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  • January 16, 2018

The Secret Life of Cows

'A lovely, thoughtful little book about the intelligence of cows.' James Rebanks, author of The Shepherd's Life  

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How did you choose the cover?

The first question children ask when they hear I’ve had a novel published is, “did you do the illustrations?” The next is often, “how did you choose the cover?” and “how many have you sold?” I fear I disappoint on all scores as all I did was write the story (and even that with a co-author); I can’t draw for toffee, our publisher chose the cover and until the royalty statement I have no idea how many we have sold. 

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Twelve Nature Charities

This year I will be building a list of twelve nature charities through a monthly spot in which I will invite different children's authors to propose and introduce a charity of their choice.  I thought I would kick off with my own and  make no apologies for having featured them before because, only last month, the 

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Help Reinstate The Lost Words

By removing many nature words from the Oxford Junior Dictionary, children will, rather than caring for the earth and everything on it, be more insular and lead less healthy lives. This is alarming at a time when species are approaching extinction and more and more children are suffering from mental illness and obesity. 

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A Pinch of Magic

Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse. Three magical objects with the power to change their fate.Will they be enough to break the curse? Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger? ... 

 

Did you know that the web of an average Garden spider (Araneus diadematus) contains up to 30 metres of silk!