Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps


Murray Lachlan Young

ISBN: 978-1-910895-27-6
Format: Hardcover
Price: £12.99
Release date: August 2018

With 54 original illustrations, and told entirely in verse, The Mystery of Raddlesham Mumps centres on young Crispin, the recently orphaned master of the Raddlesham Mumps. With only the company of the ancient butler Kenilworth, Crispin hears the tale of the lords of Raddlesham Mumps and their untimely demises. But Crispin doesn’t realise that the malevolent force that has been the bane of his family for generations has turned its gaze towards him…

Ghosts, Faeries and Witches are brought to life by the atmospheric artwork of Julie Verhoeven. Young and Verhoeven’s gothic collaboration outlines the frightening perils of inheritance.




The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps by Murray Lachlan Young, illustrated by Julie Verhoeven

‘Now welcome dear friend to this sinister tale’

With both his parents killed in mysterious circumstances, young Crispin de Quincy de Faversham Clumps inherits the dark and dank Raddlesham Mumps. Crispin is the latest in his long family line to own the delapidated old house. Ancient Kenilworth, the butler, recounts for Crispin the tale of his luckless predeccessors. But as nights draws in, Crispin will learn the truth of his ill-fated line.


The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps has been called ‘A wonderfully witty, ghostly and entertaining read, made all the better for Julie Verhoeven’s haunting illustrations.’ The Idler magazine

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The Author

Murray Lachlan Young is a poet and stand up performer. He has also written for theatre and film. He came to prominence during the Brit Pop era of the mid-1990s, when he became the only poet to sign a contract worth £1m. Today Murray is best known as an ‘across network’ performer on BBC radio.

The Illustrator

Julie Verhoeven‘s artistic praxis moves easily between art, fashion and design. Alongside her activity in the fashion world, she exhibits internationally as a visual artist, using a broad range of media including video, drawing, performance and installation. She has collaborated with Versace, Louis Vuitton, M.A.C, Mulberry and most recently Marc Jacobs & Miller Harris.