I write books for all ages from two to teen. Discover them here!

OUT NOW: Chosen

“I didn’t expect to see an LGBT theme in a book like this (I don’t know why…), but it was really refreshing and felt natural. This is a great sequelContinue Reading

OUT NOW: The Little Green Drum (Early Reader)

Published by Orion Children’s Books (May 2015) Samia’s dad is very important. Every Ramadan he wakes the whole village up in time for breakfast. But this year, things are differentContinue Reading


‘[a] sparkling thriller packed with historical intrigue, humour, loyalty and poison.’ Amanda Craig, New Statesman ‘A fascinating book with its well realised characters, depiction of religious faith and unblinking descriptions of the desperateContinue Reading

OUT NOW: Beasts of Olympus series

  Starred review for Beast Keeper from Publishers Weekly USA ‘In this rippingly funny first book in the Beasts of Olympus series, readers get an alternate perspective on classic GreekContinue Reading

Captain Beastlie’s Pirate Party

Illustrated by Chris Mould published by Nosy Crow and coming in the USA from Candlewick Press in October 2014 Who’s the grubbiest pirate on the high seas? Why, it’s CaptainContinue Reading

Bear’s Best Friend

Illustrated by Sarah Dyer published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books Bear has lots of friends, but he doesn’t have a best friend. No matter how hard he looks, he just can’t find one. Until,Continue Reading

Atticus the Storyteller’s 100 Greek Myths

Illustrated by Anthony Lewis published by Orion Children’s Books Shortlisted for 2004 BBC Blue Peter Book Award Atticus the Storyteller leaves his home in Crete and sets out on anContinue Reading

Greek Beasts and Heroes – 12-Book Series

Illustrated by Anthony Lewis published by Orion Children’s Books Embark on a journey through the ancient world and enjoy the greatest stories ever told! The original Atticus the Storyteller’s 100 GreekContinue Reading

Coll the Storyteller’s Tales of Enchantment

Illustrated by Anthony Lewis published by Orion Children’s Publishing Summary Save now the Treasures all hidden. Warriors fight in lands forbidden and fire and danger ring the Merlin’s nest. BeforeContinue Reading

Hootcat Hill: A Novel

Published by Orion Children’s Books Why I loved writing this book Hootcat Hill really started with my son’s obsession with owls. We were doing some research on a project together,Continue Reading

Down in the Daisies

Illustrated by Emily Bolam published by Orion Children’s Books A first counting book in rhyme, which takes in weather and different baby animals all around the world. See how theContinue Reading

King Ocean’s Flute

Illustrated by Peter Malone published by Orion Children’s Books Paulo the shepherd boy drives his family mad with his humming, so his grandfather gives him an old flute to distractContinue Reading

First Rhymes

Illustrated by Selina Young A book of new rhymes, games and songs for 3-6 When the paperback of One Hungry Baby was published, I was asked to do a new version ofContinue Reading

One Hungry Baby

A bedtime counting book for 2+ Illustrated by Sue Hellard This was my first-ever picture book, and it starts like this: “One hungry baby, two front teeth, three dribbly chinsContinue Reading

One Smiling Sister

Illustrated by Emily Bolam A rhyming counting book for nursery school age all about going to school. How many children can you count? Published by Dorling Kindersley 2000 Now sadlyContinue Reading

Nigel’s Numberless World

Illustrated by Neal Layton Nigel (or Neil in the USA) can’t understand why numbers are so important. But then he gets a magic watch for his birthday and WHIZZ! BANG!Continue Reading

Rosie Rabbit Books

Illustrated by Patrick Yee Two pre-school lift-the-flap books about a little rabbit. Published 1996 by Orchard Books. Now out-of-print, but can sometimes be found in the Welsh edition in onlineContinue Reading

Retellings and Anthologies

I like doing retellings. You can find some of my non-Greek and Celtic myth retellings, and also some of my original short stories in the books below. I have threeContinue Reading