Perhaps it’s because I’ve spent most of my life in one school or another, but September always makes me feel energetic, full of verve and with a curious impulse to buy stationery of all kinds; which I guess is a good thing, because this autumn is set to be very, very busy. To celebrate, I’m sending out a signed copy of DIFFERENT CLASS to Komal, from Karachi, who won my book selfies competition: thank you for all your contributions, folks; I enjoyed every one.

I’m also sending out a copy of RUNEMARKS to Ben, of Milton Keynes; chosen at random from the list of subscribers to my newsletter. If you’d like a chance at a signed copy for next month, sign up now and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you…

A POCKETFUL OF CROWS comes out next month, and I’ll be recording the audiobook next week in London (my first audiobook, so check it out on Amazon – you know how important pre-orders are to authors and publishers everywhere!) I’ll also be touring a lot – both alone and with the #Storytime band – so please check out my schedule to see if you can make it to any of my events.

Festivals! I’m taking bookings now, both for #Storytime and for readings.

If you’re interested, please get in touch: and if you’d like to book #Storytime, please do take a moment to read the BOOKING STORYTIME guidelines to make sure it’s right for your venue

For my US readers: the US edition of DIFFERENT CLASS comes out in paperback this month, and if you sign up for my newsletter, you’ll get a chance to win a copy.

And finally, here’s an exclusive  preview of what’s coming out next Spring: I think you’ll agree that my cover artist, Andreas Preis, has really outdone himself this time…