Archive for October, 2017



Hope to see some of you at one of these events:

Saturday 25th November, 5.30-6.30pm, Hay Winter Festival, How To Stop Time event with Stephanie Merritt, book tickets here

6th December,  7.00-9.00pm, Steyning Bookshop Christmas evening, info coming soon


If you would like to invite me to an event please contact Claire Maxwell -


Father Christmas and Me is out now

613vfevhd9L._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_The final book in my Christmas trilogy is published today. You can order it here. Here’s the blurb from the back of the book:

It isn’t always easy, growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas.

For one thing, Elf School can be annoying when you have to sing Christmas songs everyday – even in July – and when you fail all your toy-making tests. Also it can get very, very cold.

But when the jealous Easter Bunny and his rabbit army launch an attack to stop Christmas, it’s up to Amelia, her new family and the elves to keep Christmas alive. Before it’s too late . . .

Also, the paperback of The Girl Who Saved Christmas is also out today!51ivMhTgGRL-1._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_






How To Stop Time is shortlisted for a Books Are My Bag Readers Awards


  How To Stop Time is up for a Books Are My Bag Readers Awards in the popular fiction category. Please do vote here.


Chris Riddell illustrated edition of How to Stop Time

51rEtXc-SKL._SY346_Chris Riddell is illustrating How To Stop Time. He’s done 60 wonderful pictures and the illustrated edition will be out on 7th November. You can pre order here.


Radio 2 Book Club

How to Stop Time is a Radio 2 Book club choice. You can download a sample of the book on the BBC website.