A hilarious fantastical romp from a talented debut author.
Bruno Pockley has a talent. A prodigious talent. But he's only just discovering its worth... When Bruno is sniffed out by a specially trained Trumpenhund as having world-class phartling potential, it's as if all his dreams have come true. Finally, his talent is being recognized! Then he and his classmates are taken to the court of the Knights Trumplar in the Kingdom of Phartesia, where they'll learn to play the ancient Phartlehorn for a performance of epic proportions. Starry-eyed, the children are determined to prove themselves to the magnificent Duke of Phartesia and his beguiling daughter. However, things are not always as they appear - and when Bruno and his friend Grace stumble upon the sickening truth about the Knights Trumplar, the wind is quite literally taken out of their sails.
After graduating from Oxford with a first-class degree in English, Megan Peel worked in advertising for ten years, where she was involved in a variety of projects that included an anti-knife-crime campaign for the Home Office, working alongside young people involved in gang violence. Megan has wanted to be a writer ever since she read Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes as a child, and after attending a children's writing course in 2008 she decided to quit her job to write full time. Megan lives in Yorkshire with her husband and two cats; this is her first novel.