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Photograph by Chris Normandale
Photograph by Chris Normandale



out now

THE KEY TO FLAMBARDS was published on 4th October by David Fickling Books, with lovely cover art by Katie Harnett. It's based on K M Peyton's wonderful FLAMBARDS quartet and is set at Flambards in 2018, in the weeks leading up to the centenary of the armistice that ended the First World War. THE KEY TO FLAMBARDS has its own page on this website, which I'll add to over the next few weeks. 


My new book was launched at Copped Hall, near Epping - which I have fictionalised as Graveney Hall in THE SHELL HOUSE. Kathy Peyton was guest of honour - here we are in the mansion, with David Fickling. Launch photography is by Chris Normandale.

GIRLS FOR THE VOTE is also out now! Usborne are reissuing the series of six books - two each by Adele Geras, Ann Turnbull and myself. With the new series title 6 CHELSEA WALK, the books have been given this lovely cover art by Tiziana Longo. The other titles will appear shortly.


Each story features a girl of twelve or thirteen who lived at 6 Chelsea Walk. Here, in 1914, Polly is intrigued by two suffragettes who move into the flat above. Her strict father disapproves of the Votes for Women campaigners and their 'antics', and forbids Polly to have anything to do with the two young women - but Polly has other ideas.




This year is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave women (some women) the vote for the first time. I have two novels for young readers: GIRLS FOR THE VOTE (first published as POLLY'S MARCH) and UNTIL WE WIN, a short, dyslexia-friendly story for teenagers, published by Barrington Stoke. 


News: UNTIL WE WIN is shortlisted for the Young Quills prize, awarded by the Historical Association. See more here.



Have you seen WRITERS REVIEW? It's a weekly blog hosted by Adele Geras, Celia Rees and myself, with help from a great many of our writer friends - we now have quite an impressive line-up of guests! There's a book review every Monday - new publications and old favourites, covering fiction, non-fiction and occasional poetry. We're coming up to our 100th post, and will soon celebrate our second anniversary, with a special guest reviewer.


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