'Andy Mulligan's first foray into children's fiction is a blast of fresh air. Ribblestrop is dangerous, high-octane fun of the highest order: an outrageous delight'- the Guardian.
'If I had my time again I would without hesitation send my children to Ribblestrop'- Salley Vickers, author.
Ribblestrop is a boarding school like no other. It has roofless dormitories, distracted teachers a lethally dangerous underground labyrinth- no wonder the school motto is 'Life is Dangerous!'
Ribblestrop's visionary headmaster is out of his depth even before the pupils arrive- and when they do- what a bunch! There's Sanchez, a Colombian gangster's son hiding from kidnappers; Millie; an excluded arsonist and self-confessed wild child; Caspar, thel landlady's spoiled grandson; the helpful but hapless Sam and his best friend Ruskin, plus a handful of orphans from overseas, who are just happy to have beds- even if they are located in a roofless part of the building.
This higgledy muddled up school, located in a burnt out mansion, also has a variety of bizarre residents, ranging from an evil grandmother to the devout monks who tend the gardens. With a host of zany individuals on Ribblestrop's staff it is perhaps not surprising that this institution quickly becomes the centre of comedic chaos!
Anything could happen- and anything does.
Andy Mulligan was brought up in the south of London. He worked as a theatre director for ten years before travels in Asia prompted him to retrain as a teacher. He has taught English and drama in India, Brazil, the Philippines and the UK. He now divides his time between London and Manila. Ribblestrop is his first book.
Simon and Schuster Australia
Author: Andy Mulligan