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Philip Reeve - Author

About the Author

Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for years while also producing and directing a number of no-budget theatre projects. Philip then began illustrating and has since provided cartoons and jokes for around forty books, including the best-selling Scholastic series Horrible Histories, as well as Murderous Maths and Dead Famous. He's been writing stories since he was five, but Mortal Engines was the first to be published.

Mortal Engines defies easy categorisation. It is a gripping adventure story set in an inspired fantasy world, where moving cities trawl the globe. A magical and unique read, it immediately caught the attention of readers and reviewers and won several major awards. Three more Predator Cities novels followed, and Philip's latest project are the Fever Crumb books, prequels set centuries before the events of Mortal Engines. Philip has also written Buster Bayliss, a series for younger readers, and stand alone novels including Here Lies Arthur, which won the Carnegie Medal. Philip lives in Devon with his wife and son and his interests are walking, drawing, writing and reading.

Philip Reeve's publisher, Marion Lloyd, describes his Predator Cities series:

 

“..inspiring adventure stories, in whose futuristic, post-apocalyptic setting, moving cities trawl the Earth. They attack and consume each other in wastelands where natural resources are scarce, and Ancient technology is fought for. Fast-paced, sometimes violent, always surprising and original, Reeve’s epic sequence of love, war and adventure are richly rewarding for both adults and children.”

Praise for Philip Reeve:

‘Conveys big truths while being witty and playful...clever and moving’ - The Sunday Times on Fever Crumb

‘Intelligent, funny and wise’ - Literary Review on Fever Crumb

‘I felt as if the pages themselves were charged with electricity... Fever Crumb is a terrific read, a sci-fi Dickens, full of orphans, villains, chases and mysteries’ - Frank Cottrell Boyce in The Guardian on Fever Crumb

‘Reeve drives his juggernaut of a talent through the streets of a mob-crazed futuristic London with Cecil B DeMille grandeur. Resent being suckered into sequels? Fever Crumb is a complete story – but it may prove addictive’ - Geraldine McCaughrean, Daily Telegraph on Fever Crumb

‘A bold, brightly honed narrative that grabs and holds the attention from the start’ -
Interzone on Fever Crumb

‘A masterpiece’ - Sunday Telegraph                       

‘Big, brave, brilliant’ - Guardian

‘A majestic achievement’ - Sunday Times                 

‘Mind bogglingly well-imagined’ - Independent

‘Marvellous… utterly captivating in its imaginative scope and energy’ - Daily Telegraph

 ‘Brilliant… an absorbing and emotionally engaging work’ - Amanda Craig, The Times

Featured books by Philip Reeve

Other books by Philip Reeve

Jinks & O'Hare Funfair Repair

Jinks & O'Hare Funfair Repair

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2019

The highly-anticipated fourth scintillating adventure from the amazingly talented team of Reeve and McIntyre. Emily loves living on Funfair Moon - especially when she gets to help Jinks & O'Hare, the extraordinary repair team. But when chaos strikes during a crucial funfair inspection, Emily has to act fast. Can she deal with a violent fudgesplosion, a gravity inversion, and a marauding candyfloss creature? Or does this spell doom for Funfair Moon? From the dynamic team who brought you Oliver and the Seawigs, Cakes in Space, and Pugs of the Frozen North comes this rip-roaring rollercoaster of adventure. A visual feast with stunning illustrations on every page.

The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2019

Max is a young boy living in an ordinary tower block. He longs for adventure in his life - then one day - DOOF! - a flying pony called Kevin crashes into his flat, blown in by a magical storm! The storm causes a huge flood and soon Max's town submerged by water. Luckily for the town, Max has a flying pony to come to the rescue, and luckily for Kevin, he has a new best friend and a constant supply of his favourite thing - biscuits. Together Max and Kevin will embark on many wild adventures together . . . This is the start of a hilarious new series brought to you by the creative and inspiring duo Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre and is packed with amazing two-colour illustrations.

Kevin's Great Escape: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

Kevin's Great Escape: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/08/2019

Kevin is a roly-poly flying pony. He has everything he needs - a constant supply of biscuits and his best friend, Max. Misty Twiglet is a famous pop star. She has everything she needs except for a perfectly quirky, one-of-a-kind pet. The roly-poly flying pony kind . . . When Kevin is kidnapped, Max and his sister daisy come to Kevin's rescue, and there's no way they're giving up on him without a fight.

Here Lies Arthur (Ian McQue NE)

Here Lies Arthur (Ian McQue NE)

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2019

Gwyna is just a small girl, a mouse, when she is bound in service to Myrddin the bard - a traveller and spinner of tales. But Myrddin transfroms her - into a lady goddess, a boy warrior, and a spy. Without Gwyna, Myrddin will not be able to work the most glorious transformation of all - and turn the leader of a raggle-taggle war-band into King Arthur, the greatest hero of all time.

No Such Thing As Dragons (Ian McQue NE)

No Such Thing As Dragons (Ian McQue NE)

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2019

A dragon story with a brilliant twist from multi award-winning writer, PHILIP REEVE. Ansel's new master slays dragons for a living. He says he's hunted the monstrous worms all over Christendom and has the scars to prove it. But is Brock just a clever trickster in shining armour? Ansel is sure there are no such things as dragons. So what is the man-eating creature that makes its lair in the crags of Dragon Mountain? Ansel and Brock must climb the ice face to discover the terrifying truth.

Goblins (NE)

Goblins (NE)

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

A wild world of magical creatures and heroic adventure fromthe extraordinary imagination of Philip Reeve. The squabbling goblins who live in the great towers of Clovenstone spend their time fighting and looting. Only clever young Skarper understands that dark magic created by a vanquished sorcerer is rising again. From the lands of men come fortune-seekers - and trolls, giants, cloud-maidens, boglins, swamp monsters, tree-warriors and bloodthirsty goblins are swept into a fabulous magical conflict to thrill all fantasy fans.

Goblin Quest (NE)

Goblin Quest (NE)

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

The third fantastically exciting novel set in a land of magicfrom the award-winning Philip Reeve. The heroes of GOBLINS & GOBLINS VS DWARVES continue their adventures outside the walls of Clovenstone castle. Awaiting Skarper and Henwyn are powerful dark forces that must be vanquished, monstrous creatures to be fought, and astonishingmysteries to be solved. They've fallen from the tower and battled the dwarves, now Skarper and his troop of hapless goblins must save the Westlands from a terrible fate: they're just not sure exactly what that terrible fate might be. Wannabe-hero Prince Rhind is trying to raise the long-lost land of Elvensea, unaware that it holds a terrible, dark power, and he's not going to let a bunch of goblins stop him from getting his glory. Chasing Rhind across land and sea, the goblins are off on the quest of their lives in this fantastically exciting and brilliantly funny final book in the GOBLINS series from the celebrated author of MORTAL ENGINES.

Goblins Vs Dwarves (NE)

Goblins Vs Dwarves (NE)

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

Another fantastically exciting novel set in a land of magic from the award-winning Philip Reeve. The heroes of GOBLINS continue their adventures outside the walls of Clovenstone castle. Awaiting Skarper and Henwyn are powerful dark forces that must be vanquished, monstrous creatures to be fought, and astonishingmysteries to be solved. A network of tunnels is sneaking into the heart of goblin territory. Skarper and his friends try to halt this underground invasion, but the dwarves - ruthless, cunning and covered in mole-droppings - are a dangerous enemy.

A Web of Air

A Web of Air

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

The fabulous sixth book in the Mortal Engines series, fromthe brilliant and award-winning Philip Reeve.Two years ago, Fever Crumb escaped the war-torn city of London in a travelling theatre. Now she arrives in the extraordinary crater city of Mayda, where buildings ascend the cliffs on funicular rails, and a mysterious recluse is building a machine that can fly. Fever is the engineer he needs - but ruthless enemies will kill to possess their secrets. Mortal Engines is now a major motion picture from Peter Jackson's studio,WingNut Films and stars Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan & Hugo Weaving.

Scrivener's Moon

Scrivener's Moon

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

The seventh awe-inspiring adventure in the World of Mortal Engines series by superb writer Philip Reeve, at the height of his powers.In a future land once known as Britain, nomad tribes are preparing to fight a terrifying enemy - the first-ever mobile city. Before London can launch itself, young engineer Fever Crumb journeys to the wastelands of the North to seek out the ancient birthplace of the Scriven mutants. In the chaotic weeks before battle begins, Fever finds a mysterious black pyramid. The extraordinary secrets it contains will change her world forever. Mortal Engines is now a major motion picture from Peter Jackson's studio,WingNut Films and stars Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan & Hugo Weaving.

Fever Crumb

Fever Crumb

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

The author of the best-selling and critically beloved Mortal Engines quartet has written a stunning, stand-alone prequel. Fever Crumb is set many generations before the events of Mortal Engines, in whose brilliantly-imagined world massive, predatory Traction Cities chase and devour each other. Now London is a static, overcrowded, riot-torn powerhouse that hides an explosive secret. Is Fever, adopted daughter of Dr Crumb, the strange key that will unlock its dangerous mysteries? Mortal Engines is now a major motion picture from Peter Jackson's studio,WingNut Films and stars Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan & Hugo Weaving.

Night Flights

Night Flights

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

Return to the world of Mortal Engines in this new book of three short stories about the rebellious young aviatrix, Anna Fang, illustrated by Ian McQue. A key character in the Mortal Engines book and film, this is your chance to learn more of her past. Night Flights includes Traction City, the 2011 World Book Day Book by Philip Reeve. In a dangerous future world where gigantic, motorised cities attack and devour each other, London hunts where no other predator dares. But Anna Fang - pilot, adventurer, spy - isn't afraid. The three stories show gripping, moving, exciting moments in Anna Fang's life: her childhood as a slave aboard the moving city Arkangel, a showdown against a robotic Stalker that is terrifyingly out of control and her free life as an intelligence agent for the Anti-Traction league that might not be quite as free as she hoped.

Larklight

Larklight

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2018

From the author of the international blockbuster Mortal Engines, adapted by visionary Peter Jackson, Larklight is an utterly unique and page-turningly brilliant Victorian space adventure Art Mumby is just a normal boy living in space, but all that changes when an ancient race of gigantic white spiders called the First Ones arrive to seize his family home, Larklight. Forced to flee, Art and his annoying sister Myrtle are chased across the galaxy, from the fiery rivers of Mars to the distant rings of Saturn. But the First Ones have trouble on their hands. They don't bank on Art falling in with Jack Havock and a motley crew of notorious space pirates ...

Station Zero

Station Zero

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2018

The stunning conclusion to the acclaimed and prizewinning Railhead trilogy. What happens after the adventure of a lifetime? For Zen, it's a safe, comfortable life of luxury. But it's not what Zen wants. He misses the thrill of riding the rails, of dodging danger, and of breathing the air of different planets. Most of all of course he misses Nova - lost to him forever in a distant world. But then one day a mysterious message arrives - and that's all Zen needs to head right off, ready for anything. Except that no one could be ready for what he finds . . . Thrilling, thought-provoking, and breathtaking, this finale to the Railhead trilogy weaves a web of wonder, full of characters and events you will never forget.

The Illustrated World of Mortal Engines

The Illustrated World of Mortal Engines

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed ofthe old North Sea. So begins Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines, the first book in his epic post-apocalyptic series of giant motorized cities on wheels. But how did the world end up like this? What led to the downfall of our civilization, and to the rise of the Traction Cities that roam the Great Hunting Ground to attack and devour each other? Now, for the first time, discover the untold future history of Traction. This lavishly illustrated book contains incredible tales of fearsome Zagwan warriors riding war-zebras into battle, daring air-traders flying the Bird-Roads in search of adventure, and the mysterious plague-ridden wasteland of the Dead Continent that was formerly known as 'North America'. This definitive companion guide includes detailed maps, fascinating character profiles, and stunning colour illustrations from incredible artists, including Ian McQue, David Wyatt, Aedel Fakhrie, Maxime Plasse, Rob Turpin, Philip Varbano and Amir Zand. MORTAL ENGINES is soon to be a major motion picture.

Mortal Engines (Ian McQue boxset x4)

Mortal Engines (Ian McQue boxset x4)

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

MORTAL ENGINES launched Philip Reeve's brilliantly-imagined creation, the world of the Traction Era, where mobile cities fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic future. Now, in time for the film debut, the critically acclaimed MORTAL ENGINES quartet is repackaged in a boxset with fantastic and eye-catching covers featuring new artwork.

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