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Cakes in Space

My second book with Sarah McIntyre is out now in the UK.

Read more about Cakes in Space on my blog, and watch the book trailer!






Goblin Quest

The third GOBLINS adventure, GOBLIN QUEST, is out now in the UK! 

The goblins have a visitor.  Priince Rhind of the Woolmark arrives at Clovenstone on a quest, desperate to win his place in the Hall of Heroes. But the goblins know his plan to find the legendary Elvenhorn and raise the lost kingdom of the Elves from beneath the Western Ocean is a bad one, even though they don't know exactly why. Now they must go on a quest of their own to stop him - but Rhind isn't about to let a bunch of pesky goblins get in his way...

The goblins have written some handy QUESTING TIPS, which you can find on my blog.


Goblin Quest should be available from all good booksellers.







Goblins go America!

My comic fantasy novel GOBLINS is out now in the U.S, with an all-new cover.

It's already spawned a sequel, GOBLINS vs DWARVES, which will be published in the U.S.A next year, and I'm busy on the third book (working title GOBLIN QUEST).

Meanwhile, LAIKA Studios (of Coraline/ParaNorman fame) are adapting GOBLINS for the screen!

Read more about it here...

...then please buy a copy! You'll make some goblins very happy. Here's a link to it n Amazon - though of course you may prefer to buy or order it from your local bricks-and-mortar bookstore, if you're lucky enough to have one.

 

Oliver and the Seawigs is now available in the U.K!

My first full-length collaboration with the magnificent Sarah McIntyre, and the most fun I've ever had writing a book. Perfectly sized to slip into a Christmas stocking, too.



Seawigs on the Golden Hinde

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I have a lot of events coming up in the next few months, and most of them will be about my new book with Sarah McIntyre, Oliver and the Seawigs, which will be in the bookshops very soon - in fact, the OUP Bookshop in Oxford already has a few advance copies (thanks to Iain Emsley for this snap!) and it should be available to pre-order from all good booksellers.




Sarah and I will be at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Sunday 25th August (with another event, for schools, on Tuesday 27th). We'll be explaining how Seawigs came about, introducing some of the characters, drawing, singing, flanning about in big frocks (though I leave most of the flanning- about-in-frocks duties to McIntyre) and, of course, signing copies of the book.


Then on September 4th there will be a Seawigs launch party at Daunt Books in Marylebone High Street, London - admission is free and everyone is welcome, but tickets need to be reserved as space is limited.




On Sunday, October 6th we'll be taking our Seawigs show to the Bath Children's Literature Festival...


...and the following weekend (Saturday 11th October) we shall be at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. 


And then on 26th October I shall be doing my Guest of Honour duties at BristolCon, where I expect the talk will be more about Mortal Engines than Seawigs.


So that's my schedule for the rest of this year. Hope to see some of you at one or other of those places, and if you are there, do come and say hello!








Dr Who - The Roots of Evil

This year is the fiftieth anniversary of Dr Who, and Puffin Books are marking it by publishing a short Dr Who e-book each month until November, when all the stories will be collected as a paperback anthology.  I've been asked to contribute a story about the Fourth Doctor (as played by the magnificent Tom Baker). The e-book version will be available on 23rd April. Further details here



Goblins vs Dwarves

If you're reading this in the UK then the latest Goblins book, Goblins vs Dwarves, is OUT NOW, and available from all good bookshops (and possibly even some bad ones, I'm not fussy).  Picking up where Goblins left off, it tells of how Clovenstone comes under attack from pesky, tunnelling Dwarves, and the difficulties that hanwyn, Skarper and co. encounter as they try to find someone to help them defeat this beardy menace.  (You can read about it in the goblins own words on my blog.)  And - good news! - I've signed a contract with Scholastic for a third goblins title, which will be published next spring (so I'd better get writing).


For US readers, the original Goblins book will be published in September by Scholastic .

Predator Cities return to the U.S.A!

For the past couple of years, Mortal Engines, Predator's Gold, Infernal Devices and A Darkling Plain have been sadly unavailable in the U.S.A. Now Scholastic are launching new editions, with new cover art. They also have a new series title: Predator Cities (they were previously known in the U.S. as 'The Hungry Cities Chronicles').  The first book can be read on its own - I didn't intend it to be part of a quartet when I started - but taken together, the four volumes cover twenty turbulent years in the history of the Traction Era, a far-future epoch of mobile cities and high adventure.  They're available from all good bookstores and the usual internet booksellers.  It's good to think they'll be on American bookshelves again soon! 


                                          






Four New Books by McIntyre & Reeve!…

When I first bumped into Sarah McIntyre at the Edinburgh Festival a couple of years ago, I little realised that she was going to become one of my very best friends.  And I certainly never imagined that we would end up working together.  We have very different personalities and views on things, and there seems little common ground between her lovely comics and picture books and my novels.

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But what do you know?  As we nattered away to each other, both in real life and on the internet, all sorts of mad ideas started to pop out.  It turns out that it's actually quite a good idea to collaborate with someone whose work is completely different from your own, because it forces both of you to try new things.

So it was only a matter of time before some McIntyre ⁄ Reeve collaborations appeared.  You may have read the Mortal Engines Christmas story which Sarah illustrated on my blog, and I've already mentioned the four-page comic story we're working on for the Phoenix.  Now I'm very happy to announce that we've signed with Oxford University Press to produce four illustrated books, the first of which, Seawigs, will be published in the autumn of 2013.

Seawigs will be very different from my other books.  It's a lot shorter, for one thing, because a lot of the work of building the atmosphere and describing how things look will be done by Sarah's pictures as much as my words. I did most of the writing, but its completely influenced by Sarah's ideas and sense of humour, which was great - instead of staring blankly out of the window whenever I got stuck, I just 'phoned her up and asked what would happen next, and she'd suggest things.  Most of the things she suggested were as mad as pants, but they all found their way into the plot somehow.  It's the most fun I've ever had writing a book!

Sarah will be getting busy on the illustrations for Seawigs later this year, and we'll also be thinking about our next book together, which won't be Seawigs 2, but a completely different story.  And after that  well, frankly, I have no idea where our adventures will lead us. But that, of course, it what makes it so exciting!

Here's a link to Sarah's blog, with her take on the OUP announcement.





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