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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?!

Reading, writing, sleeping.


Childhood memories - what was summertime in your childhood like?

I remember lots of long, lazy summer afternoons, usually in fields or woods, bicycling or just running about. And also reading lots of Agatha Christies in deckchairs.


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

I would like to Get Caught Reading with a nice long cool drink, and nothing to do the next day. Location could be anywhere.


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

I would choose to spend summer with the family of King Minos in the palace at Knossos, because I'd love to spend time in that echoing, shadowy place. And it would be nice and shady.


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

It would be nice to spend some time in Lorien, in Lord of the Rings - all those trees.


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

Books. Paper. Pens.


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

I disapprove of selfies, but if I had to do one, I would take one with Homer - just to find out who he was.


Summertime travel –  plane, train, automobile or other?

I really like trains, but not much beats an air-conditioned car if you're not driving.


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

I'm very much an inside person, but there's a nice tower in the house where we stay in Spain which looks out over the sea. I've had some good thoughts there.


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

I would have the complete works of Shakespeare, The Iliad, and Philip Sidney's Arcadia.




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...



Philip Womack

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Philip Womack, acclaimed author of 'The Other Book' and 'The Liberators', has already been likened to Alan Garner (The Times) and described as “the next JK Rowling” by The Evening Standard and The Daily Mail, and as one of the "best contemporary writers of children's fantasy" by Philip Reeve.  Currently literary critic for the Telegraph, Contributing Editor to the Literary Review and a judge of the Costa Children’s Book Award, Womack’s is also the Patron of Reading for Haringey.  His latest book, 'The King's Revenge' is the concluding episode of The Darkening Path Triology.


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