When eleven-year-old Brian Pankhurst has to stay with his grandparents, he’s not exactly enthusiastic. He barely knows them, after all, and they’re a little strange. They’re stranger than he realises, in fact. Very soon after he arrives at their ancient house, Brian starts to feel that something isn’t right. Why has someone sent his granddad a completely blank letter? Why don’t people who go in to the local bookshop ever seem to come out again? What does his granddad mean when he says Brian’s father wasn’t really an accountant? Then Brian wakes in the middle of the night and finds he’s going to have to adjust to three things very quickly: magic is real, monsters are real, and he and his family are in terrible danger…
Targeted Age Group:: 9 Years and upwards
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I always wanted to write the book that I wanted to read when I was a boy, growing up. A book with adventure, mystery and lots of monsters!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Many of the characters are based on people I know or various individuals that I’ve seen on television whilst their names are taken from old radio shows such as ‘The Goon Show’, ‘Round The Horne’ and ‘The Clitheroe Kid’.
The first time Brian ever met his grandparents was at a funeral. It was a burial for a relative whom he had never heard of before. A rather well to do chap, by all accounts, called Bertie Snodgrass. He had been killed one evening when the house he was living in had suddenly taken upon itself to blow up. Apparently, the explosion had been enormous. Not only did it create a rather unsightly ten-foot deep crater that his posh London neighbours complained to the local council about long after his death, but the blast had also been so great that it had sent some of the bricks that had previously formed Bertie’s front living room wall into the back garden of another house at least four streets away, injuring a cat. The investigators from the gas company claimed that the cause of the explosion had been a faulty pipe.
The second occasion on which Brian had met his grandparents was at another funeral a few years later, this time for his Uncle Meredith. A somewhat tall and bearded man, he too had passed away in rather unfortunate circumstances. You see, Uncle Meredith had been the chairman of quite a prestigious golf club called ‘The Last Fairway’. It was the sort of golf club that you couldn’t just apply to join. No, you actually had to be invited to become a member, and you were only ever asked to become a member if you had quite a lot of money. Anyway, the weather on this particular August afternoon was downright awful. Yet the rumbling clouds and the howling wind and constant pouring rain did not affect Uncle Meredith’s round of golf. In fact, if anything, it actually seemed to help. But as he walked up to take his final putt on the eighteenth green and win the tournament to the cheers of the few onlookers who were cowering bravely under their umbrellas, a huge and brilliant flash of lightning struck Uncle Meredith slap, bang, on top of his head. And in a blink of an eye he had gone. Nothing of him was left. Uncle Meredith had entirely combusted. The only proof that he had been standing there, on the putting green, just seconds earlier was an abandoned golf club lying next to a smouldering pair of scorched shoes.
In ten years Brian had met his grandparents only twice, at two funerals. The third time he met them was when he went to live with them.
P.J. Taylor is 43 years old and currently lives in London, England. ‘Brian, His Granddad & the Cup of Ages’ is his first novel and, its sequel, ‘Brian, the Alchemist & the Silver Dragon’ will be published in the summer of 2014. He enjoys reading, writing and watching Dr Who!
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