There is no friend as loyal as a book.

Ernest Hemingway




In the aftermath of World War One, everyone is trying to rebuild their lives. If Ben is to avoid being sent back to the orphanage, he needs to find his brother Sam, wounded in action and now missing. Lotti's horrible aunt and uncle want to send her away to boarding-school (when she has just so successfully managed to get expelled from her last one!) Just as they think they've found their feet in the new order, disaster strikes, and Lotti and Ben must get away. Together they hatch a plan - to cross the Channel on Ben's narrowboat and find Sam, and something Lotti is looking for too... Buffeted by storms, chased by the police, Lotti, Ben and a growing number of dogs set out on an epic journey, on the search for lost loved ones and a place to call home.    SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD!!  BUY FROM BOOKSHOP.ORG READ AN EXTRACT INTERVIEW WITH BOOKS FOR KEEPS INTERVIEW WITH KIDS FUN RADIO   REVIEWS   "Inspiring, beautiful and utterly delightful, Voyage of the Sparrowhawk is a delicious emotional rollercoaster of a read that will stay with you forever.' Liz Hyder, winner of the Waterstones Childrens' Prize "Empowering, rollicking, wistful and joyful' Hilary McKay, winner of the Costa Book Award "Heaven sent out of a blue sky, it blew me far away on a wonderful adventure, and for a blissful while, I really was somewhere else' Piers Torday, winner of the Guardian Book Award "It had my heart from the very first pages" Lucy Strange, author of THE SECRET OF NIGHTINGALE WOOD and OUR CASTLE BY THE SEA   "One of the most compelling, joyous, tearjerking and delightful reads of the year" - The Sunday Times "A magnificent odyssey... it deserves prizes" - The New Statesman "Thrilling... deeply moving" - The Daily Mail   "Pure gold dust" - LoveReading4Kids "Friendship, kindness, bravery, determination and working together to make things happen (...) exciting adventure story (...) wonderful characters" Just Imagine  "It fills your heart, the writing is effortless and the storytelling sublime. An utter joy." Angels & Urchins "Superb and original story ... there is adventure, action and tension on every page" School Reading List "Engaging and exciting, this is a wonderful adventure story about two friends and their determination to never give up their last, tiny glimpses of hope" The Bookbag "A completely compelling story of love, friendship and unexpected surprises" Federation of Children's Book Groups "A beautiful, poignant book... filled with adventure, bravery, love, friendship, and hope" - Whispering Stories "A stunning read, beautifully told" - North Somerset Book Awards "A wonderful story of friendship, bravery and hope" The Week Junior "You will be cheering on the lovable, brave characters in this compelling story" The Scotsman   FABER AND FABER, September 2020 Rights sold:  France, Gallimard Italy, Edizione Piemme USA, WW Norton                

Read more
News  image


****NEWS KLAXON!!!****  I am beyond thrilled that VOYAGE OF THE SPARROWHAW has been shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2020! This is such a wonderful time for children's books in the UK, it's an absolute honour to be on this list with the very talented Darren Charlton, Jenny Pearson and Meg Rosoff.  Here is a picture of the marvellous Dobby, the rescue chihuahua with whom the story all began...

Read more