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Cogheart Trailer for Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month

Check out the little animated trailer I made for Cogheart as Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month. I re-used all the animation bits from the original book trailer and a created a couple of new animated titles from quotes and blurbs for the book. I think it looks rather spiffing! And Waterstones are now also running it on their youtube channel too…

Cogheart window in Canterbury Waterstones

I made a day trip to Canterbury yesterday – mainly just to see this cogtastic Cogheart window in the Rose Lane Waterstones, which was so beautiful, and really made me smile!! But I also signed lots of books there and at Waterstones on St Margarets Street too – there’s tons of signed copies in Canterbury now. Then we had a walk in the countryside, and spotted this giant waterwheel cog and a bull made of rusted iron! Also had a look around the town, which is so gorgeous, and went in the Cathedral – I think I last visited on a school trip many years ago. It was a fun day out especially seeing the superb window!

Cogheart is Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month

Cogheart CBOTM


Cogheart early copies in Waterstones

Cogheart early copies in Waterstones

I am delighted to announce that Cogheart is the Waterstones Childrens Book Of The Month for August 2016!

It has been a crazy couple of weeks, especially trying to keep it secret for the last week of July, when the book was already being set out in Waterstones shops.

People began buying the book, which was INCREDIBLE… but they were also asking me – Why? Why is your book out so early? 

And I had to reply: I don’t know… I couldn’t possibly say! (-because I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone until the 1st of August, on pain of death!)

Meanwhile, I was waiting on tenterhooks for Waterstones to make the announcement about book of the month…

Then, this week, the first week of August, has been all go, with lots of messages from Waterstones shops who have been sending pictures of their fabulous windows and displays of Cogheart on twitter and instagram! Thank you all you lovely Waterstones sellers, there are some truly talented artists out there among you and I’ve been utterly astounded by all the beautiful windows, in-store banners, and signage artwork that you have created so far for the book….

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On Thursday and Friday I did some visits to Waterstones shops around London and Surrey. Stevie, my publicist from Usborne, and Jo, my agent came along too. It was a lot of fun seeing all the different shops and meeting the friendly booksellers, and I signed loads of books in each shop, and even personalised the odd copy for a customer. I tried to do a few different ones among the signed books, so if you look out, you might find the odd book with a hand-drawn robot in! I am hoping to get to a few more shops during the month, and this Saturday (-13.08.16) I’m doing an event at Waterstones 02 Finchley HERE… If you’re free come along and check it out, because it’s free!

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Cogheart review from Mr Ripley’s Enchanted books

Another great review for Cogheart this week over on Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books blog!

Here are some lovely things he said about the book:

…an enchanting read from the very first page.

…an absolute cracker from a new voice in town.

You can read the whole review here.


Cogheart cupcake at SCBWI UK’s 20th Anniversary Party


I didn’t make it to what looked like a fabulous 20th anniversary party for SCBWI UK. But I got sent this lovely picture by Sue Wallman of my book Cogheart as a cupcake. In the good company of Sue’s book and those of many other fab SCWBI writers. The cupcake were organised by lovely London Scbwi volunteer Tanya Tay and I hope whoever nabbed the Cogheart one enjoyed eating it!!


Cogheart gifted proofs

People have been sending me pics this week of the Cogheart proofs they have received in the mail, so exciting. Pretty soon, I suppose someone will actually be reading it!! Which is a thrilling thought and also a little bit scary! Here are a couple of pics (courtesy of Candy Gourlay, Jo Clarke, Fiona Noble and Vincent Ripley) …

If you want to find out more about the book, or be in with a chance to win a proof copy, head over to

Author Pictures

The other week a photographer friend Thomas Butler came round to take some author photos for the jacket of my book. It was all super-professional, apart from the fact that Mike had to hold the flash/lamp because Tom had forgotten to bring the lamp stand! And then another friend Susie gatecrashed the session with her gorgeous baby Zeph and did a bit of photobombing. Here are a few of the amazing pictures Tom took: