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Benedict Cumberbatch to star in How to Stop Time

9781782118619SunnyMarch and Studiocanal have acquired the film rights to How to Stop Time. Cumberbatch is attached to star and executive produce through SunnyMarch, along with Jamie Byng, CEO of Canongate.

How to Stop Time will be published on 6th July 2017. You can order it here. Here’s the blurb from the back cover:

‘I am old. That is the first thing to tell you. The thing you are least likely to believe. If you saw me you would probably think I was about forty, but you would be very wrong.’

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life.

Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover – working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He can try and tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom mustn’t do is fall in love.

How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to really learn how to live.

More info on the movie stuff is here.

 

 

 

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Books Are My Bag

bambreadersawardlogocroppedReasons to Stay Alive is up for a Books Are My Bag Award. They are the only book awards with shortlists curated by bookshops. If you fancy winning  £100 National Book Tokens please vote for Reasons!

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Stephen Fry and Carey Mulligan are to narrate

51vghvo6dgl-_sl300_ 61q2jschk8l-_sl300_Stephen Fry and Carey Mulligan are narrating the audiobooks for A Boy called Christmas and The Girl Who Saved Christmas! Having listened to them I couldn’t be more proud. It’s one of the most magical feelings. You can preorder here and here.

 

 

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Aarhus 39

aarhus-192x181Hay Festival is launching a European children’s literature festival to take place in Aarhus (the capital of culture in 2017), Denmark, from 25th to 29th October 2017. It will welcome 39 children’s and YA authors under the age of 40 from across Europe. I helped choose the 39 children’s authors along with Daniel Hahn, Kim Fupz Aakeson and Ana Cristina Herreros. The 39 authors will be announced soon.

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The Girl Who Saved Christmas

The Girl Who Saved Christmas is my next children’s book and will be published in UK on November 3rd. It’s the sequel to A Boy Called Christmas and tells the story of Father Christmas’s quest to find Amelia, the first child to wake up on the first ever Christmas morning, and the only person who can bring back the magic of Christmas. Here’s the cover reveal!