The Fabulous Phartlehorn Affair was published in 2012 by Walker Books, and here's what it's about:
Bruno Pockley has a talent. A prodigious talent. But he's only just discovering its worth... When Bruno is sniffed out by a specially trained Trumpenhund as having world-class phartling potential, it's as if all his dreams have come true. Finally, his talent is being recognized! Then he and his classmates are taken to the court of the Knights Trumplar in the Kingdom of Phartesia, where they'll learn to play the ancient Phartlehorn for a performance of epic proportions. Starry-eyed, the children are determined to prove themselves to the magnificent Duke of Phartesia and his beguiling daughter. However, things are not always as they appear - and when Bruno and his friend Grace stumble upon the sickening truth about the Knights Trumplar, the wind is quite literally taken out of their sails.
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Viral Film Introduction
My first novel for children ‘The Fabulous Phartlehorn Affair’ published by Walker Books features a very unusual musical instrument….
Once well known in orchestras the Phartlehorn is a kind of wind instrument, a bit like a tuba, only with one crucial difference. For hundreds of years, solo phartistes wowed audiences across the globe with their tuneful trumps.
Sadly, Phartistry was banned during the reign of Queen Victoria, on the grounds of public indecency. Every last Phartlehorn was seized and melted down for scrap. Or so it was thought, until last week when the antiques world was blown away, by a surprise discovery. For, whilst filming an episode of a new antiques show what should Mel Giedroyc and antiques expert Mark Hill discover, but a glorious golden Phartlehorn …
This video was shot with the very kind help of advertising agency RKCR Y&R and Walker Books; directed by Ita Fitzgerald and edited by Rod Fitzgerald.
The Fabulous Phartlehorn is published by Walker Books.