Award-winning author Philip Murdstone is in trouble. His star has waned. The world is leaving him behind. His agent the beautiful and ruthless Minerva Cinch convinces him that his only hope is to write a sword-and-sorcery blockbuster. Unfortunately Philip – allergic to the faintest trace of Tolkien – is utterly unsuited to the task. In a dark hour a dwarfish stranger comes to his rescue. But the deal he makes with Pocket Wellfair turns out to have Faustian consequences. The Murdstone Trilogy is a richly black comedy from an author described by one American critic as the best writer you’ve probably never heard of.