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Moonlocket published in German

Moonlocket publishes in German on the 12th of September 2021. You can read more information about that foreign edition here:

Die Cogheart-Abenteuer: Das Mondamulett: Eine mysteriöse Geschichte voller Gefahren und rätselhafter Geheimnisse (German Edition)

Kaum haben sich Lily, Robert und Malkin von ihrem letzten Abenteuer erholt, gibt es neue Aufregung. Der berüchtigte Dieb Jack Door ist aus dem Gefängnis entwischt und auf der Suche nach dem rätselhaften Mondamulett. Doch das ist nicht das Einzige, hinter dem Jack her ist – finstere Geheimnisse aus Roberts Vergangenheit verdunkeln den Horizont und schon bald schweben die Freunde in tödlicher Gefahr. Werden sie Jack überlisten und die Wahrheit ans Licht bringen?
Der zweite Band der spannenden Cogheart-Reihe hält bis zur letzten Seite in Atem und entführt die Leser in den Glanz einer vergangenen und geheimnisvollen Welt!

It is available in the UK on Amazon:

Cogheart published in German

The German Edition of Cogheart was published on the 16th of May 2021. Here is some information about that Foreign edition:

Die Cogheart-Abenteuer: Das ewige Herz: Ein aufregendes Abenteuer voller Rätsel und unerschrockenem Mut (German Edition)

Die 13-jährige Lily schwebt in tödlicher Gefahr. Ihr Vater ist spurlos verschwunden, und unheimliche Männer mit Silberaugen scheinen ihr plötzlich auf Schritt und Tritt zu folgen. Was führen sie im Schilde?
Gemeinsam mit ihren Freunden – dem Uhrmachersohn Robert und ihrem mechanischen Fuchs Malkin – macht Lily sich auf, um dem Geheimnis auf die Spur zu kommen. Doch bald muss sie feststellen, dass die Wahrheit tiefer verborgen liegt, als sie ahnen konnte – an einem Ort, mit dem sie nie gerechnet hätte.
Realität und Fiktion verschmelzen gekonnt in diesem fesselnden Abenteuer im spannenden Zeitalter des viktorianischen Englands!

The German version is available to UK readers as an Amazon Kindle book here:

The Book of Hopes shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the year

Earlier this year, I was asked by Katherine Rundell to contribute to an anthology she was putting together to celebrate hope in dark times.

The Book of Hopes is available online for free, but it’s now been published as a gorgeous hardback edition. With part of the profits going to raise money for NHS charities to support the amazing work of Doctors and Nurses and hospital-staff during lockdown.

In the last few weeks I’ve been given two more fab pieces of news about the Book of Hopes…

First, it’s going to be released as an audiobook, read by Stephen Fry, Helena Bonham Carter and Ben Bailey Smith. My poem ‘Football Boots’ is read by Stephen Fry, who is just mellifluous to hear!

I’ve also just found out that The Book of Hopes has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2020. It’s such an honour, and I’m proud to be involved in the project, with the fantastic writer and editor and organiser of it all, Katherine Rundell, and the whole team at Bloomsbury. 

Featherlight Published

‘Lighting the way home’: Myth and history combine in a magical adventure inspired by the incredible true stories of female lighthouse keepers.

I am thrilled to announce that I have a short standalone adventure story Featherlight coming out on the 15th April 20201 with Barrington Stoke. Written and formatted specially for dyslexic and reluctant readers. Find out more below…

Deryn’s father is the lighthouse keeper on Featherstone Island, keeping the lantern lit to protect passing boats from the treacherous rocky coastline. But when an emergency arises and her parents have to travel to the mainland for help, Deryn is left alone to keep watch over the lighthouse, and she finds herself in a terrible situation when the lamp runs out of oil during a wild storm. With a fishing boat in peril on the sea, and time running out to rescue those on board, Deryn seeks help from an unusual source – a creature born of myth and magic, who can help light the way.

Featherlight has cover artwork by Evan Hollingdale and internal black and white illustrations by Anneli Bray.

Return to Wonderland out in paperback

I have a short story in Return to Wonderland which came you last year in hardback. You can get it from 6th of August in this lovely paperback edition. It is stories set in Wonderland when Alice isn’t there and has contributions from ten other fantastic children’s authors. Mine is the first story of the collection and is about a pig-boy, the duchess, three sisters, the froggy butler and a treacle well. The book is published by Macmillan.

My 6 favourite animal sidekicks

I love animal sidekicks. My children’s series ‘The Cogheart Adventures’ features an animal sidekick named Malkin. Malkin is a mechanical fox. Unlike a real fox he can talk, but, just like a real fox, if real foxes could talk, he has high-minded opinions about everything.

Here are six of my favourite animal sidekicks from children’s literature…

Who are you favourite animal sidekicks?

Why not write a story with your own animal sidekick in?


PROUD to say that my little poem is a part of this anthology of HOPE: called THE BOOK OF HOPES. Put together by amazing children’s author Katherine Rundell, it is filled with bite-sized stories poems and pictures of HUMOUR, JOY and HOPE. A digital copy of the book is FREE to read digitally ( from 27.04.20) on the literacy trust’s website. Here–

Read Katherine’s article on how the Book of Hopes came together and sample some fantastic tasters of the content in this weekends Guardian books. Here––