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Photograph by Chris Normandale
Photograph by Chris Normandale

The Key to Flambards

paperback due on 1st August

My new book was published in hardback last year 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

Lob - a Green Man story

I was so delighted with this Tweet from Dr Rebecca Garcia Lucas, teacher and children's book specialist, that I asked if I could post it here! She kindly agreed.


by and illustrated by supports children’s awareness of and connection with the living earth, based in Green Man mythology and Deep Ecology. These stories are needed more than ever. .

6 Chelsea Walk

- new series title, new look

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.


Read more on the Middle Grade fiction page.

Purple, White and Green

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. Read more about this specialist publisher and their excellent range of books here.


These books have given 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 ... 




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:


Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield and The Binding by Bridget Collins 

Suffragettes in Fiction: novels for adults and teenagers

Take Nothing With You by Patrick Gale

Walden by Henry David Thoreau


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