Friday, October 21, 2016

CILIP Carnegie Medal Nomination

BAD APPLE has been nominated for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal

'The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards. Often described by authors and illustrators as 'the one they want to win' - they are the gold standard in children's literature.'

Thursday, October 20, 2016

new Wreckages

Here's a new track from the Wreckages project:


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Username: Regenerated

Last year,  I was part of the creative team that worked with YouTube star, Joe Sugg, on his record-breaking graphic novel, USERNAME: EVIE. Today sees publication of the sequel, USERNAME REGENERATED.

Judging by this cartoon taken from the book, I haven't aged in 12 months, which is just how it should be.

Friday, March 25, 2016

New Novel

"Topical and thought-provoking, this mad, 'bad' book is also tremendous fun."
Daily Mail

From the acclaimed author of THE SAVAGES comes a riotous black comedy and brand new breed of outcast.

Uptight schoolboy, Maurice, struggles in a world that’s taken a feral turn. Ever since a human subclass crept out of the sinkholes and hid among us, just one thing gives them away. Their offspring hit adolescence and boom! They transform into seriously anti-social monsters. 

The trolls, as they're less-than-affectionately known, are everywhere: in the streets, our classrooms and all over the internet. The solution? To contain these incurable troublemakers in vast, secure settlements.

A school bus tour through one such sprawling urban zone is intended to be educational for Maurice and his classmates, but an unexpected event unwittingly turns the schoolboy into a wanted troll freedom fighter. Together with Wretch, a habitual fire starter with a heart of gold, and with reluctant support from social worker Candy Lau, Maurice is forced to go on the run and even shake up the system while he’s at it.

In this unique celebration of unlikely friendships – teeming with unacceptable behaviour - BAD APPLE takes trolling to another level while inviting us to take a long, hard look at ourselves.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Side Project

I was in a band as a teenager. The most notable thing about us was the fact that we blagged our lighting rig from Bauhaus. All I remember about those gigs is being so blinded by strobes that we just turned up the volume and hoped for the best. I turned to writing once we went our separate ways, but never lost interest in making music.

So, in between books over the last few years, I've returned to my first love. Wreckages is an instrumental project available for free streaming and download. 

All tracks on this first release, Come to Rest are composed, performed and produced by me, on and off from 2013 - 2015. The last two tracks contain samples from street recordings, and come to you with a parental advisory label. Rock and roll.

And now back to the day job...