For years my daughter Isabel and I made up stories together about naughty little Charlie, the boy who could talk to cats. When she was about eight, she asked me to write them down... I was meant to be writing a novel for adults about love and death and Rachmaninov, but gradually Charlie took over. Our three novels about Charlie - LIONBOY; LIONBOY: THE CHASE and LIONBOY: THE TRUTH have been published in 36 languages, and have taken us across Europe and around the world to Argentina, Japan, Thailand and the US. We've sold the film rights twice - to Dreamworks, and to Warner Bros - but won't believe a film will happen till we're putting on our lipstick for the Premiere.
After Charlie came two more collaborations: LEE RAVEN: BOY THIEF, about loving stories, being a villain, living down the sewers and being a decent boy; and HALO, set in ancient Greece, which stars a beautiful girl in disguise as a boy, brought up by Centaurs and caught up with Spartan warriors and the Plague of Athens. Halo was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2010, and has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2011.
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