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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, snoozing, painting


Childhood memories - what was summertime in your childhood like?

Best ever was during the HOTTEST SUMMER EVER – 1976 in August in the Lake District. Our entire family was crammed into a caravan on a farm near Ullswater. Every morning we would take a picnic breakfast to the shore of the lake. I had the whole summer’s Marvel comics to reread.


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

Mid-August and in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris. I’ll be reading in one of the big green chairs they leave lying around under the trees.


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

The transdimensional adventuress Iris Wildthyme, aboard her Celestial Omnibus. She has the best time of anyone I know.


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

I’d like to see what was going on in Narnia in August. They probably have some kind of fabulous festival, with all kinds of talking animals running about.


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

Filled book bag, drawing book and paints, journal.


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

Mumfie the elephant from the 1930s books by Kathleen Tozer, and his friend Scarecrow, I think.


Summertime travel – train, plane, automobile or other?

I love being on planes.


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

Outside, but under the trees in the shade.


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

They’d have to be three books that are good to reread over and over… Armistead Maupin’s ‘Maybe the Moon’, Jonathan Carroll’s ‘The Land of Laughs’ and Susan Cooper’s ‘The Dark is Rising.’



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...



Paul Magrs

Paul Magrs lives near Manchester, writing full time.  He’s published a number of YA novels; five original Doctor Who novels with BBC books, and over twenty original Doctor Who audiobooks / full cast dramas produced by Big Finish Productions and BBC Audio / Audiogo. The first in his epic Sci-Fi series Lost on Mars was published in May 2015 to critical acclaim and the sequel The Martian Girl will be published in Autumn 2016.


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