... are now on the blog. Go there to read more about my favourite fiction, children's and YA and non-fiction from last year (though not necessarily published then).
My new book was published in 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, where I explain how it came about, why I love the original stories so much, and some of the threads my own book picks up, in a modern context.
The launch party was held 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.
"Poignant, thoughtful ... Newbery's teenagers feel somewhat old-fashioned, but her sensitive portrayal of grief and recovery is superlative." Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian
6 CHELSEA WALK is the new series title for what used to be called HISTORICAL HOUSE - six separate stories, two each written by Adele Geras, Ann Turnbull and myself. The whole series is being relaunched by Usborne, each story coinciding with a significant anniversary, and with this lovely new cover art by Tiziana Longo.
GIRLS FOR THE VOTE is already out, together with Adele's GIRLS BEHIND THE CAMERA and Ann's GIRLS WITH A VOICE. The three remaining titles will follow soon. Read more on the Middle Grade fiction page.
2018 was 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.
This gave me the welcome chance to speak at schools and festivals about women's struggle for the vote, and even to dress up as a suffragette.
UNTIL WE WIN was shortlisted for the Young Quills prize, awarded by the Historical Association.
LOOKING FOR GREAT READS?
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 will celebrate our third birthday this year, with a special guest reviewer.
Here are links to my own latest choices there:
Suffragettes in Fiction: novels for adults and teenagers
Take Nothing With You by Patrick Gale
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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