Over two metres tall, with a bushy beard, Philip Ardagh is not only very hairy but has also written over sixty books for all ages. He is extremely versatile with many talents. Not only is he very knowledgable about serious subjects but he also writes very funny books that make lots of people laugh. His best-selling Eddie Dickens Trilogy started with Awful End, continued with Dreadful Acts and was topped off by Terrible Times. Currently living as a full-time writer (who writes lots and lots), with a wife and two cats in a seaside town somewhere in England, he has been — amongst other things — an advertising copywriter, a hospital cleaner, a (highly unqualified) librarian, and a reader for the blind. When not writing silly books, Philip Ardagh is very serious indeed and frowns a great deal.