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Amazing Authors in August!

Summer is finally here! In three words, tell us how are you spending your summer this year?!

Writing another world!


Childhood memories - what was summertime in your childhood like?

When I lived London: box-kart races down Gloucester Crescent, melted ice-lollies dripping on the pavement, dusty grass, friends next door, reading the Beano. And then, when we moved to the country: walking through orchards, arguing with my brother, rain, reading, bike rides, being bored, more rain, soggy sandwiches on pebbly beaches.


Where would you most like to Get Caught Reading this summer & why?

In a tranquil harbour on a beautiful boat, waiting for to set off on an adventure.


You create amazing characters in your books! Which one would you choose to spend summer with & why?

Thank you! This is a tough one to answer, as there are so many people I’d love to spend time with. I was very tempted just to go sailing with Nicko, but I think really it has to be Marcia Overstrand. And why? Well, time spent with Marcia might not be entirely comfortable, but one will never forget it. She’s very decisive too, so there would be none of the normal holiday dithering: “what shall we do today – oh, I don’t know – what would you like to do?” I’m also thinking of all the stuff I can ask her, particularly about her childhood, as I’d really like to write about that one day. But the real reason is I like Marcia very much indeed. And I suspect we might have a lot of fun.


Reading is the ultimate escape! Which book ‘world’ would you escape to for summer & why?

Am I allowed my own world? If so then that’s where I’d go, particularly to the Castle. But if not, I’ll spend the summer exploring Titus Groan’s Castle of Gormenghast. It will be endlessly fascinating and full of the strangest people. I would hope to swim in a pool on the roof somewhere—although no doubt it would be full of weed and frogs—and then find a banquet for supper and sleep in a crumbling turret. Yes, there is definitely a Castle vibe going on here….


Summer survival - name the three most essential things you take on holiday?

Kindle, box of pencils, sketchpad.


Summertime selfie – who would you have a selfie with this summer & why? (Fictional, historical, alive today)

Henry VIII – then I’d run for it, fast. I’d stick the photo on the wall below the huge old painting of him we have of him there.


Summertime travel – train, plane, automobile or other?

Boat, please.


Inside or outside - best place to be creative in the summer?

Walking outside for ideas, inside (sadly) for actually writing them.


Stuck on permanent summer vacation? What three books would you choose to have with you?

Restoration by Rose Tremain

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh



Thank you for participating - have a great summer!

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We wanted to find out what some of our amazing authors get up to in the summer months! Are they furiously writing their next masterpiece, surfing the seven seas, trekking through the Himalayas or curled up in the sun with a good book? Read on to find out more...



Angie Sage


"Angie Sage was born in London and grew up in the Thames Valley, London and Kent. After leaving school Angie started illustrating books before writing her first novel, Septimus Heap: Magyk which was published in 2005. A further six Septimus Heap titles followed. The series has been published in 28 languages selling over a million copies worldwide.  Angie lives in a fifteenth-century house in Somerset and has two grown up daughters. When she gets the chance she loves sailing her boat, Muriel, and all things to do with the sea."


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