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Philip Reeve - 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

If you like Philip Reeve you might also like to read books by Chris Wooding.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Philip Reeve

Predator Cities 1: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
Predator Cities 1: Mortal Engines
Philip Reeve
The Predator Cities quartet is a stunning blend of past and future technologies where the world of the traction era and mobile cities fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic future. The publication of Mortal Engines, the first in the quartet launched...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2015
Predator Cities 4: A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve
Predator Cities 4: A Darkling Plain
Philip Reeve
Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2006. All the interweaving stories of the first three titles in the Predator Cities quartet are brought together in this breathtaking climax. The quartet is a stunning blend of past and future...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/06/2012
Predator Cities 2: Predator's Gold by Philip Reeve
Predator Cities 2: Predator's Gold
Philip Reeve
Tom and Hester's adventure continues in the amazing world Reeve created in the Predator Cities quartet. They flee from the 'fire' of London into the 'frying pan' of the once beautiful ice city of Anchorage. The quartet is a stunning...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/06/2012
Predator Cities 3: Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve
Predator Cities 3: Infernal Devices
Philip Reeve
This is the third of what is already considered to be a classic in the Predator Cities quartet that will be read by children for many years to come. Time has moved on and Tom and Hester might have a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/06/2012

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