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30/10/2014 by Roopa Farooki
Roopa Farooki tells us about how browsing in the bookshop inspired her novel.
30/10/2014 by We Love This Book
The authors of the Oksa Pollock series answer our questions.
30/10/2014 by Lindsay Taylor and Suzanne Smith
Lindsay Taylor and Suzanne Smith tell us about their favourite heroines.
21/07/2014 by Michelle Magorian
Michelle Magorian talks about the photograph that inspired her novel Back Home. The book, and Magorian's other children's classic, Goodnight Mister Tom, are both part of the "A Puffin Book" editions which are part of a new exhibition at Waterstones Piccadilly, which is being launched by Michelle on 23rd July.
15/07/2014 by Dylan Jones
Dylan Jones, editor of GQ, talks about what inspired his new book.
15/07/2014 by Nicola Morgan
Nicola Morgan, author of The Teenage Guide to Stress, tells us the ten things we forget when we're stressed. The book is a scientific guide to dealing with teenage stress with sections on what stress actually is, the issues that affect teenagers, and how to deal with it.
15/07/2014 by Anna James
Clare Conville, literary agent and co-founder of the Curious Arts Festival, talked to us about the upcoming event.
10/07/2014 by Anna James
Legendary illustrator John Burningham sat down with David Roberts, illustrator of many children's books including titles by Julia Donaldson and Kate Greenaway-shortlisted Little Red and John superfan for a chat about John's life and work.
10/07/2014 by Anna James
Tom Moran won the inaugural Guardian award for self-published book of the month for his comic fantasy, Dinosaurs and Prime Numbers.
10/07/2014 by Anonymous
Author John Burley explores how to put together a crime novel, while editor at Avon, Lydia Vassar-Smith, explains the sub-genres of crime and how to avoid crime cliches.
08/07/2014 by Anna James
Close to the Wind is Jon Walter's debut novel and the first book published by a newly independent David Fickling Books. Here's an extract from the opening of the book to whet your appetite...
03/07/2014 by Tim Hall
Tim Hall’s debut novel, Shadow of the Wolf, recasts Robin Hood as an elemental creature of the forest. Gods and monsters stalk his Sherwood. And yet it is Marian who steals the show. Here the author celebrates the changing face of this indomitable heroine. In the first draft of my novel, Maid Marian played a small but significant part. However, this wasn’t good enough for her – she demanded centre stage. With every rewrite, Marian became spikier, tougher, smarter, quicker, until finally she left Robin Loxley trailing in her wake. As her role grew and grew she became a leader, a survivor – not to mention a drug peddler and a poisoner. By now her name was just plain Marian, of course; she refused absolutely to wear the sobriquet ‘maid.’ What’s interesting is how this mirrors the development of Marian over the centuries. Starting from nothing – she was entirely absent from the earliest Robin Hood ballads – she elbowed her way in as a love interest, and then increasingly claimed starring roles. These are some of her highs and lows.
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