Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?

With her friends – Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox – Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart…

Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure.

CogHeart is a fantastical Middle Grade adventure story featuring two friends, murder and mayhem, airships and automata, an over-opinionated mechanical fox and a smattering of steampunk! It’s out now with Usborne Books. ♥︎


✹Cogheart is nominated for the Cilip Carnegie Medal 2018 and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize 2017 and the Branford Boase Award 2017. It was Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month for August 2016. It won the Dudley Teen Book Award and Sefton Super Reads Award 2017.  It was also nominated for Haringey Children’s Book Award 2017, Hillingdon Primary Book of the Year 2017, Leeds Book Award 2017, Warwickshire Junior Book Award 2017, the North East Book Award 2017, the Stockport Children’s Book Award 2017. And in 2018 is nominated for St.Helens Schools Library Service Book Awards: BASH, the Salford Junior Book Award and Stockton Children’s Book of the Year. ♥︎

Cover Design: Kath Millichope. Illustration: Becca Stadtlander.

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Cogheart reviews from press, authors and bloggers…

 “A gem of a book.” — Katherine Woodfine, author of The Clockwork Sparrow
“A glittering clockwork treasure” — Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild Trilogy.
“An instant classic… full of thrills, spills, and mechanical foxes.” — Down the Rabbit Hole
“A steampunky tale of ambition, pursuit and revenge.” — The Guardian
“a gripping story” –“a steampunk adventure with a determined heroine and compelling twists” —  Claire Hennessy, The Irish Times
“an imaginative tour-de-force” — Sinéad O’Hart, The Irish Times
“What if Earth were full of clockwork creatures instead of monsters? Cogheart goes beyond steam-punk to imagine a world as weirdly inventive as Philip Pullman’s Clockwork and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner… Marvellous fun for nine-plus readers.”  — The New Statesman
“A magnificent, standout modern classic, an exhilarating epic that offers fun, adventure and pure escapism for anyone aged between nine and ninety. Not be missed!” — Lancashire Evening Post
 “A really wonderful steampunk story that reminded me of Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines series. It’s pacy and exciting, and I loved the world that Peter has built.” — Robin Stevens, author of the Murder Most Unladylike series
“Vivid and gripping…a beautifully-drawn world and delicate detailing, as finely wrought as a watch’s workings.” — Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of Girl of Ink and Stars
“A delightfully badly behaved heroine, enthralling mechanicals and a stormer of a plot.” — Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dreamsnatcher
“A classic adventure in every way I love – machines, Victoriana and high, pulse-pounding thrills. It’s got real heart too.” — Rob Lloyd Jones, author of Wild Boy
“Totally bewitched me.” – Holly Bourne, author of Am I Normal Yet?
“One of my favourite debuts of the year. Murder, mystery and mayhem in a thrilling Victorian adventure.” — Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
“A magical and thrilling story. Prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime, a truly stunning debut.” –– Jo Clarke, Book Lover Jo
“WONDERFUL…a blend of Philip Pullman, Joan Aiken and Katherine Rundell. Don’t miss!” — Amanda Craig
“Wonderfully gripping.” — Charlotte Eyre, The Bookseller
“Fantastical, immersive – and yet with real heart.” — Serendipity Reviews
“Easily one of the best I have read in the [steampunk] genre… Fast-paced and full of unrelenting action and adventure.” — BookZone4Boys
“If you are looking for a book full of heart, emotion, adventure and mystery then I could not recommend Cogheart enough, because it has all that and more.” — MikeReads
“A mysterious and exciting read that is full of fantastic characters.” — The Week Junior

Cogheart reviews from LoveReadingForKids readers…

“Cogheart is an amazing book. From the outset, the characters and the treacherous plots take you on a thrilling, magical journey of adventure and the final twists will leave you spinning.” — Isabella, age 11
“A steampunk fantasy adventure that had me gripped with its brilliantly woven characters and cast of mechanical wonders. An amazing read!” — Rohan, age 10
“This book is perfect for children who like drama and moments of tension that make you hold your breath at every written word.” — Erica, age 10
“A really different and exciting adventure full of fantastic creations, twists and turns. I loved it!” — Sam, age 11
 “Cogheart is an amazing book that I would recommend for anyone aged 8 and over. It is my favourite book this holiday.” — Freddie, age 9
“This book was so exciting that I read it really quickly!” — Caitlin, age 9
“This book swept me away into a world of pure imagination.” — Zoe, age 9
“I don’t think anyone could not like it. It’s not a book for girls only, or for boys only, everyone will love it! I would give it 11/10!” — Maia, age 11