Cakes in Space – the Book Trailer

The new Reeve& McIntyre book, Cakes in Space should be in the shops now, and here’s a trailer to whet your appetite, made by MBFilms.  I particularly like the starship’s squeaky brakes sound effect…

And there are still a few tickets left for our Cakes in Space event at Daunt Books in Marylebone High Street, London, on September 13th. They’re free, but you do need to reserve a seat.

Better Get Ready For The CAKES IN SPACE!

Sorry for the long blog silence – I was away all last week, mainly in West Sussex and Hampshire, where sarah, Sam and I caught up with some old friends and also visited the Weald and Downland Open-Air Museum and the HMS Victory and Mary Rose at Portsmouth – both well worth a trip.

Now I have a few days at home before I head off to the Edinburgh International Book Festival to join Sarah McIntyre for the launch of our second book together…

Cakes in Space is the story of Astra, who is travelling to her new home on a far-off planet. Everyone on her spaceship has been put into cryogenic sleep for the 199 years it will take to get there, but half way through the journey Astra wakes up to discover that all sorts of things are going wrong, and that she’s the only one awake to put them right. There are robots…

All illustrations by Sarah McIntyre

…aliens…

and, of course, CAKES – scary futuristic ones with fangs and bad attitudes…

It was partly inspired by wanting to see how Sarah M would handle all the tech (she’s very good at drawing vehicles and machines), partly by some cute alien doodles she once did, and partly by that idea of being the only person awake, moving around the house (or spaceship) while everyone else is still asleep – which is a big deal when you’re small, I think. Hopefully it will appeal to people who like SPACE or CAKES, which is basically everyone, right? And it should be starting to appear in bookshops ANY DAY NOW…

We had a test run of our new Cakes in Space show at Nine Worlds last week – thanks to everyone who came, and bought copies of the books afterwards.  In Edinburgh we’ll be appearing on Friday 22nd August as part of the schools programme, and then doing a public performance on Saturday morning – so if you’re anywhere near Charlotte Square please come and see us! Booking details here.

And if you’re not, we’ll be doing a London launch at Daunt Books in Marylebone on September 13th…

…and appearing at Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival on September 20th, and the Manx LitFest on the Isle of Man on the 26th/27th September (the schedule is still to be confirmed, I think).

Photo: Michael Thorne

And speaking of Budleigh Salterton, there’s a campaign in progress to save the public library there. Sarah McIntyre and I were meant to be recording a video message about it while we were at Nine Worlds in our space gear, but we were so nervous about our event that we FORGOT. But Sarah appears here, along with lots of other famous faces.

CAKES IN SPACE is published by OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS and available from good bookshops for just 8.99 of your Earth Pounds.

Daunt’s Launch for Seawigs

I’m just back from London, where Sarah McIntyre and I have been launching Oliver and the Seawigs – or at least shoving it a little further from the slipway following it’s launch at Edinburgh. Many thanks to Daunt Books, a beautiful independent bookshop in Marylebone High Street, whose staff were incredibly helpful and patient.  It was good to meet some Mortal Engines fans among the throng, too, including Marcus and Lily, whose parents had brought them all the way from Guildford. I hope they weren’t disappointed that Mortal Engines doesn’t get a mention in the events I’m doing with Sarah now – no doubt I’ll return to it, and to Goblins too, but at the moment I’m enjoying doing something new and different.

As usual, Sarah had blogged brilliantly about it all while I was still on the slow train home; here’s her account.

We also did a brisk signing tour of central London bookshops in the sudden heat and sunshine of Thursday morning. (You can see loads more photos of our tour, and all the lovely booksellers we met, here.) Here we are at our final port of call, relaxing outside Foyle’s on the South Bank, with bookseller Lolli Andersen…

Photo: Philippa Perry

Later we met up with Chris Riddell, one of the great illustrators of the present age (you may know him for The Edge Chronicles), who showed us a copy of his new, self-penned book Goth Girl.

Chris keeps beautiful sketchbooks, and his current one contained a drawing he’d done for Sarah…

Photo: Sarah McIntyre

We also met Jeremy Levett, my Chief Scientific Advisor and co-author of the Traction Codex e-book. He’s just off to Australia for a year, and I felt he ought to meet Sarah McIntyre before he left. Jeremy’s one of the brightest people I’ve ever met, and a very good writer too; I’ll try to post some links to his blog osts about his adventures Down Under, which I’m sure will be reliably saturnine, amusing and well-observed.

One of the subjects we discussed was the ‘Walkie Talkie’, a new building in which melts posh cars and sets your hair on fire.  London is fast filling with these novelty skyscrapers, and personally I rather like the way the city skyline is being Blade Runnered. But as we walked down Charlotte Street in search of supper I noticed the former Post Office Tower looming over the rooftops. It still looks more like the future than any of the newcomers.

And while I was away, Sam started secondary school. I was a bit worried that he’d be nervous, but if Sarah (R’s) photo is anything to go by, he took it in his stride…

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