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My 10-Year Author-versary

This year I’m marking my tenth year as a published author. In January 2007 my first book came out, The Dragon Detective Agency: Case of the Missing Cats (Bloomsbury). It was the first in a series of four. It had … Continue reading

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Thornthwaite Book Tour

One of the things I love about having a new book come out is the chance to get out and meet readers. School visits are one of the best parts of the job. This November saw the publication of my … Continue reading

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Book Launch – The Thornthwaite Betrayal

This week I celebrated the publication of my second book about the Thornthwaite twins with a book launch at Daunts Books on Cheapside in London. In the company of friends, family, publishers, booksellers and colleagues, past and present, we marked … Continue reading

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#KillaCharacter

In order to mark the forthcoming publication of The Thornthwaite Betrayal (October 20th – published by Piccadilly Books), everyone’s favourite murderous twins, Lorelli & Ovid Thornthwaite have offered their services to rid the world of other fictional characters. Using the … Continue reading

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Make a ‘Killer’ Book Promo Video

As with many of my ideas, this is more last minute than it should have been but I’m going to give it a go anyway. Calling all schools, pupils, teachers, Steven Spielbergs… If you would like to have a go … Continue reading

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Presenting Sports – Child’s Play

Exciting news. I have decided to become a professional sports presenter. I realise this news may come as a surprise to those of you who know me since I have never hitherto shown the remotest interest in a) sports b) … Continue reading

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Festival Season 2016

We have just returned from our third music festival of the summer, where my family and I performed a show based on The Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates with a bunch of talented friends. We’ve had a wonderful time at … Continue reading

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They’re Back…

I am delighted to reveal the cover for my new book, published this October by Piccadilly Press, The Thornthwaite Betrayal. If it looks familiar it’s because the book continues the story of Lorelli & Ovid Thornhwaite, a pair of twins … Continue reading

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Hay 2016

This year I was invited to perform at the Hay Festival. I consider it a great honour and privilege to be invited to attend literature festivals and Hay is one of the best. It is also one of the great … Continue reading

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The Music of Writing

Creative Writing Course for Kids: Week 5 So last week was our final week. I actually thought it was a six week course, but no, it turned out this was the final one. And for our final session I picked … Continue reading

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