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A former national newspaper journalist, I write middle-grade historical fiction novels. My debut children’s book is The Tzar’s Curious Runaways – described as “brilliantly suspenseful and beautifully imagined” in a five-star review by The Daily Telegraph.
The Tzar’s follows three children escaping the cruelty of Peter the Great’s court. My next book comes out in 2020, about a Scottish girl, Indian boy, French acrobat and a tiger and is set around the Indian revolution of 1857.
I have also written a novel for adults, The Way Home, based around the true story of my great-grandad Bertie Anderson VC and his three brothers who were all killed in the First World War
I can do talks or workshops for children or adults on writing or journalism, or a mix of the two. Talks include plenty of interaction, readings from my books, how I find stories through history and how I work my story around history, as well as a guide to writing and the publishing process.