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Home About Me My Blog Free Online Books News Gallery Listenerís Corner Peter Pan in Scarlet IMPORTANT NEWS!  A solution to the mystery of Monacello 3  I am very sorry to say that it has been decided not to go ahead with .publication of the final part of the Monacello trilogy(That's how the book industry is right now, I'm afraid.) I feel really badly towards readers who, having bought the first two books, have been left hanging.    So I have decided to PUBLISH PART THREE,  Monacello:  Anything but Perfect, RIGHT HERE, ON THE WEBSITE.   In due course, I am hoping all three books can published in one satisfying volume for people coming to the story for the first time. But for those of you who have already embarked on Monacello's search for his roots, the concluding adventure of the  'Little Monk' is available here, free of charge, NOW!  Just go to the Books logo, Book of the Moment and click on Monacello: Anything but Perfect. Home About Me My Blog Free Online Books News Gallery Listenerís Corner Peter Pan in Scarlet Books Featured Books Book of the Moment Usborne Piblishing Anthology Orchard Books Monacello Anything But Perfect Plays
August 23: Edinburgh International Book Festival. I shall be joining Caroline Lawrence at the Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre to talk about our latest books at 2.00 p.m. This Saturday Caroline Lawrence and I are on together at the Edinburgh Book Festival.  Caroline will be talking about her Wild West series and I  The Middle of Nowhere September: I shall be revisiting The Story Museum to recount some myths and legends. If you are visiting the Exhibition that day come along for 11-30 or 2-00. I would be delighted to see you. http://www.storymuseum.org.uk/.
‘ How I made an Exhibition of myself’. The Story Museum in Oxford – if you find yourself in the town, make a beeline for it – come up with some really unusual events.  None is more wildly ambitious than the idea to get 26 authors, dress them up as the story character they liked best when they were children, and get a world-class photographer to take pictures of them.  Cambridge Jones – a fabulously famous photographer of VERY famous people – agreed, and the result is an exhibition which runs from now till November. Each author (actually they’re not all authors) has a room which has been turned into  a story grotto, complete with clouds or trees or snow or a ship’s deck…. Spread over three floors of the vast rambling Museum which used to be a telephone exchange. Jamila Gavin’s is so warm and pretty that it transports you to a foreign land.  There’s a ‘through-the-wardrobe’ Narnia, Philip Pullman as Long John Silver…it seems a shame to spoil the surprise, though. You have to go and see it for yourself. There’s even a recording of each story that you can listen to while taking in the surroundings. Here I am, then.  And no I’m not going to tell you who I am, because you have to guess. But if you want a clue: there’s a very big monster, a very small insect and  a splendid horse. If you want to know more, pay a visit to http://www.storymuseum.org.uk/
© Cambridge Jones
Coming to a cinema near you… Exciting news about The Middle of Nowhere! Good, clever people want to turn it into a movie, shot in Australia. Simon Reade and Guy de Beaujeu  (who made the film of Private Peaceful) think they can make it happen, and I believe them.   Though shortlisted for The Little Rebel Book Award, Middle of Nowhere was pipped at the post by Gillian Cross’s After Tomorrow , a brilliant story based on the idea “These things don’t just happen to other people.  They could easily happen to you.”  Don’t be misled by the name of the prize – I think any young person determined to change the world for the better might be mightily put off and offended by being called a “Little Rebel”, and After Tomorrow is not a  book for littlies but for hulking great rebels aged  ten or more.   The good news is that The Positively Last Performance has been shortlisted for the U.K.L.A. Award  Check out the shortlist yourself, and see if any of your favourite reads of the year have made it into the running.   http://www.ukla.org/download.php?file=/downloads/Book_details_3-6_UKLA_shortlist_2014.pdf   http://www.ukla.org/download.php?file=/downloads/Book_details_7-11_UKLA_shortlist_2014.pdf
Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, August 29 & 30 @ 7-30 pm, a new musical       based on  ‘Not The End Of The World’ performed by the Youth Music Theatre
October 8 – I shall be at the Cheltenham Festival talking about Stories of WWI at 11-45.  See the Festival website for detail
“I am my books” Graham Greene
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