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New series – coming this September


Posted on April 18, 2018

I’m delighted to announce that my publishers, Hachette Children’s Group (HCG) imprint Quercus Children’s has bought a new fantasy series. The first book will be The Lost Magician, set in 1945, about f…

Shrewsbury Book Fest: Announcement


Posted on April 14, 2018

I am completely honoured and delighted to have been asked by Shrewsbury Children’s Bookfest to become one of their Patrons, alongside Martin Brown and Ian Whybrow, with the mighty Jacqueline Wilson as…

Box of Delights competition winner revealed!


Posted on December 5, 2017

A massive thank you to everyone who entered our Box of Delights drawing competition – we loved seeing what you imagined would be in the Box. It was a really tough decision but myself, designer Tom Pip…

Leading writers join Alt-Write


Posted on November 21, 2017

I am delighted to join Ben Okri, Carol Ann Duffy and Frank Cottrell Boyce as contributors to Alt-Write, a new collection of writing from major authors intended to “debunk xenophobic myths and … help […

Patron of Reading 2017


Posted on November 10, 2017

I am delighted to announce that I have been appointed Patron of Reading at St. Silas Primary School in Toxteth, Liverpool, for the rest of this academic year. A Patron of Reading is a school’s special…