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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?!

Surrounded by boxes. (We’re moving house. Turns out it’s as stressful as everyone says it is!)


Childhood memories - what was summertime in your childhood like?

According to the photos, largely spent wearing swim pants in a paddling pool. That, and dressing up as Robin Hood. For no apparent reason.


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

Outside. Preferably on a picnic rug with a large glass of Rose. But, with two young kids, it’s more likely to be in my bed, with one eye already closed.


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

Probably Noa. She’s intelligent, fun and has a sense of humour. I might have chosen Raf as he’s cool with a mysterious side.


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

The world of Mistborn. Burning metals and leaping around castle walls in the night sounds pretty fun. The Inquisitors, less so.


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

Good books. Because.

Sun cream, as I’m part vampire.

Arm bands for the kids as I’d prefer them not to drown.


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

John Wyndham. He’s my hero. I cry everytime I read the Crysalids, and I’ve read it a lot. You have to respect that.


Summertime travel – train, plane, automobile or other?

Car. So we can play animal, vegetable or mineral in private, at least until my 5 year-old has got the hang of it.

Me: Does it live in England?

Her: I think so

Me: Is it bigger than a sheep?

Her: I think so

Me: Does it have fur?

Her: I’m not sure

Me: Aggghhhhh – I’ve missed the exit – I give up

Her: It’s an elephant


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

Inside, definitely. So I can see my screen and not get distracted. My local Café Nero is my makeshift office. Annoyingly it’s now also the makeshift office of a very loud furniture sales person. Grrrr!


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

The Death of Grass. Children of Men. Flowers for Algernon.  All amazing books that really make you think. And, what says summer more than dystopian end of days, infertility and intelligence experiments?



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...



Sarah Govett


Sarah Govett read law at Trinity College, Oxford. After qualifying as a solicitor, she set up her own tutoring agency, Govett Tutors, which specialises in helping children from all backgrounds. She has also written for children’s television. She has two young children, and lives in London with her TV presenter, stand-up comedian husband, Spencer Brown. Her first novel The Territory, a YA dystopian thriller, was published in May 2015.


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