1. The original title for WALU was “Apocalypse Already.” I though it captured the end-of-the-world-with-teenagers idea (if you imagine someone saying “already” in a sarcastic voice, like: “Are you finished talking already?”), and it doubles up with Eliza’s blog inside the book. However, I was convinced by my very smart editor that this title might lead people to believe the book was about some sort of post-apocalyptic landscape, which it very much isn’t, so we switched it up. I love new title so much now, I can’t believe we almost went with the old one.
2. Speaking of which, there’s a tiny reference to the film Apocalypse Now (the inspiration for the blog title Apocalypse Already) hidden inside WALU.… Read more >>>
1. I wrote Love Bomb in six months while I was working full time as a head of English at a secondary school. It was hectic because I have two young children. I wrote every night of the week and all of Sunday and often on Saturday too. That year, we all got the winter vomiting bug over Christmas. I remember writing on Christmas Eve feeling horribly sick.
2. When my first daughter was born, like most parents, I was overwhelmed with love for her. I wrote a letter to her so that if anything ever happened to me (hormones and an over-active imagination made me think about this a lot) she would always know how much I loved her.… Read more >>>
What’s really worth fighting for, when one second is all you have left?
Norman Smithson is at the end of the line. His wife left him, women don’t look at him, he was made redundant, and at forty, he could be just that little bit slimmer. He would be a has-been if he’d ever been a ‘was’ in the first place. He’s not the Alpha male of the 21st century – or of any century. He was the chubby oddball who used to sit silently at the back of the class so he wouldn’t get picked on.
Rosa is a dreadlocked, tattooed and pierced twenty-something, who uses her image as armour to keep everyone away from every broken thing about her.… Read more >>>
When Fran the Fabulous Fairy turns up in Tiga Whicabim’s shed to tell her she’s a witch, Tiga doesn’t believe her. Or at least not until Fran points out that TIGA WHICABIM is actually an anagram of I AM A BIG WITCH and magics her away down the drainpipes to compete in Witch Wars – the competition to crown the next Top Witch of Ritzy City.
Filled with silly spells, delectable dresses, ridiculous riddles and a serious shoe problem, Witch Wars is a witch story like no other. Although if you enjoyed The Worst Witch or Witchworld, you’ll love this too!… Read more >>>
A lost, aimless and hard-drinking Ben Hope has wandered back to his old haunt in Ireland. The ex-SAS soldier is searching for peace, but trouble soon appears when Kirsten Hall, a young journalist, is brutally murdered right in front of him. Unable to prevent it, Ben is driven by guilt to hunt down the killers. All he has to go on is a handful of clues from Kirsten’s research – but how can the journals of Lady Stamford, the wife of an English lord during the time of the Irish Great Famine, have put Kirsten in mortal danger?… Read more >>>
The explosive, emotional and unforgettable new romance from the NYT bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series
Alexa Holland’s father was her hero-until her shocking discovery. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him.
Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away.… Read more >>>
When a raven drops a white feather at the doorstep on the day of your birth, it is a symbol of your destiny. You are a Whisperer – a guardian of the wild. After many years of peace in the kingdom of Meridina, rumours are spreading of a planned invasion – could the demonic Narlaw be returning from the darklands? It is up to the Whisperers and their animal companions to defend Meridina, protect Princess Ona and stop the Narlaw from destroying their world.
When hunters from her village disappear without a trace, Alice suspects that something sinister is at work.… Read more >>>
It’s not easy being the daughter of Captain Hook. Twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of following in his footsteps – but her grandfather sends her to finishing school instead. When her father meets his unfortunate end, Jocelyn sails to Neverland to avenge his death. But she hadn’t bargained on ticking crocodiles, lazy pirates and a troublemaking boy called Peter Pan.
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Chicken House (5 Mar. 2015)
I adored this book! It was a wild thing full of adventure and told by a kooky narrator that I loved! Neverland is one of my most favourite places and this spin on it is just glorious!… Read more >>>
I open my eyes. The cell is flooded with sunlight; the window is a slice of pale blue. Dust particles dance in the sparkling light, pirouetting in a golden line from the window to the opposite wall of the cell, where they seem to converge into shapes. It is like looking into a kaleidoscope.
Dad isn’t here. No one is, but me.
Robyn Knollys-Green is an A-list celebrity, famous for being the daughter of one of the world’s most powerful men. But not even the paparazzi can find her now.
Robyn begins to realise that she is trapped in a complicated web of global corruption and deceit – and that the strange, melancholy boy who has been tasked with guarding her might not be an enemy after all .… Read more >>>