Wednesday, 22 July 2015

THE KING'S SHADOW: Independent Best Summer Reads

PW: Thrilled
I was utterly thrilled to see that The King's Shadow had been selected by Nicholas Tucker as one of the 12 Best Summer Reads for Children in The Independent on Sunday last weekend. You can see the whole list here.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

The Ecliptic by Benjamin Wood: review

Wood: playfully experimental
I've reviewed Benjamin Wood's new book, The Ecliptic, for the Telegraph. Read it here.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Check out the July issue of Literary Review for my children's book round up, featuring:

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Arsenic for Tea by Robin Stevens
The White Umbrella by Brian Sewell
Pike by Anthony McGowan
The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone
An Island of Our Own by Sally Nicholls
The Wordsmith by Patricia Forde
Beasts of Olympus by Lucy Coats
Julius Zebra by Gary Northfield
Apocalypse Bow Wow by James Proimos III
Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed by Michael Rosen
The Story of King Lear by Melania G Mazzucco.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Interview in Reading Zone

There is an interview this week on The Reading Zone. Read it here.

Monday, 8 June 2015

We Love This Book piece on Fantasy

I've written a piece on my favourite fantasy novels for young people of the last seven years, for We Love This Book. Read it here.

Review of The King's Shadow in LoveReading4Kids

PW: Photo by Izzy Mathie
Julia Eccleshare has reviewed The King's Shadow in LoveReading4Kids. Read it here.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Review of THE KING'S SHADOW in Literary Review

Another review of THE KING'S SHADOW, this one in the June issue of Literary Review. It's not available online, but I'll quote the relevant part here: "Yet The King's Shadow, like The Broken King and Womack's two previous books, remains full of atmosphere, menace and lightly-worn learning. Classical influence is evident in the lunar names of King Selenus and his daughter and in the compass directions of the Roman winds; and there are nice, unsettling touches of warped courtliness and chivalry throughout. A darkly disconcerting high fantasy, in the vein of Alan Garner or Susan Cooper, it should appeal to adventurous young readers."