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Father Christmas and Me

51gle3qzt6l-_sx323_bo1204203200_51hw64dflhl-_sx321_bo1204203200_There will be another Christmas story out in October, called Father Christmas and Me. I’m just finished the final edit and Chris Mould is busy working on the illustrations. There’ll be more information very soon.


Reasons to Stay Alive 2nd bestselling non-fiction book of 2016

41vXO7rd8YL._SX363_BO1,204,203,200_Reasons to Stay Alive was a Sunday Times number one bestseller and the 2nd best-selling non-fiction book of 2016. Thanks to everyone who has bought it and for your very kind emails and letters. I do read them all and am slowly working my way through my replies. Apologies for taking so long!


Film / News

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.




Book News / Books


Thanks to the wonderful rights team at Canongate my books have found some lovely homes around the world. (For any further information on international rights please contact the Canongate Rights team.)

American edition of Reasons to Stay Alive
The American edition of Reasons to Stay Alive is published by Penguin and is available now.

Reasons to Stay Alive will be published by:

Argentina (World Spanish) by Emecé / Grupo Planeta

Brazil by Intrinseca

Canada by HarperCollins

China by Ginkgo Beijing Book

Croatia by Mazaik

Estonia by Varrak

Finland by Basam Books

France by Editions Philippe Rey

Germany by DTV

Greece by Patakis

Hungary by Libri Könyvkiadó Kft.

Israel by Matar

Italy by Ponte Alle Grazie (Mauri Spagnol)

Lithuania by Sofoklis

Netherlands by Lebowski

Norway by Libretto forlag

Poland by Sonia Draga

Portugal by Porto Editora

Slovakia by Premedia

South Korea by KPI Publishing

Spain Catalan by Editorial Empúries (Grup 62)

Sweden by Massolit

Taiwan by CommonWealth Magazine

Turkey by Kolektif

USA by Penguin

UK Large Print by F. A. Thorpe


9780399552656 A Boy Called Christmas is published in America by Knopf


A Boy Called Christmas will be available in:

Canada by HarperCollins

China by Xiron Books

Finland by Basam Books

France by Hélium Editions

Germany by DTV

Greece by Patakis

Hungary by Libri Könyvkiadó Kft.

Italy by Adriano Salani Editore (Mauri Spagnol)

Japan by Nishimura

Lithuania by Tyto Alba

Netherlands by Moon (Overamstel Uitgevers)

Norway by Cappelen Damm

Poland by Zysk

Portugal by Booksmile

Romania by Nemira

Russia by AST

Serbia by Vulkan

South Korea by Mirae-N

Spain by Destino Juvenil (Planeta)

Sweden by Alfabeta Bokforlag

Taiwan by Eastern Publishing

USA by Knopf BFYR (PRH)

The Humans is published by:

Brazil by Grupo Editorial Pensamento

Canada by HarperCollins

China by Xiron Culture and Development

France by Hélium Editions

Germany by DTV

Greece by Klidarithmos

Hungary by Pesci Direkt

Italy by Einuadi

Japan by Hayakawa

Poland by Dom Wydawniczy PWN

Russia by Sindbad Publishers

South Korea by Mirae-N

Spain by Roca Editorial

Spain Catalan by Editorial Empúries (Grup 62)

Sweden by Massolit

Taiwan by Spring International Publishers

Thailand by ClassAct Publishing

Turkey by Kolektif

USA by Free press (Simon & Schuster)

Large print America by Thorndike

UK Audio by Audible

UK Large Print by W. F. Howes

Cover The Humans
(Japanese cover of The Humans by Shinsuke Yoshitake)

Kids News

The Girl Who Saved Christmas is out today

My new children’s book, The Girl Who Saved Christmas, is published today in hardback. And A Boy Called Christmas is out in paperback too.  You can order them from lots of online stores such as HiveWaterstones, WHSmith or Amazon. Or you can find it in your local bookshop. Merry Christmas!51hw64dflhl-_sx321_bo1204203200_51gle3qzt6l-_sx323_bo1204203200_