The Song of the Quarkbeast

The Song of the Quarkbeast

By (author) Jasper Fforde


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A long time ago Magic faded away, leaving behind only yo-yos, the extremely useful compass-pointing-to-North enchantment and the spell that keeps bicycles from falling over. Things are about to change. Magical power is on the rise and King Snodd IV of Hereford has realised that he who controls Magic controls almost anything. Only one person stands between Snodd and his plans for unimaginable power and riches. Meet Jennifer Strange, sixteen-year-old acting manager of Kazam, the employment agency for sorcerers and soothsayers. She may only have one functioning Wizard and her faithful assistant 'Tiger' Prawns to help her. But one thing is certain: she will not relinquish the noble powers of Magic to big business and commerce without a fight.

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 141 x 198 x 22mm | 224g
  • 30 Aug 2012
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London
  • One
  • 1444707256
  • 9781444707250
  • 30,361

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Jasper Fforde traded a varied career in the film industry for staring out of the window and chewing the end of a pencil. He lives and works in Wales and has a passion for aviation. Visit Jasper's website,, find him on Facebook,, and follow him on Twitter at

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'Highly recommended. Very funny' Independent on THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER '[Fforde's] ripping yarn of magic in decline mashes up the usual spells-and-beasts motif with a satire on corporate cash and tabloid values.' i on THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER 'This year's grown-up JK Rowling' Sunday Times 'True literary comic genius' Sunday Express

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