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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 :
Over the years I’ve written a lot of
non-fiction. I like taking a
small part of the limitless world of knowledge,
finding out all I can about it and then
shaping what I know into a proper book.
Here are some which you can buy now.
This is one of Longman’s Pelican
Big Books and is used a lot in Primary Schools.
Each chapter is a little introduction to
a famourswriter. Some are dead,
like Anna Sewell, Ann Frank and Roald
Dahl. Others, like Dick King-Smith,
Jacqueline Wilson, Betsy Byars, Jan Mark,
Malorie Blackman and Martin Waddell are
very much still alive.
The Oxford University Press has a series
of first information books for young children,
called OXFORD REDS. These little books
are mainly written by novelists and
poets and are more like stories than collections
of facts. Trains is my
contribution, and because I love railways
and everything to do with them, writing
it gave me great pleasure
THE FIRST WORLD WAR
“The war that began in 1914 happened
almost by accident. In Britain, France
and Russia, people seemed to know who the
coming war would be fought against – GERMANY.”
THE SECOND WORLD WAR
“The First World War started in 1914
almost by accident. In 1919 the Treaty
of Versailles was meant to ensure
there would be no more wars. Yet the
Second World War started in 1939 as its
tragic and inevitable consequence."
These books, published by Franklin Watts,
are histories of the most dreadful tragedies
of the last century. Though short,
they aim to give children over 10 – and
perhaps adults – a picture of their huge
scope and the driving narrative of their
appalling, unstoppable progress.
SPILLING THE BEANS BIOGRAPHIES
These books, published by Miles Kelly,
are spoof – but still accurate – biographies.
The Cambridge Guide to Children’s
Books said that Spilling the Beans on Shakespeare
was “highly original and quirky.”
SPILLING THE BEANS ON SHAKESPEARE
SPIILING THE BEANS ON BUFFALO BILL
SPIILING THE BEANS ON CHARLES DARWIN
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