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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. 

BOOK OF HOPES Published

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––

The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards

On Tuesday night I attended the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2017, where Moonlocket was nominated in the Children’s Book Category, along with five other authors. Christian O’Connell for Radio Boy, Maz Evans, for Who Let the Gods Out, Robin Stevens for The Guggenheim Mystery, Katherine Rundell for The Explorers and Emma Carroll for Letters From the Lighthouse. I got to hang out with some of the other authors for the evening, and I couldn’t have been more proud to be up there with this line up that includes many of my favourite children’s authors. Especially to be there for Moonlocket, which is the second book in the series, as those are the books that often get overlooked. So its great that it’s found a readership who love it just as much as the first one! The award in the children’s category went to Emma Carroll for Letters From the Lighthouse. Congratulations Emma! I love Emma’s books and have yet to read this one but really look forward to it.