Three Books

Here are all three of my books aimed at younger people.

You can find them on my author pages:










Brief Review – The Peculiars by Kieran Larwood

I loved the cover and the blurb for this book, but when I began reading it I wasn’t too sure at first. Then as new characters were introduced in new situations, along with an intriguing mystery to be solved, I became hooked.

A lot of thought has gone into the book and its setting so the reader really gets a great sense of the awful lives of the poor in Victorian England and London in particular. Tied to that is the way so many people were exploited by unscrupulous people for their own benefit.

Yet in spite of this world’s dark aspects, the story is fun, overall. Not only does this strange band of peculiars look after one-another, they each use their individual traits to great effect as they investigate a worrying number of poverty-stricken children.

I thoroughly recommend this book to adults and children alike.

Quinton Quads illustrations

I created a couple of new illustration images based on my existing files.

A new coloured version of an angry Evil Edith, based on the illustration that appears in the Mystery of Malprentice Manor book.
I took the book’s cover and created this new image from it.

Brief Review – The Wizards of Once

The Wizards of Once (The Wizards of Once, 1): Cowell, Cressida:  9780316508339: Books

I’ve not read anything by Cressida Cowell before (I know, stupid, right?) but this will certainly not be the last book of hers I read. This was a delight from start to finish and I can see why she was chosen as the current Children’s Laureate.

The characters are fantastic and almost escape from the page they burst with so much life. The illustrations – by Cowell herself – perfectly match and enhance the feelings evoked by the story. Because of the way the story is written and illustrated, it’s almost impossible to imagine one without the other.

The story itself takes place over 24 hours yet so much is crammed into that time it almost makes the head spin and you can’t help but feel exhausted for the characters by the end. But in a wonderful, “I want to read more of this” way. Thankfully, there are more books in the series.

I know I’m not the target audience, but such a delightful book transcends the boundaries of age and other demographics and I wish this book had existed when I was a child.