Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016…


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It’s been an unusually busy year here at Reeve Industries. Looking back over all the school and festival events I’ve done, it’s hard to believe that they all fitted into one twelve month period.



It’s been tiring, but a lot of fun, and pretty successful, I think. It was the Year of the Pug, as Sarah McIntyre and I unveiled Pugs of the Frozen North and inadvertently hitched a ride on the pug-fad bandwagon. We even got to meet actual pugs. It’s been great to see the book showing up on so many Best Children’s Books round-ups!


It’s also the year I returned to epic science-fantasy goings on with Railhead, which seems to be going down well with Mortal Engines fans. Some people seemed slightly dismayed that I’d gone off to write younger books with Sarah, and are relieved that I’m ‘back’, but I needed a complete break after the Fever Crumb books, and collaborating with McIntyre has proved to be just about the best decision I’ve ever made – Railhead couldn’t have happened without her. She even took the author photo for the cover!


It was a bit of a shock doing a solo event again, but I think I’ve cooked up one that works, and I’m looking forward to doing more next year. It even has it’s own specially-composed music, by mysterious electro band Lufthansa Terminal, which I’m hoping to put online next year (along with a complete, all-in-one-place version of the Railhead A-Z) But meanwhile, Tygertale book blogger Jake Hayes has put together a whole Railhead soundtrack on Spotify


Also in 2016 we’ll be publishing the fourth Reeve & McIntyre book (out in September, title to be announced soon!), and Railhead will be launched in the U.S. (I’ll be revealing the cover early in the New Year.) Then there’s a UK paperback of Railhead due in the summer (but if you have a chance, do try and get the hardback while it’s still around – it’s a beautiful looking book).  And hopefully in the autumn the even-more-epic Railhead 2 will appear – which is what I ought to be working on now, instead of this blog.

So I’m heading back to my writing desk. And, as usual, I’m planning to try and drop off social media bit in January and February, although I’ll still post the odd blog, I expect. Happy New Year!




  1. Tim Knight
    Dec 31, 2015 @ 16:32:43

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thank you for Railhead this year, already looking forward to Railhead 2. Alice is slightly disappointed that you are writing about Pugs and not Havanese, but then she can be quite precious.


    • Philip Reeve
      Dec 31, 2015 @ 17:48:33

      Well, it was going to be ‘Chihuahuas of the Frozen North’ but our publisher said Chihuahuas was too hard for kids to to read, so they all turned into pugs – I suspect Havanese might have met the same fate. All the best in 2016!


  2. Shoumma Shams
    Jan 06, 2016 @ 14:39:55

    Happy New Year! I’m pretty excited for Railhead 2, but is there any news on the status of a 4th Fever Crumb book?


    • Philip Reeve
      Jan 06, 2016 @ 20:13:51

      Thanks, Shoumma! I don’t have any plans for Fever 4 at the moment. I don’t rule it out, but I’ve spent the last 4 years moving on from those books, and the last thing I want to do is go back. Added to which, a lot of stuff I was planning to put into Fever 4 ended up in ‘Scrivener’s Moon’ (because I could see which way the wind was blowing), and a lot of the stuff which didn’t was about motorised barbarian convoys battling out in the wastelands, and ‘Fury Road’ has done that recently (and better!). So, in so far as I have a plan for the next few years at all, it goes, ‘More Railhead’, ‘More Reeve & McIntyre’, “Who knows?’.


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