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.

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Writing tips

If you want advice on how to be a writer, I have a Writing Tips page, or you could look at the writing tips on my blog. Here are my latest posts on…

…advice about writing:

 Writing tips: exercises for improving your writing  •   Writing tips: some story starters for Key Stage 2  •   Writing tips: telling your story from a point of view  •   Writing tips: why is English spelling so difikult… duffacelt… strange?  •   Writing tips: some nuts and bolts for your writing toolkit  • 

…famous writers:

 A quick guide to the history of children’s books  •   A quick guide to William Shakespeare  •   A quick guide to Charles Dickens  •  

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

I’m currently working on:

  • A couple of books similar to this one.
  • The fourth title in the SWARM series.

When I last counted them up (Autumn 2014) there had been 71 separate titles with my name on the cover, since my very first book appeared in 1997 (more if you include various ebook editions and online stuff as well.) At a rough estimate, they total a little over 1,000,000 words. That’s more than Shakespeare, but far fewer than Dickens!

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.