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Published in paperback and ebook April 2014 by The Chicken House


Winner of The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2013, Brave follows Wild Horse and Blue Bird as they set out on the most dangerous adventure of their lives. Thirteen winters old they must fight spear, tooth and claw to survive against ferocious wolves, thunderous mammoths, a raging giant sloth. Storm, an orphaned sabretooth cub, and Blue Bird’s dog Paska, add to their perils; will their loyalty prevail to help the two runaways?

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Several Works-in-Progress – fiction and creative non-fiction

          Watch this space …



Favourite Books Read

It’s difficult to choose favourites as for me it’s often the one I’m currently reading, so the previous read becomes usurped by the next. There’s not enough reading time to read all the good books that exist. Therefore, I’ve only listed books I’ve read more than once, or would consider reading again. The lists are in no particular order, and If I made these lists in a month’s time they would likely change!


Children’s books read as a child

  • Aesop’s Fables

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • White Fang and Call of the Wild by Jack London


MG/YA books read as an Adult

  • I, Coriander by Sally Gardner

  • Skellig by David Almond

  • My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

  • The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

  • The Graveyard Book and Coraline by Neil Gaiman

  • The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke

  • Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

  • A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursual K Le Guin

  • Any Artemis Fowl book by Eoin Colfer

  • Goth Girl by Chris Riddell


 Adult fiction

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

  • Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter

  • Eve Green by Susan Fletcher

  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  • The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse

  • Chocolat by Joanne Harris

  • Any Dragons of Pern books by Anne McCaffrey


Adult non-fiction

  • Findings by Kathleen Jamie

  • Turtle Island by Gary Snyder

  • Birds Art Life Death: A Field Guide to the Small and Significant by Kyo Maclear

  • The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane

  • Nature Cure by Richard Mabey


"Her beautifully written novel, BRAVE, rose to the top in the recent judges' meeting. Wild animals and wild children make this a spirited and fiercely fun debut - a worthy winner!"

Barry Cunningham

Head Judge and

Head of Chicken House

March 2013

BRAVE is published by Chicken House, which was founded in 2000 by Barry Cunningham, famous for signing JK Rowling and her Harry Potter series.

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