise of the House of McNally
Heir of Mystery
Dubious Deeds
Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots
Why are Castles Castle-Shaped?
The Archaeologist's Handbook
The Fall of Fergal
Terrible Times
The Green Men of Gressingham
Did Dinosaurs Snore?
Dreadful Acts
Marie Curie
Napoleon
Oliver Cromwell
Movies

Awards

2009
Roald Dahl Funny Prize (7-14 years)
2003
Luchs Prize (Germany)
2003
Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (Germany)