The Cogheart Adventures Book 1


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 steampunk adventure story, featuring two friends, airships and automata, and an over-opinionated mechanical fox! Out now with Usborne Books in the UK and with Jollyfish Press in the US.

Cogheart was a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month. It was nominated for the Carnegie Medal, and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Branford Boase Award.

Cover Design: Kath Millichope. Illustration: Becca Stadtlander.


UK readers buy here….

US readers buy here…

Other Awards and nominations….

Winner: Sefton Super Reads Award 2017, Dudley Teen Book Award 2017, Awesome Book Award 2018.

Nominated: The Haringey Children’s Book Award, Hillingdon Primary Book of the Year, Leeds Book Award, Warwickshire Junior Book Award, the North East Book Award, the Stockport Children’s Book Award. St.Helens Schools Library Service Book Awards: BASH, Salford Junior Book Award, Stockton Children’s Book of the Year. 

Cogheart was selected as one of 70 books donated to 70 schools by the National Literacy Trust to celebrate The Duchess of Cornwall’s 70th birthday.

See inside Cogheart…


Hear me introduce Cogheart and read the prologue…

Checkout all the Foreign language editions of Cogheart…

COGHEART Indonesian edition with Bhuana Ilmu Populer, NAKRĘCENI Polish Edition with Akapit Press, მექანიკური გული Georgian Edition with Sulakauri Publishing. Kugghjärtat Swedish Edition with Tukan Forlag, Inimă Cu Cheiță Romanian Edition with Corint Junior, Det Mekaniske Hjerte Danish Edition with Flachs, 톱니바퀴 심장의 모험 1 Korean Edition with Miraejisik. Tích-Tắc-Tích-Tắc – Trái tim Máy Vietnamese Edition with  NXB Thanh Niên, Đinh Tị

Cogheart Reviews

From press, authors and bloggers…

“Fantastically imaginative… With great style and panache, the novel deftly winds through the intricacies of friendship and moral choice while maintaining a fun edge.” — Publishers Weekly
“Introduces dastardly villains, friendly mechanicals, and thrilling airship action … with hair-raising and cinematic charm.” — Kirkus Reviews 
“Delightful and inventive—a captivating adventure for middle-grade readers.” — Foreword Review

“This steampunk adventure has it all: a missing person, deadly sabotage, secret technology, zeppelin chases, and a cast of heroes the reader will come to love.” — VOYA Magazine

“An exciting, fast-paced adventure.” — Booklist
“Swiftly paced with clever details, this novel’s world of weird mechanical creatures, heroes, and villains in a fantastic Victorian England setting will appeal to young readers.” — School Library Journal
“[S]cenes are described with such vivid detail … [and] themes of loss, loyalty, and family bonds are beautifully executed.” — School Library Connection
“Wonderfully gripping.” — Charlotte Eyre, The Bookseller
“A steampunky tale of ambition, pursuit and revenge.” — The Guardian
“One of my favourite debuts of the year. Murder, mystery and mayhem in a thrilling Victorian adventure.” — Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
“an imaginative tour-de-force” — Sinéad O’Hart, The Irish Times
“A gripping story… A steampunk adventure with a determined heroine and compelling twists” —  Claire Hennessy, The Irish Times
“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
“WONDERFUL…a blend of Philip Pullman, Joan Aiken and Katherine Rundell. Don’t miss!” — Amanda Craig
 “A gem of a book.” — Katherine Woodfine, author of The Clockwork Sparrow
“A glittering clockwork treasure” — Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild Trilogy.

“This steampunk adventure will have readers thoroughly engrossed in a world that isn’t, but *shiver* could be?  . . . . The daring escapes and deadly fights are balanced with tender moments of love and loss, which will bring appeal to a wide array of readers.” — Bluestocking Thinking Blog

“An instant classic… full of thrills, spills, and mechanical foxes.” — Down the Rabbit Hole
“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 / Wells and Wong Mysteries 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?
“A magical and thrilling story. Prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime, a truly stunning debut.” –– Jo Clarke, Book Lover Jo
“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

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