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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, Playing, Copenhagen.


Childhood memories - what was summertime in your childhood like?

I remember waking up and remembering that I didn’t have to go to school. It was the best feeling ever! I lived in a house surrounded by countryside so the Summer Holidays were mainly spent building dens, climbing trees, and playing football with my older brothers.


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

On holiday in Copenhagen. I’m going with my family soon so if I only get an hour to sit by myself in a café, read a book and eat a Danish pastry I’ll be happy. I also like reading in the bath but I’m not sure I’d like to be caught doing this as I’m probably supposed to be washing.


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

I would take Omynus Hussh as he is fairly easy to entertain and unlike some of the other pirates is completely toilet trained. I’d have to keep an eye on my holiday money though - He is a skilled pickpocket and is able to steal a passport and travellers cheques from the securest of bumbags.


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

Robinson Crusoes Island. Or Treasure Island - Any deserted island where tropical waters lap against a sandy shore. I would survive on a diet of grilled parrots and rare turtle eggs and would wear clothes knitted from the fibres torn from the trunk of a palm tree.


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

Toilet Roll, Mosquito repellent and a cudgel.


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

I’d have a selfie taken with Israel Hands from Treasure Island. We’d be up the rigging of the Hispaniola swigging rum. In the background you can see Treasure Island and the burning remains of the stockade we’d just successfully cannonballed.


Summertime travel – train, plane, automobile or other?

Walking. I would walk everywhere if I had time. You see much more that way.


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

I have all my best ideas outside and do all the hard work inside.


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

The first one would be Moby Dick by Herman Melville because it’s really, really long. I read it ages ago, skipped a few chapters, and gave up before the end because I lost my page and couldn’t face finding it again. The second would be My Side of the Mountain by Jean George because it was one of my favourite books growing up and I’ve read it a million times so I know I can read it a million times more. The last one would be the book I’m writing now. It’s half finished. I would like to finish it and read it. Then I would write it again but better.


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...



Will Mabbitt


"Will Mabbitt lives with his family in the south of England. He writes; in cafes, on trains, on the toilet, and sometimes in his head when his laptop runs out of power. Will is the author of The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones and was recently shortlisted for The Branford Boase Book Award. Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City, the second book in the series is out now and a third book is coming soon."


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