I have a kids website – it’s here if you want to take a look!

Have you ever wondered what Father Christmas was like as a boy? Well, my son, Lucas, did! A Boy called Christmas was my answer.


Here’s the blurb from the back cover:

You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas.

It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible.

A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and a boy called Nikolas, who isn’t afraid to believe in magic.

And here are some lovely quotes for the book:

“Terrific . . . An instant classic” (GUARDIAN)

“Read it!” (SUNDAY TIMES)

“Like enjoying the warmth of a good fire on a cold day . . . perfect for Christmas is every way” (INDEPENDENT)

“A new festive classic. Funny, sad and brilliant. It turns out we only knew half the story” (SIMON MAYO)

“The Christmas book of the year” (THE SUN)

“Matt Haig puts the Happy back into Christmas” (JEANETTE WINTERSON)

“Matt Haig has written the most evergreen, immortal Christmas story to be published for decades. Future generations will receive the same comfort and joy from A Boy Called Christmas that they derive from mince pies, snowmen and creamy liqueurs” (STEPHEN FRY)

“Will do for Father Christmas what Christopher Nolan did for Batman” (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

“Every bit as funny and poignant as a mouse that has never seen cheese but still believes in it!” (FRANK COTTRELL BOYCE)

“A glorious mix of fairytale, folklore and fun” (FRANCESCA SIMON)

“It will delight adults and children alike and has future classic written all over it” (THE BOOKSELLER)

“The funny (and heartbreaking) history of Ho, ho, ho! My children loved it too” (YANN MARTEL)

51hw64dflhl-_sx321_bo1204203200_The Girl Who Saved Christmas is my latest children’s book. 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.


Echo Boy is my first YA book. 

To Be A Cat
is my third kids book and the paperback is available in 
the UK and America

To Be A Cat UK cover

To Be A Cat American cover


Amanda Craig, The Times

‘very funny and surprising’
John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Here’s the back cover blurb:

Barney Willow thinks life couldn’t get any worse. He’s weedy, with sticky-out ears. Horrible Gavin Needle loves tormenting him – Barney has no idea why. And headteacher-from-hell Miss Whipmire seems determined to make every second of Barney’s existence a complete misery! Worst of all, Dad has been missing for almost a year, and there’s no sign of him ever coming home.

Barney just wants to escape. To find another life… Being a cat, for example. A quiet, lazy cat. Things would be so much easier – right?

Barney’s about to discover just how wrong he is. Because he’s about to wake up as a cat – and not just any cat. Gavin Needle’s cat…


To mark the occasion of the UK launch, the wonderful Pete Williamson has also redesigned the jackets of Shadow Forest and The Runaway Troll and they will be out May 2013 too.

“An outstanding piece of literature,” The Times
Visit the Shadow Forest website
Visit the Samuel Blink website


“Children with a taste for magic and fantasy will find both – and a dollop of humour – in this second tale of Samuel Blink . . . This entertaining thriller oozes comedy and suspense in equal measure” Daily Mail