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Ian Beck - Author

About the Author

AN BECK is a familiar name to the Doubleday/Corgi lists with his previous successful picture books. A freelance illustrator for over twenty years (including such notable artwork as the record cover for Elton John's Yellow Brick Road album), Ian turned to writing and illustrating children's books on the birth of his own first child.

 

Q & A with Ian Beck

1.  When did you first start to write stories or draw?

I drew incessantly as a child, but came late to writing stories.

2.  In general, where do your ideas come from?


From life or from other stories

3.  What made you write this book?


The main character of Tom Trueheart popped into my head and refused to go away, he demanded to have his stories told.

4.  What have you enjoyed most about working on this book?

The process of trimming changing and cutting the book from the first draft, and working with the editor and designer on the whole book, design, illustrations, layout etc.

5.  What is your earliest memory?


Being sent to bed early in summer and looking enviously out of the bedroom window at other children playing happily in the sunlit street.

6.  What did you enjoy most at school?


At school I enjoyed Art classes and drama, I managed to appear in two Shakespeare productions at school which gave me a lifelong love of Shakespeare.

7.  Of all the places you have lived, where have you felt most at home and why?

Where I live now in the western suburbs of London surrounded by the song of Blackbirds and near the Thames.

8.  Is there a particular holiday destination that you have visited that you would love to return to?


A little seaside town in France called St Jacut De La Mare.

9.  Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your pets, past or present?

We have no pets at the moment, although we have had two very nice Hamsters over the years.

10.  What would you say is your greatest talent?

Noticing things in detail and long term patience.

11.  What new skill – it can be anything at all – would you love to learn?


Although much too old I would love to surf the beaches of Cornwall.

12.  What is the most unusual job you have done?

Singing as part of a cabaret group in restaurants in Soho.

13.  What is your most treasured possession?

A beautiful and immaculate copy of Now We Are Six by A A  Milne which was given to me for a birthday present many years ago.

14.  Is there a particular book, author, or film that had a great impact on you in your childhood?

Book: The Just William stories by Richmal Crompton. Film: Forbidden Planet.

15.  What are your hobbies?

Listening to film music and going to the cinema as often as possible.

Featured books by Ian Beck

Other books by Ian Beck

The Bakery of Happiness

The Bakery of Happiness

Author: Ian Beck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2019

Paul du Pain's bakery is a very special place. Each day, Paul bakes the bread while Marie serves customers in the shop. Everyone who walks in the door walks back out feeling happier than before. But when Marie goes away, Paul's days become sad and grey. Without her, the bakery's magic is gone. Will Paul ever be able to win her back? A charming, heartfelt and timeless tale from an award-winning author-illustrator.

The Magic Hour

The Magic Hour

Author: Ian Beck Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/04/2019

One long, hot summer Lily and Rose are playing out amongst the garden of a large country house, when they spot a strange light. It must be fairies! They are determined to catch the fairies and sneak out at sunset to find them. However, things aren't always what they seem - will Lily and Rose be disappointed? Or perhaps what they find is magical in its own way? Based on the world-famous John Singer Sargent painting, Carnation, Lily, Lily Rose, Ian Beck brings the subjects to life and reveals an inspirational world behind the painting.

The Carmody Casebooks

The Carmody Casebooks

Author: Ian Beck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2017

'A cracker . . . Utterly convincing' Philip Pullman The Disappearance of Tom Pile When bright lights are spotted above a tiny village in Dorset, the locals suspect German bombers. Jack Carmody believes otherwise. He is part of a secret government department, set up to explore the supernatural and the unexplained. Then a boy - Tom Pile - is discovered, alone and scared. Tom went missing forty years ago The Miraculous Return of Annick Garel One year later two French fishermen see strange lights over the channel - and discover the body of a girl, still alive. Annick Garel drowned in a storm thirty years ago. Both children have powers that could change the course of the Second World War. Both sides in that war want their secrets These are two extraordinary stories. These are the Casebooks of Jack Carmody.

Grey Island, Red Boat

Grey Island, Red Boat

Author: Ian Beck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2016

Everything on the Island of Ashes is grey, from the weather to the castle, the grass and the flowers. But then the red boat arrives, and with it a young man who believes he is cursed - everything he touches turns to colour. Princess Opal and the people of the island are enchanted, but the King is suspicious and imprisons Wendell. Opal must find a way to escape to a life filled with love and colour. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

The Casebooks of Captain Holloway: The Disappearance of Tom Pile

The Casebooks of Captain Holloway: The Disappearance of Tom Pile

Author: Ian Beck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2015

On a bitterly cold winter's night in 1900, a young boy disappears without trace from the forest near his home in the quiet village of Litton Cheney. He is never found, but the man he was with claims he was snatched by angels. Forty years later, Corporal Jack Carmody is sent to investigate strange reports of mysterious lights above Litton Cheney. The villagers suspect German bombers overhead, but Carmody knows there's something far more intriguing going on. And when a terrified boy appears in the graveyard, convinced it's the year 1900, it's up to Carmody and his boss - the charismatic Captain Holloway - to uncover the truth.

The First Third Wish

The First Third Wish

Author: Ian Beck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2013

A charming fairytale. When a newly - qualified fairy loses the third wish of three she must deliver to a woodcutter, young Dickon finds it. There is no limit to the number of times a lost wish may be used, and soon there are sparkly cats and magic lemonade bottles all over the place! Can fairy Cobweb find the wish and put a stop to Dickon's magic? A joyous and whimsical read by a much - loved author and illustrator. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

Samurai

Samurai

Author: Ian Beck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2013

Following his desertion of his fellow warriors on the battlefield, a lone Samurai and his faithful dog Cho journey together. When he stops at a village, he finds that its inhabitants are plagued by an evil demon. Will the Samurai be able to defeat the demon and redeem himself in the eyes of the gods? Atmospheric myth from Japan. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers.

Rapunzel Band 13/Topaz

Rapunzel Band 13/Topaz

Author: Ian Beck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Locked away inside a cold, stone tower for many years, the beautiful Rapunzel is desperate to escape. But is there any way out? Created to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Grimm brother's first book, this fabulous retelling by Ian Beck breathes new life into this well-known tale. * Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * Text type: A retelling of a traditional tale * Curriculum links: Citizenship. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Haunting of Charity Delafield

The Haunting of Charity Delafield

Author: Ian Beck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2012

Flame-haired Charity Delafield has grown up in a vast, isolated house - most of which she is forbidden to explore - by her strict, cold father. With only her kindly nurse, Rose, and her cat Mr Tompkins for company, she knows very little of the outside world - or of her own family's shadowy past. What she does know is that she is NEVER to go outside unsupervised. And she is NEVER to over-excite herself, because of the mysterious 'condition' that she has been told she suffers from. But Charity has a secret of her own. All her life, she has had the same strange dream - a dream of a dark corridor, hidden somewhere in the house. Then, one day, Charity stumbles across the corridor. It leads to a door . . . and suddenly she realises things are not quite what they seem.

Tom Trueheart and the Land of Myths and Legends

Tom Trueheart and the Land of Myths and Legends

Author: Ian Beck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2011

Tom is determined to rescue his father, Jack the Giant-Killer, from the clutches of the dastardly Ormestone. But to do so he will have to venture into the most dangerous territory of all, the Land of Myths and Legends. Tom is brave and true, but can he overcome such terrors as the ferocious Norse dragon, an angry Cyclops and, worst of all, the hungry Minotaur waiting in the centre of the labyrinth? Join Tom in his third epic adventure as he faces dangers and creatures galore in the land of Myths and Legends.

Tom Trueheart and the Land of Myths and Legends

Tom Trueheart and the Land of Myths and Legends

Author: Ian Beck Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2010

Tom is determined to rescue his father, Jack the Giant-Killer, from the clutches of the dastardly Ormestone. But to do so he will have to venture into the most dangerous territory of all-the Land of Myths and Legends. Tom is brave and true, but can he overcome such terrors as the ferocious Norse dragon, an angry Cyclops and-worst of all-the hungry Minotaur waiting in the centre of the labyrinth? Join Tom in his third epic adventure as he faces dangers and creatures galore in the land of Myths and Legends.

Samurai

Samurai

Author: Ian Beck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2010

A masterless samurai and his faithful dog take on terrifying demons to save a beautiful girl. Atmospheric and thrilling myth from Japan. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers

Pastworld

Pastworld

Author: Ian Beck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2009

Pastworld. A city within a city. A city for excursions and outings. Pastworld is a theme park with a difference, where travellers can travel back in time for a brush with an authentic Victorian past. But what if the Jack the Ripper figure stopped play-acting and really started killing people? For Caleb, a tourist from the present-day, his visit goes terribly wrong when his father is kidnapped and he finds himself accused of murder. Then Caleb meets Eva Rose, a Pastworld inhabitant who has no idea the modern world exists. Both Caleb and Eva have roles to play in the murderer's diabolical plans - roles that reveal disturbing truths about their origins.

Alone in the Woods

Alone in the Woods

Author: Ian Beck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2008

Teddy is guarding the picnic, but suddenly the wind goes whoosh. Before he knows it, Teddy is floating high into the sky with Lily's kite. Soon the wind drops and Teddy tumbles down into the trees but he realises he's all alone...or is he?

Tom Trueheart

Tom Trueheart

Author: Ian Beck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2007

Tom Trueheart wants to be an adventurer like his six older brothers. They're all employed by the Story Bureau to take the lead in any number of thrilling tales - tales which mean they have to rescue red-hooded young ladies or climb outlandishly large beanstalks. Each story is started off by the Story Bureau and it's up to the adventurer to make of the story what he will. But this time something's gone wrong - none of the stories are being finished and none of the Trueheart brothers have returned home. Now Tom will get his chance to be a hero - he must set off to the Land of Stories and find out what has happened to his brothers and bring them back.

Tom Trueheart The Secret History of Tom Trueheart - Boy Adventurer

Tom Trueheart The Secret History of Tom Trueheart - Boy Adventurer

Author: Ian Beck Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2006

Tom Trueheart wants to be an adventurer like his six older brothers. They're all employed by the Story Bureau to take the lead in any number of thrilling tales - tales which mean they have to rescue red-hooded young ladies or climb outlandishly large beanstalks. Each story is started off by the Story Bureau and it's up to the adventurer to make of the story what he will. But this time something's gone wrong - none of the stories are being finished and none of the Trueheart brothers have returned home. Now Tom will get his chance to be a hero - he must set off to the Land of Stories and find out what has happened to his brothers and bring them back.