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My new children's book, To Be A Cat, is out now. Read the first few pages here.

I'm going to be stretching my legs a couple of times over the next month:

Firstly for a Guardian Writing Masterclass with my expert editor Francis Bickmore on Saturday 11th Feb at 2pm at the Guardian building in London.

And then for World Book Day on 1st March at Jubliee Library in Brighton.This will be two events. One about my kids stuff and another about The Radleys.

Coming up:

UK edition
Canongate Books

York Literary Festival, Waterstones, 31st March.

Hay on Wye,, some time between 31st May - 10th June

Edinburgh Book Festival,, 11th - 27th August

To Be A Cat is just out in the UK, published by Random House. It will be published by Simon and Schuster in America next year.

The illustrations are by the wonderful Pete Williamson.

In other news, I've finished my next adult book. I think it's my best.


The Radleys is up for a Galaxy National Book Award, which is great, especially as there is a universal ban preventing any book with vampires in from being up for anything. Oh, and it also won the public vote in the TV Book Club.

I also had a great time doing events and meeting readers in Iceland and Sardinia, and - closer to home - the Beverley Literature Festival. On that note, I'm going to be doing a couple of library events next month (while libraries still exist). They will be in Leicester (7th November), Gateshead (17th November) and Carlisle (26th November). Will post more details as I get them.

Also, I received some beautiful proof copies of To Be A Cat, my kid's book, which is out next year.

That's all. Thank you, lovely unknown people.


Hello! If you have an urge to watch me on the telly I can be seen walking around my native York and talking about my book on More 4 on Sunday August 7th at 7.30 pm. The show is repeated on Channel 4 on Saturday August 13th at 12.30 pm. If you have a spare moment and fancy voting for The Radleys to win the title of best in the series please do!

Also, I am very much looking forward to attending and appearing at the Reykjavik International Literature Festival 7th - 11th September, which should be wonderful, not to mention two weeks later nipping off to Olbia in Sardinia for a literature event on 30th September.

In October I'll be closer to home, at Beverley Literature Festival on October 7th, doing two events there - one your standard standing up and reading jobbie while the other will be a creative writing workshop, which should be fun.

And have just heard the official launch date for the American paperback of The Radleys will be 20th September.

JUNE 2011

The UK paperback edition of The Radleys is out this month. This is a month earlier than planned owing to the rather exciting news below. Oh, and here's the cover, complete with Martin Parr photograph:

UK cover (Canongate)

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I can now reveal that The Radleys has been chosen by the TV Book Club as one of the Summer Reads. It will be featured on the show on More4 on 7th August at 7.30pm and repeated on Channel Four on 8th August at 12.30pm.

Also, have had a sneak peek at the American paperback and am equally impressed with the cover. Going to have to wait a bit longer for this one - it's out in September:

American cover (Free Press)

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I've also just updated the reviews page for The Radleys, so if you want to read what the press have been writing about it click here. And if of course you want to buy the book in the UK click here, or in the US click here.