Welcome to my website


Hi! Here is a picture of the desk where I’ve written many of my books.

To take this photo, I had to squeeze right up into one corner of my tiny office. My wheezy old laptop has been my trusty sidekick for years. On the window sill, you can see the plaster bust of Shakespeare I’ve had since I was a teenager (it’s a bit chipped these days) and my little model of the starship Enterprise (the NX-01, for all you Trekkers out there). That’s my beloved Doctor Who mug on the desk. On the left, you can see the start of the bookshelves which tower over me.

Believe it or not, I’ve had a big tidy-up. Normally, my desk is piled high with all kinds of rubbish. Please ignore the half-eaten cheese sandwich.

Hello Solihull! Hello Bolton!

bently NEW_LOGO_WHITEHi to everyone at Bentley Heath Primary in Solihull, I’m looking forward to meeting you all on Wednesday 11th March. Hello also to all at Red Lane Primary in Bolton, I’ll see you on Wednesday 18th! Don’t forget, there’ll be signed books available to buy on both days, all at £5.99 (or just £4.99 with a World Book Day voucher)

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Info on writing and writers

Have a look at the writing tips on my blog. Here are my latest posts on…

…advice about writing:

 Writing tips: smarten up your sentences  •   Writing tips: syntax? What’s syntax?  •   Writing tips: common grammatical errors  •   Writing tips: grammar and punctuation did-you-know?  •   Writing tips: a lesson in plotting from EastEnders  • 

…famous writers:

 A quick guide to horror stories  •   A quick guide to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (and Sherlock Holmes)  •   A quick guide to J.R.R.Tolkien  •   A quick guide to the Brontë sisters  •   A quick guide to Jane Austen  •  
…books and their history:
 The history of books part 5: the beginnings of literature  •   The history of books part 4: seven more books that changed the world  •   The history of books part 3: how a guy called Gutenburg changed the world  •   The history of books part 2: a book isn’t a book it’s a codex  •   The history of books part 1: where writing came from  •  
Have a look at the Be a writer: FAQs & Facts page

You can find my books at…

…most online booksellers, or at your nearest bookshop – if they haven’t got the title(s) you want on the shelf, just ask and they can order it for you. Ebook editions are often cheaper than the printed versions, sometimes much cheaper. You can read ebooks on your phone or tablet, you don’t need an ereader.

Click here to get my books at…
The Book Depository (often cheaper than Amazon)
Amazon UK
The Hive (the independent bookseller network)
WHSmith (limited selection)
ebooks at Kobo

My latest books are:

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Patron of Reading

perrywoodPOR_seal_120x120_blackI’m delighted to say that I’m currently Patron Of Reading at Perry Wood Primary School in Worcester. I made my first visit to the school on 22 October, and I was really impressed by the thoughtful questions each year group asked me, and the creative ideas they came up with. More news on my blog.

Click here to go to Perry Wood’s website, or click here for more information on the Patron Of Reading scheme.

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