Fellow converts to the wonderful works of Philip Reeve will recognise the name Poskitt as that of one of the most venerated deities in his World Of Mortal Engines' books.
It also happens to be the surname of children's author Kjartan Poskitt, whose Murderous Maths and Urgum the Axeman books were illustrated by his good friend Philip Reeve.
This afternoon, as I ambled home, I decided to take a different route, which took me by the Bridge Trust charity shop, where I thought to see what second-hand books they had to offer.
Almost immediately my eye was drawn to Urgum And The Goo Goo Bah! (above). First, as it looked like a light-hearted fantasy book, then I saw the names of Kjartan Poskitt and Philip Reeve and knew it must be mine.
Fifty pence well spent!
Full of Philip's great comedic art, the book even includes a two-page map of 'The Lost Desert' (which probably would have sold me on the book anyway, even without knowing who the author and artist were already) - and we all know how much Philip HATES drawing maps.
All this also has me even more fired up for Philip's next book, a fantasy called Clovenstone, which he has previously described as follows:
"Clovenstone (or whatever it eventually gets called) is set in a huge ruined fortress of that name. It was the stronghold of some Tolkienesque Dark Lord until his defeat about a hundred years before the book begins. He’s long gone, but goblins and various other magical creatures still inhabit the overgrown ruins, and now and then treasure-seekers arrive from the outside world in search of loot and adventure…"
Sounds wonderfully Dungeons & Dragons like! More news as I hear it!