Macmillan Children’s Books have put together a new campaign to celebrate diversity called Look Beyond Your World. This p …Read More
The story I’ve been working on this year, School for Skylarks, is finally here!
It’s 1939, the outbreak of the blitz, and young Lyla Spence has been torn from her Mother’s home in London and taken by her Father to Furlongs, the large and mysterious country home of her Great Aunt Ada. Lyla, who has never known a friend nor been to school, and whose parents have been at the centre of a scandalous divorce, is an angry, lonely child – lonely that is, until an entire school of girls suddenly arrives at Furlongs and turns her world inside out…
The moment the story you’ve lived with for so long is about to turn into a printed book always makes me a little uneasy. Maurice Sendak wrote about what it’s like to give birth to a book: ‘And then it goes out into the world, and your child, who was so private and who was living with you for two years, now its everybody’s child …’
In other news, I’m currently working on a new book. All I will say is that it includes a horse …