Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky(2009)
(The first book in the Grubtown Tales series)
A novel by Philip Ardagh
You won't find Grubtown on any maps. The last time any map-makers were sent anywhere near the place they were found a week later wearing nothing but pages from a telephone directory, and calling for their mothers. It's certainly a town and certainly grubby - except for the squeaky clean parts - but everything else we know about the place comes from Beardy Ardagh, town resident and author of these tales. Grubtown is full of oddballs - from the singing Grumbly girls to a family of duck-haters, and an out-sized mayor who's knitting a new house - but Manual Org is too repulsive even for them. Getting him to leave town is top priority, until the discovery of a humongous diamond changes everything...
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Used availability for Philip Ardagh's Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky
May 2009 : UK Paperback
November 2010 : UK Audio CD