Writing Life

Giant news!

No three things post today … just one HUGE thing instead. Small! has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2023!

I can’t thank all the amazing booksellers at Waterstones enough for championing Small! from the start – from hosting the launch party to inviting me in for events and letting me scrawl my name inside their copies. I’ve loved every second.

Giant thanks also go to:

  • my brilliant indie publisher, Everything With Words . It’s great to be flying the flag for small (but mighty) presses with this prize
  • Rory Walker, Small’s illustrator. So much of the book’s humour comes from Rory’s wonderfully daft artwork – he brings the words to life in ways I could never have imagined
  • my agent, Lydia Silver, for believing in Small! (even when the big publishers turned it down). It wouldn’t have found a home without her.

Waterstones announces the overall winner on 30th March. Until then, expect me to pop up with my book stamps and signing pen in Waterstones branches everywhere.

Here’s a mini gallery of my signing excursions so far.

Oh, and if you haven’t read Small! yet, do pick up a copy in your local Waterstones. You could even pre-order the sequel, Small Bites Back, too 😀

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