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The New Empire of Malplaquet

By Andrew Dalton

The New Empire of Malplaquet

The New Empire of Malplaquet

By Andrew Dalton

The concluding part of the enchanting Malplaquet trilogy. The dangers facing Jamie's Lilliputian friends seem overwhelming, and their secrets are finally revealed in a surprising and uplifting ending. Illustrated by Jonny Boatfield.

Series: Malplaquet Trilogy
Trade Information: LGENPOD
Available as: Paperback

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The final part of Andrew Dalton's charming Malplaquet trilogy is again set in the landscape gardens at Stowe and concludes the fascinating adventures of the tiny Lilliputians whom we first met in The Temples of Malplaquet.

That first book introduced us to the young teenager Jamie Thompson, his elderly friend 'Granny,' and a whole host of tiny people who have been secretly living and hiding in the mysterious gardens for centuries – especially the clever but eccentric Nigriff, and the bumbling but good-natured General Thorclan.

The little characters have enemies of course, who pursued them relentlessly in the second book, The Lost People of Malplaquet Malplaquet, and as the dangers increase in this final part it seems likely that the Lilliputians will never achieve their New Empire. But they will never give up – and there are plenty of surprises along the way ... for everyone.

A quinessentially English story, inspired by Johnathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels and T.H. White's Mistress Masham's Repose, these books are written primarily for children aged 8–14, but contain plenty for older readers to enjoy as well. The wonderful and gripping world of Malplaquet is brought to life as delightfully as ever by Jonny Boatfield's illustrations.

1. Opening Scenes
2. Plans are Laid
3. Digging up the Past
4. The Old Story
5. Too Many Questions
6. A Bunch of Fairies
7. Prizes and Rewards
8. Good and Bad Sports
9. Famous Ancestors
10. Seeing the Truth
11. Matters of Trust
12. Difficult Interviews
13. Arrivals and Departures
14. Opening the Grounds
15. The Garden Kingdom
16. Power and Glory
17. Finale

Andrew Dalton has had a life-long fascination with eccentric architecture, from grottoes to ruins, as well as the history of gardens and landscape. He first experienced Stowe gardens as a child and has spent many years discovering more about them. He is currently delighted to be teaching Religious Studies at Shrewsbury School.

Jonny Boatfield has created much of the artwork used by the National Trust at Stowe.

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