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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?!



Childhood memories - what was summertime in your childhood like?

Brittas Bay in County Wicklow, Ireland.  Four miles of white sand and dunes and one shop. The sun always seemed to shine – unusual for Ireland! We stayed in a caravan the first time and my sister and I had beach bags my mother made for us from a Blue Peter ‘make’ using tea towels, plastic bags and coat hangers. They were fantastic. One year we stayed at a B&B that had a donkey they fed Weetabix to.  I thought that was the greatest thing.  I used to pretend the rest of my family weren’t there and I was on an adventure on my own in a book!


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

On a beach in Cuba.  I’ve never been but I’d love to go.  I could brush up my Spanish and practice salsa dancing. (I love everything Spanish and Latino).


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

Ang  in The Best Medicine because he is Spanish and may have some Latino relatives in Cuba we could visit.  And he likes chocolate, so we’d get on really well.


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

Might be cheating on this but… the world of absolute freedom and adventure created in  Noel Streatfeild  novel The Growing Summer (Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone). Four London children are shipped off to nutty Aunt Dymphna in Co Cork, Ireland where they are allowed to do whatever they like and find a boy who is on the run. I was eleven when the teacher read us that book and I still love it.


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

2 books and one bottle of sunscreen (I’ve already got burned this year!)


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

Anthony Horowitz –  LOVE his books and fancy him a bit!


Summertime travel – train, plane, automobile or other?

Automobile definitely.  My son and I always loved doing road trips round Ireland. You don’t have to pack properly as you can just throw whatever you like in the car. You can stop any time you like and have car picnics or even drive around in your swimming togs if all your clothes get soaked on a boat trip near Hook Head (yes we did that – hope there isn’t a law against it).  PS  Hook Head is where Eoin Colfer likes to hang out-  hoped we’d spot him but didn’t. Boo.


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

Well, for me it is inside as I write in bed! But the mother in me would recommend you get out there and go explore, preferably on the beach but it doesn’t have to be sunny – you could tramp the dunes and pretend you were on the moon or a castaway on a desert island or...


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

I do like a laugh so… Jeremy Strong’s Stuff ; Harry Hill’s Whopping Great Joke Book; and since this vacation is permanent I’m also taking any David Sedaris book with me because he writes funny books for grown ups and presumably, I’d grow up on this vacation, eventually…


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...



Christine Hamill

"When Christine was eight years old and off sick from school, she read a book about an author and immediately thought – I want to do that.  Several decades later she finally got around to doing it!  She studied English Literature at university and fancied herself as a poet for a while before getting a day job.  She worked in the arts then trained as a teacher and worked in Spain, England and Northern Ireland.  She lives in Belfast with her teenage son (who sometimes finds her quite annoying)."  For more information visit


Christine's books include 'B is for Breast Cancer', a non fiction work for adults based on her own experiences.

'The Best Medicine' is a funny, moving brilliant story for 11years + published by Little Island Books to rave reviews.