My favourites

An AMAZING illustrator

This is Kerry Hugill, who did the brilliant illustrations for The Red-Letter Day.

Kerry Hugill

Kerry lives in South Africa, so we’ve never met – but I hope you’ll agree she did an amazing job bringing Jenny and all the other characters and places in my new Suitcases book to life. Kerry is a graphic designer, too – check out a selection of her other fab work on

KERRY SAYS: ‘It was tremendous fun for me. I enjoyed bringing out the quirkiness of the characters. I hope they capture the imaginations of the readers as much as they did for me! Including the detail of places such as Trinity’s university library, where the Book of Kells is displayed, was a challenge – but well worth it.’


Some wonderful books

I’ve been reviewing books for many years, mostly for adults. But now that I am a children’s author myself I’ll definitely be letting you know what ones I like for younger readers. So watch this space, please!

My favourite book for adults in recent months (do tell Mum or Dad about these if you like) was Beneath The Earth by John Boyne. This is a collection of short stories and the one about writers made me cry laughing! John Boyne also writes books for children – his The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas has won all kinds of awards, so check him out.

Beneath the Earth John Boyne

Another book I really enjoyed was a present from my school friend Gillian (hello, Gillian!) when I wrote my first book. Sci-fi isn’t normally my top pick, but I really enjoyed this one – it’s Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

And shhh! I do love the Paddington books by Michael Bond. Most of them are so well-loved they are falling to bits in my bookcase.

Finally, the wonderful Irish playwright Oscar Wilde wrote a lot of brilliant fairy tales for children – and, as you’ll know if you ever read my book The Red-Letter Day, I am a HUGE FAN of Oscar!

Fairy Tales

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There will be more book reviews, favourite places and people posted here – I’ll get cracking as soon as I can… promise! 

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