Read Interview with Philip Reeve
Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for a number of years while also co-writing, producing and directing a number of no-budget theatre projects.
Philip then began illustrating and has since provided cartoons for around forty children’s books, including the best-selling Horrible Histories, Murderous Maths and Dead Famous series.
Philip has been writing stories since he was five, but Mortal Engines was the first to be published. Mortal Engines defies easy categorisation. It is a gripping adventure story set in an inspired fantasy world, where moving cities trawl the globe. A magical and unique read, it immediately caught the attention of reviewers and book buyers. It was shortlisted for several awards and was the Gold Award winner at the Nestle Smarties Book Prize 2002 and the winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year at the 2003 Awards.
The follow-up to Mortal Engines, Predator’s Gold, was published in September 2003 and has been widely acclaimed. It was also selected for the YA Best Books by the American Library Association, 2005.
In 2007 Scholastic published the stand-alone title Here Lies Arthur. An utterly captivating, original and thoroughly 20th Century re-telling of Britain’s most enduring legend, the novel went on to win the highly prestigious Carnegie Medal.
2009 sees the eagerly-anticipated release of Fever Crumb, a stunning, stand-alone prequel to Mortal Engines, set generations before the events in the quartet, when cities were just beginning to devour each other.
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Philip has also written a series for younger readers, Buster Bayliss. Buster always seems to attract trouble and is soon caught up in far-fetched but hilarious adventures. He has also written and illustrated the definitive guide to Nelson for the Dead Famous series and recently wrote the Victorian space adventure, Larklight. Philip illustrated the brilliant Urgum the Axeman series.
Philip lives on Dartmoor with his wife and son, and his interests are walking, drawing, writing and reading.
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