Under Buckingham Palace
The old lift creaked downward, and when it reached the bottom floor of her block of flats, to Suzie's horror, it didn't stop ... but went on going down and down and down ...
Suzie finds herself in the sewer tunnels under London, and in this strange subterranean world a group of creatures are expecting her.
They are the Sludge-Gulpers, and they've kept their existence a secret from Humans for centuries.
But now, treacherous things are going on under Buckingham Palace. The terrible Queen Greenmould (so snobbish that she takes her own bath using the real Queen's bathwater as it is flushed down) is scheming to take over the complete sewer-system; and, even worse, to start interfering Up Above.
And Suzie is needed to help save the Sludge-Gulpers from the foul sewer Queen, the evil Slime-Grubbers, and the ferocious army of rats.
A wonderfully horrible, fast-flowing and witty tale to delight readers from 9 to 90.
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‘The sewers of London have their own society, mirroring the one above; there’s a Gutter Press, a Royal Family, and a parliament of squelchy creatures. But Queen Greenmould is turning into a dictator, so the underground Prime Minister, Harold Foot-Web, turns to Suzie Stanmore, a young girl who lives with her mother in a tower block. She has just the qualities to lead a fight against despotism. An enjoyable fantasy, with serious facts: for confident readers’. (Independent on Sunday
When her memoir “Me Jane” comes out it will be Jane’s 18th published book. Novels for children, works on ceramics, knitting, social history, the role of women in the Second World War; they’ve been coming out regularly since the first, ‘A Stitch in Time’, helped to launch a revival of interest in hand-knitting in 1972.
And if that wasn’t enough, she has studied painting and sculpture, glass-blowing and ceramics (producing work described by the Arts Editor of the International Herald Tribune as “among the greatest creations of twentieth century pottery”). Now, in her little cottage on the Chequers Estate, she divides her time between writing and drawing, having just finished a memoir of her childhood while working on a final draft of her 5th novel for children, in which two competing groups of Weather Makers (including Hebrides the Witch, German Bight and the strangely indecisive Fitzroy/Finisterre) battle to take control over the world’s weather.