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the Hare Trilogy and Out of the Mouths of
Babes are sold as new, signed by the author and
personally dedicated to the buyer if specified
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You can purchase all my current books at Amazon, and you can even get the older ones from Amazon marketplace.
Now available from OUP
The paperback edition of Mystery Stories
- click on the picture. From creepy school computers to bungling bank robbers; from lost villages to
deadly Christmas presents :
War and Freddy
Great news! THE WAR AND FREDDY will
be republished in September 2007 in the Happy Cat imprint
THE WAR AND FREDDY is one of my favourite books.
It was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize
in 1991. I was thinking one day about the
Second World War, what I remembered of it and what it
was like being a small boy while it was being fought.
It occurred to me that one day all this would
be forgotten and nobody would know what it to grow up
in those long-ago fearful days. It was then
that the character of Freddy began to take shape. Freddy
isn’t me, yet in many ways he’s like me. He has
adventures, some of which are something like things
which happened to me though never quite. Other
adventures may have happened to other people. Some
never happened at all, but perhaps they ought to have.
They are real, proper stories in their own right. And
George Buchanan’s illustrations are dead right for the
Here's the wonderful new cover :
here’s what some critics thought about the book when
it first came out.
“Funny, wise, wonderfully readable, this book, with
its admirable illustrations by George Buchanan, should
find a wide readership, among war veterans as well as
the nine-year olds for whom it is probably intended
… This is by no means kid’s stuff, thought it is great
stuff for kids.”
MARCUS CROUCH in Junior Bookshelf.
“Dennis Hamley with captivate his readers with this
wonderful, thought-provoking and. above all, humorous
collection of stories.”
SUE ROGERS in The School Librarian
You can still buy some of the original editions here
now trade paperback/buy
Yule Logs now out !
Click on the cover to order from Amazon
Christmas has always been and always
will be a special time of year, a time either
of great happiness or great sadness and
sometimes both. Here are eight stories
of different Christmases, all of which are
memorable in their different ways.
The stories are arranged in order of
age: the first for young children, the last
There are two World War 2 stories, one
which refers to it and one which refers
to another war. There’s a football
story, a ghost story and two stories
with carols in them - and a lot more besides.
There’s a story about a really
weird Christmas guest and another about
a tumultuous family row. All
ordinary Christmases to start with, but
which turn into being anything but ordinary.
Each story has a postscript telling what
real memory lies behind it and how it came
to be written.
Many of my earlier books are back in print via the Back-to-Front
imprint of the Solidus Press. I have chosen some of my favourites to be rereleased by this new publisher. Here
are some that you can read now :
The Great Football Treble
All three books are now available. You can buy them by
clicking on the titles :
Two chilling ghost stories
You can buy them by
clicking on the titles :
Ghosts Who Waited