Monday, 8 December 2008

Thomas Trew and the Island of Ghosts shortlisted!

The sixth and final book in the series, Thomas Trew and the Island of Ghosts, has just been shortlisted for the 2008 Aurealis Awards, in the Children's Long Fiction category.
The Aurealis Awards are Australia's premier fantasy, science fiction, and horror awards, and I'm delighted and honoured that my book was shortlisted!
You can have a look at the full list on

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Thomas Trew in book parades!

We had Pinch and Patch appearing in a parade for World Book Day in the UK(see earlier post)--and across the world, in Australia, here's Thomas Trew making his debut in a school book parade for Children's Book Week, complete with stripy jumper!

Thank you to Oliver, and his mum, for letting me put up this lovely photo on the blog. And to Ben Venue school too for inviting me to come in and talk about the Thomas Trew books this week--great to meet so many dedicated readers of the series!

Monday, 3 November 2008

Madman of Venice trailer

On my You Tube channel, I've just put up a trailer for my forthcoming novel for older readers, The Madman of Venice, which comes out in the UK and Australia in April 2009, published by Hodder Children's Books. In news just to hand, it will also be published in the USA, by Random House!

Go and have a look at

You can also read a bit about it at my Googlepages site, , click on 'Shakespearean series vol 4.'

Thursday, 16 October 2008

More BBC Audio..

Just heard that the BBC are buying audio rights for Thomas Trew and the Horns of Pan, which is fantastic! They'll be turning it into an audiobook, on CD. They did such a wonderful job with Thomas Trew and the Hidden People, so I'm delighted they're taking the second one in the series! It'll be released next year--more details as they come to hand.

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Pinch and Patch on World Book Day!

Book character parades are one of the most fun ways of showing just how much you've enjoyed a book. It's also very thrilling for an author if one of their book characters is chosen. I'm very pleased and proud to say that on World Book Day this year, Cerian and Sarah of Gomer Junior School in Hampshire chose to come as Pinch and Patch! And don't they look just fantastic!

Friday, 9 May 2008

Back from a trip..

I'm just back from a trip to Europe. Part of that time was spent in London, where I went to see my wonderful editor, Beverley Birch, and got some very good news from her--Thomas Trew and the Klint-King's Gold(no.3) has just reprinted, and has a brand-new cover to go with it, and as well, Thomas Trew and the Selkie's Curse(no.4) and Thomas Trew and the Flying Huntsman(no.5) have also reprinted. So it's all looking good!

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Bits and pieces

Yesterday I did a signing of the last three Thomas Trew books, which have just come out in Australia, in one of our local bookshops. I spoke to a few readers who came by to say hello and buy books. It's always good to do that. Look out for the books now too in your own local bookshops!

And out soon too will be the book Demigods and Monsters, which is a collection of pieces by various authors for young people--including yours truly--about Rick Riordan's marvellous Percy Jackson series, which is based on Greek myth, updated to modern times. Like Through the Wardrobe, it's published by Ben Bella Books and is a Borders exclusive. It features lots of interesting pieces about all sorts of aspects of the series--and guess what, it's edited by Rick Riordan himself!

Friday, 14 March 2008

Interview on Writer Unboxed

There's a short interview with me, about the Thomas Trew series, at the Writer Unboxed blog:

Friday, 7 March 2008

Interview on Matilda

Perry Middlemiss of the great Australian books blog, Matilda, has just uploaded an interview he did with me, for the Australian Crime Fiction Snapshots series. It's about my forthcoming mystery novel, The Case of the Diamond Shadow, which Thomas Trew readers may also well enjoy:
(You have to scroll down for the relevant post, which is the Australian Crime Fiction Snapshot for March 6).

Monday, 3 March 2008

NEW! Trailer for mystery novel

I've just uploaded a trailer for my mystery novel set in the 1930's, The Case of the Diamond Shadow, which comes out in July. It features several photos taken by my grandfather, who was a film cameraman in France in the early 1930's, and some 1930's music as well. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

March release of last 3 Thomas Trew books!

For all readers in Australia, some exciting news: March will see the simultaneous release of the last three Thomas Trew books--the Selkie's Curse, Flying Huntsman, and Island of Ghosts! Keep an eye out for them at your local bookshop.
There will also be an interview/article about the whole series in Disney Adventures magazine for March, so watch out for it!

Monday, 25 February 2008

Narnia anthology!

I'm really excited by the fact I have an essay in a fabulous upcoming American anthology for children and young adults about The Chronicles of Narnia, by CS Lewis. The book, which is coming out in a few weeks, is called Through the Wardrobe, it's edited by Herbie Brennan, the author of the Faerie Wars series(amongst many other books), and it's published by Ben Bella Books in the US, and available exclusively through Borders stores. There's lots of great essays in there, by many different writers, and on lots of interesting topics.. My essay's called Going to Narnia, and it's about how, as a child, I felt very much that it was a real place--but that the same couldn't be said for Aslan's country, which the children go to at the very end.

Ben Bella Books have also kindly offered to donate a couple of copies for competitions, so if you'd like to be in the running, answer this simple question: what is the name of the ruined, spellbound great city that Digory and Polly first fetch up in, in the first Chronicle of Narnia, The Magicians's Nephew? The first three correct answers will win a copy of the book.
UPDATE: This competition is now closed. Congratulations to the winners!

Friday, 15 February 2008

A new website..

Using the new and fabulous Googlepage website creator, I've just created a website for my recent four-book fantasy series for older readers, The Chronicles of El Jisal. Have a look at it! It's at

Monday, 21 January 2008

New video on You Tube channel

I've just made and uploaded a short(4 min) talk about writing my graphic novel, The Secret Army: Operation Loki. It's an exciting adventure set in the 1930's, and was published in Australia by ABC Books in 2006. It was highly praised by none other than Anthony Horowitz!

Go and have a peek at how it all came together, with me, the artist Anthony Davis, the designer and the publisher:

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Writer Unboxed

I've been asked to be a contributor at the great genre writing blog, Writer Unboxed, and my introductory interview is up there right now. My first post will be up there on Wednesday. Go and have a look!

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

The Island of Ghosts..

Just got my advance copy of the sixth and final Thomas Trew book--Thomas Trew and the Island of Ghosts. It's one of the scariest of the Thomas adventures--he even meets Mr D, the lord of death..
The book looks great, and there's a great endorsement on the cover by a reader: she gives it six shiny stars out of five! You can't ask better than that, can you!
The book will be out in the UK on January 17. In Australia, the last three books--Selkie's Curse, Flying Huntsman and Island of Ghosts--are all coming out together, in March. Watch for them at your local bookshop!