Two metres of entertainment

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Philip Ardagh Terrible Times (Faber, October, &#163;7.99, 0571209521)</p><p>
Two years ago, Philip Ardagh branched out from an established career writing children's non-fiction to produce Awful End, the first story in a trilogy about hapless Victorian boy Eddie Dickens and his eccentric family. Ardagh's surreal comedy proved a big hit, and the book, as well as its sequel, were bestsellers. This autumn sees the third Eddie Dickens volume, Terrible Times. The Fall of Fergal, the first volume in another Ardagh fiction series, will also be out in paperback this autumn. </p><p>
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