Released on 16 January 2014.

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The Borribles

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A small band of childlike runaways take on a bold mission across a dangerous city...

London's forgotten corners hide a rebellious community of small outcasts - the Borribles. And apart from their pointed ears, their childlike appearance allows them (mostly...) to say one step ahead of the authorities. They live by their wits, high spirits and a few Borrible laws -- the chief one being, 'Don't Get Caught!' This motto will stand them in good stead, as the Battersea Borribles prepare for their greatest adventure of all.

One night, they discover one of their ancient enemies, a giant rat-like Rumble, in their traditional territory. They've fought hard for their dwellings in the city's forgotten corners, so clearly something must be done. Fearing an invasion, an elite group of Borrible fighters set out on what will become known in legend as the Great Rumble Hunt. So begins the first of three epic adventures in Michael de Larrabeiti's classic trilogy, where excitement, violence, low cunning, greed, generosity, treachery, and bravery exist side by side.

This ebook edition features extra material, including some not seen in any previous editions of the book. For example, you'll find China Miéville's introduction and an illustration drawn by Michael de Larrabeiti, as well as a map of the London territories explored. Amongst other pieces of interesting background, you'll also discover colourful descriptions of the wonderful cast of characters.

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Battersea's answer to Watership Down, The Lord of the Rings and
The Guns of Navarone . . . It is a tale of low cunning and dubious
morality . . . here is an epic with an eyeful of smut - what the Trojan
Wars were really like. Try the Borribles, warts and all, before they
become a legend

Times Educational Supplement
A strong and vivid fantasy, much recommended

The adventures of The Hobbit and the rabbits of Watership Down
are more than once called to mind . . . and de Larrabeiti has brought
something of these mythologies to the street markets and the backalleys
of South London and the thronged waterways of the Thames

The Times