The Battle of the Blighty Bling

Illustrator: Eric Heyman

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Andersen Press

Age 8+

Family & Home Stories Humorous Stories Adventure Stories

Vic and her younger brother and sister Bert and Maud have been left alone at home, which means they will surely get into mischief. But not just any ordinary kind of mischief, because Vic and her family are PIRATES.

The only problem is, Dad sunk the family pirate ship and now the family is stuck in a caravan by the sea. So when the kids accidentally lose the family pirate treasure, the legendary Blighty Bling, it's up to them to take to the high seas in a leaky rowing boat and get it back, with their annoying know-it-all neighbours in tow.

But their swashbuckling adventure runs into a few problems when they meet their pirate enemy, Captain Guillemot, and Vic discovers a few home truths along the way...


Ruth Quayle (Author)
Ruth Quayle used to work as a journalist and copywriter, and was inspired to write books for children by the funny things her own kids said.
Ruth lives in London with her family and when she’s not writing, you’ll find her stepping on bits of lego, burning fish fingers and trying to convince the children that there really isn’t room for a dog.

Eric Heyman (Illustrator)
Eric Heyman served in the South Wales fire and rescue service for three decades before retiring to pursue a career in illustration. Completely self-taught, he has been inspired since childhood by such greats as Ronald Searle, Ken Anderson, Mary Blair, Quentin Blake and Mike Mignola. When he’s not drawing Vikings, pirates and trolls, you’ll find him walking his beagle, Bella, and searching for dragons in the hills of his native Wales.


Perfect for seven- to nine-year-olds, this is a brilliant, fast-paced adventure for those of us who love mischief.

Evening Standard

Quayle turns the pirates’ most terrifying habits into comedy. The McScurvys gleefully litter and offend: they are pirates after all. Eric Heyman’s illustrations and typographical design, meanwhile, make each page attractive.

Irish Times

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