Two reviews for Return to Wonderland!

July 10, 2019

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I’m delighted that Return to Wonderland, the anthology I’m part of, had not one but TWO reviews this weekend, in The Times and the Sunday Times.

‘Drink me! It’s hard not to lap up this collection of short stories by some of our greatest contemporary children’s authors, inspired by Alice. Peter Bunzl (Cogheart) focuses on the Duchess’s son; Robin Stevens, crime queen, tries to save Alice from Wonderland; and Piers Torday wonders how the Cheshire Cat got his smile. I particularly loved Patrice Lawrence’s tale of Honour the hedgehog, from a family of croquet balls.

The Times, Saturday 7th July 2019

As adaptations of Alice in Wonderland tour the country this summer, and as Oxford celebrates Alice’s Day, this collection of stories inspired by Carroll offers more matter for enthusiasts. Eleven authors pay tribute in tales that are variously playful (Pamela Butchart’s updating of Wonderland); impassioned (Swapna Haddow’s hymn to the importance of librarians and Lauren St John’s plea on behalf of bees and all animals); inventive (Robin Stevens’s view from Alice Liddell’s elder sister, or Patrice Lawrence’s from the perspective of a hedgehog croquet ball) as well as, in many cases, puzzling, dark, punning, hallucinogenic. Most coherent is Piers Torday’s origin myth — in which the elements of the story come together. Like the original, this is one for ambitious readers.

Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times, Sunday 8th July 2019

I’m so pleased to see that this book is getting such lovely attention – and it’s the perfect time for year for it, too! Saturday was Alice Day, a day that’s all about Alice in Wonderland, and to celebrate, Patrice Lawrence, Amy Wilson and I visited Blackwell’s Oxford Westgate to talk about the anthology and our stories. We had such a wonderful time – and we even met the White Rabbit AND Alice herself!

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Exciting news, Detectives: the numbers are in, and Death Sets Sail is floating at the very top of the charts! It’s the NUMBER ONE paperback in the UK, it’s NUMBER FOUR overall in the UK children’s and YA chart (in the week that we got a new Stephenie Meyer and a new Jeff Kinney) and it’s NUMBER TWELVE of all books sold in the UK. That’s ALL books, not just kids!
Death Sets Sail is out now – and my publisher Puffin thought you might want to celebrate that fact! They’ve put together a (socially distanced) party pack to help you and your friends wave goodbye to the series in style.
‘the story unfolds neatly and is satisfyingly twisty. It has a strong sense of place … and two budding romances, and explores the powerful bonds of friendship as girls grow up.’
At the end of a series, you want a big finish. Something to make the series go out with a bang. Well, Robin Stevens did just that with Death Sets Sail. Packed with suspense throughout, and unimaginable twists and turns, Death Sets Sail was without a doubt the best book in the Murder Most Unladylike series.
I have another event coming up next week – a live Q&A and reading in partnership with the Arvon Foundation’s Arvon at Home programme on Tuesday 11th August at 4pm. You can book tickets NOW – they’re £3 per screen – and I hope as many of you as possible will log on!
Because it’s publication day, I’m sharing a video of me reading from the first chapter of Death Sets Sail. But beware … the first chapter contains the first SPOILER! So watch … if you dare!

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