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Philip Ardagh is two metres tall with a ridiculously big, bushy beard and size sixteen feet, making him an instantly recognisable figure at literary festivals around the world. 

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning author is the author of The Grunts illustrated by Axel Scheffler and non-fiction series National Trust: The Secret Diary series which is illustrated by Jamie Littler and includes the titles John Drawbridge: Medieval Knight in Training, Jane Pinny Victorian House Maid & Thomas Snoop Tudor Boy Spy. He is probably best known for his Grubtown Tales, but he is author of over 100 books.

He is a festival regular, appearing at literary events and schools across the country.

Philip was born in Kent and christened in St Paul’s Cathedral. He studied copywriting in Watford, and then went to work in advertising before becoming a library assistant in Lewisham.

Philip now lives in Kent with his wife and teenage son.