Shameless Festive Bookplug

It’s that time of year again when I feel the need to remind anyone looking for last-minute gifts that my books fit neatly into XL Christmas stockings and also look nice wrapped up under the tree. So, what’s on the literary smorgasbord this year?

My latest is Black Light Express, the sequel to Railhead (which is now out in paperback). Both shown here with covers by the brilliant IanMcQue, and both just the thing for fans of science fiction, fantasy, and tales of daring adventure (I hope). I’m busy with the third book in the series at the moment. (They are published in the UK by Oxford University Press, Switch Press publish Railhead in the US, and it’s translated as Capolinea per le Stelle by Giunti in Italy.


This autumn also saw the publication of Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair, the fourth book I’ve created with Sarah McIntyre. It’s hard to believe we’ve been working together for four years, and I’m very proud of our little Reeve&McIntyre Library. Here they all, with Sarah’s serving suggestion:


The new one features high jinks (and O’Hares, and Emilys) among the swings and roundabouts of an alien funfair, all illustrated with hundreds of lovely pictures, as usual. (And all published by Oxford University Press here, and Random House in the US, although Jinks and O’Hare isn’t out until February over there (when it will have a new title: ‘Carnival in a Fix‘. Me neither.)) The first three books have already been translated into a surprising number of foreign languages, so if you’re in Europe, Japan, China, or Korea it’s worth asking your bookshop about them!


When Sarah isn’t working on books with me she illustrates (and sometimes writes) some excellent picture books. I can wholeheartedly recommend all of these…



The latest is The Prince of Pants, a dazzlingly bright and very funny story which should keep the younger element happy. It even features glow in the dark pants! WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT FROM A BOOK?





  1. Angela Sheldon
    Dec 25, 2016 @ 16:48:03

    I have read all of the Mortal Engines books, and I love them. I want to get the original 4 books on Audio. There seems to be a Kenneth Branagh version of the first book, which you cannot seem to buy anywhere now, Can you tell me if the 4 books have been released as Audio books, and if they have where can they be obtained?


    • Philip Reeve
      Dec 26, 2016 @ 12:53:05

      Hi Angela! Unfortunately the audio books have unavailable for some years – I don’t know why. I assume new versions will be coming out at some point now that the movie is under way. I’ll mention them on the blog when that happens, but I don’t have any idea of a real ease date at the moment.


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