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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

Predator Cities 1: Mortal Engines

Predator Cities 1: Mortal Engines

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2015

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 Philip Reeve's brilliantly-imagined creation, sets the scene for a stunning quartet of action-packed novels set in a richly inventive world.  Big cities gobble up smaller ones and London rules above them all. Tom Natsworthy, a third class apprentice in the Guild of Historians, has the adventure of his life after he sets out to try to find out what has happened to his parents. With a cast of inventive characters including Shrike, Anna Fang and Stalker, a deadly robot killer with a human brain, and cities whose imaginary and multi-layered architecture dazzles, this is a creation on a vast and imaginary scale.   A comment from the author's publisher and Editor, Marion Lloyd Philip Reeve's Predator Cities quartet defies easy categorisation, but its brilliantly inventive fantasy world immediately grabbed the attention of readers, reviewers and literary prize-givers as soon as the first book appeared. There are now five inspiring adventure stories (including Fever Crumb, the prequel to the quartet), 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.   Charlie Higson, April 2012 Guest Editor: "Reeve is my favourite living children’s author. His book, Here Lies Arthur, is a really clever and exciting reworking of the King Arthur legends that looks at the power of story telling, and his Predator Cities quartet was one of the series I looked at when I was starting to write for kids. I wanted to take the temperature, get some tips and pointers – how complex could you make the stories? How much violence was permitted? Could you kill off swathes of favourite characters? The answer was you can do what you like if you write well and draw your readers in, two things that Reeve does masterfully. The concept of this series – that in the future the oceans will dry up and our cities will be placed on giant caterpillar tracks so that they can trundle around fighting each other, is irresistible. Even if you think you don’t like sci-fi, you’ll love these adventures.   To read the Predator Cities series in order: 1) Mortal Engines 2) Predator's Gold 3) Infernal Devices 4) Darkling Plain   Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers.  To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.   If you love Philip Reeve's Predator Cities sequence you should also read Haywired by Alex Keller.  Also, click here to read Alex Keller's interview with Philip Reeve in The Solitary Bee.

Predator Cities 4: A Darkling Plain

Predator Cities 4: A Darkling Plain

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2012

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 technologies where the world of the traction era and mobile cities fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic future.  Truly action-packed and set in a richly inventive world with a cast of inventive characters.  It is a creation on a vast and imaginary scale.   A comment from the author's publisher and Editor, Marion Lloyd Philip Reeve's Predator Cities quartet defies easy categorisation, but its brilliantly inventive fantasy world immediately grabbed the attention of readers, reviewers and literary prize-givers as soon as the first book appeared. There are now five inspiring adventure stories (including Fever Crumb, the prequel to the quartet), 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.   A reader review from Hugh: "It is a brilliant mix of action, suspense and emotion.  I love how you can really understand the character's feelings. Hester isn't just Hester, but a sad woman who lives with a robot. She has a kind heart but pretends not to show it.  I have now read the full series and I will be sad because there won't be another!"   Charlie Higson, April 2012 Guest Editor on Lovereading4kids says: "Reeve is my favourite living children’s author. His book, Here Lies Arthur, is a really clever and exciting reworking of the King Arthur legends that looks at the power of story telling, and his Predator Cities quartet was one of the series I looked at when I was starting to write for kids. I wanted to take the temperature, get some tips and pointers – how complex could you make the stories? How much violence was permitted? Could you kill off swathes of favourite characters? The answer was you can do what you like if you write well and draw your readers in, two things that Reeve does masterfully. The concept of this series – that in the future the oceans will dry up and our cities will be placed on giant caterpillar tracks so that they can trundle around fighting each other, is irresistible. Even if you think you don’t like sci-fi, you’ll love these adventures.  The fourth and final brilliant and breathtaking instalment in Philip Reeve's award-winning quartet. To read the Predator Cities series in order: 1) Mortal Engines 2) Predator's Gold 3) Infernal Devices 4) Darkling Plain Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers.  To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.   If you love Philip Reeve's Predator Cities sequence you should also read Haywired by Alex Keller.  Also, click here to read Alex Keller's interview with Philip Reeve in The Solitary Bee.  

eBooks of the Month
Predator Cities 2: Predator's Gold

Predator Cities 2: Predator's Gold

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2012

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 blend of past and future technologies where the world of the traction era and mobile cities fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic future.  Truly action-packed and set in a richly inventive world with a cast of inventive characters.  It is a creation on a vast and imaginary scale.   A comment from the author's publisher and Editor, Marion Lloyd Philip Reeve's Predator Cities quartet defies easy categorisation, but its brilliantly inventive fantasy world immediately grabbed the attention of readers, reviewers and literary prize-givers as soon as the first book appeared. There are now five inspiring adventure stories (including Fever Crumb, the prequel to the quartet), 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.   Charlie Higson, April 2012 Guest Editor on Lovereading4kids says: "Reeve is my favourite living children’s author. His book, Here Lies Arthur, is a really clever and exciting reworking of the King Arthur legends that looks at the power of story telling, and his Predator Cities quartet was one of the series I looked at when I was starting to write for kids. I wanted to take the temperature, get some tips and pointers – how complex could you make the stories? How much violence was permitted? Could you kill off swathes of favourite characters? The answer was you can do what you like if you write well and draw your readers in, two things that Reeve does masterfully. The concept of this series – that in the future the oceans will dry up and our cities will be placed on giant caterpillar tracks so that they can trundle around fighting each other, is irresistible. Even if you think you don’t like sci-fi, you’ll love these adventures.  The second brilliant and breathtaking instalment in Philip Reeve's award-winning quartet. To read the Predator Cities series in order: 1) Mortal Engines 2) Predator's Gold 3) Infernal Devices 4) Darkling Plain   If you love Philip Reeve's Predator Cities sequence you should also read Haywired by Alex Keller.  Also, click here to read Alex Keller's interview with Philip Reeve in The Solitary Bee.  

eBooks of the Month
Predator Cities 3: Infernal Devices

Predator Cities 3: Infernal Devices

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2012

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 daughter, Wren, but they are far from out of trouble as the 'Lost Boys' are back.  The 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.  Truly action-packed and set in a richly inventive world with a cast of inventive characters.  It is a creation on a vast and imaginary scale.   A comment from the author's publisher and Editor, Marion Lloyd Philip Reeve's Predator Cities quartet defies easy categorisation, but its brilliantly inventive fantasy world immediately grabbed the attention of readers, reviewers and literary prize-givers as soon as the first book appeared. There are now five inspiring adventure stories (including Fever Crumb, the prequel to the quartet), 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.   Charlie Higson, April 2012 Guest Editor on Lovereading4kids says: "Reeve is my favourite living children’s author. His book, Here Lies Arthur, is a really clever and exciting reworking of the King Arthur legends that looks at the power of story telling, and his Predator Cities quartet was one of the series I looked at when I was starting to write for kids. I wanted to take the temperature, get some tips and pointers – how complex could you make the stories? How much violence was permitted? Could you kill off swathes of favourite characters? The answer was you can do what you like if you write well and draw your readers in, two things that Reeve does masterfully. The concept of this series – that in the future the oceans will dry up and our cities will be placed on giant caterpillar tracks so that they can trundle around fighting each other, is irresistible. Even if you think you don’t like sci-fi, you’ll love these adventures.  The third brilliant and breathtaking instalment in Philip Reeve's award-winning quartet. To read the Predator Cities series in order: 1) Mortal Engines 2) Predator's Gold 3) Infernal Devices 4) Darkling Plain   Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers.  To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.   If you love Philip Reeve's Predator Cities sequence you should also read Haywired by Alex Keller.  Also, click here to read Alex Keller's interview with Philip Reeve in The Solitary Bee.

eBooks of the Month
Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2018

The first book in the award-winning Mortal Engines quartet. In a dangerous future, huge motorized cities hunt, attack and fight each other for survival. As London pursues a small town, young apprentice Tom is flung out into the wastelands, where a terrifying cyborg begins to hunt him down. 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. Mortal Engines won the coveted Gold Smarties Award. Now a feature film of the same name, starring Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan and Hugo Weaving. Produced by Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson.

Audiobooks of the Month

Other books by Philip Reeve

Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep

Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2021

Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep by Philip Reeve

Kevin and the Biscuit Bandit: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

Kevin and the Biscuit Bandit: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/05/2021

Welcome to another brilliantly quirky adventure story from creative powerhouse Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. Bumbleford has been hit by a series of biscuit thefts. All the clues lead straight to the only roly-poly flying pony in town, and Max's best friend, KEVIN! Max and Kevin are forced to go on the run. Will they find the real culprit before Kevin ends up in pony prison?

Kevin and the Biscuit Bandit

Kevin and the Biscuit Bandit

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Welcome to another brilliantly quirky adventure story from creative powerhouse Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. Bumbleford has been hit by a series of biscuit thefts. All the clues lead straight to the only roly-poly flying pony in town, and Max's best friend, KEVIN! Max and Kevin are forced to go on the run. Will they find the real culprit before Kevin ends up in pony prison?

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

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

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2020

When famous pop star Misty Twiglet moves to Bumbleford she wants to meet roly-poly flying pony, Kevin - it's so exciting - she promised him biscuits! But when Kevin is captured in Misty's back garden, things become serious and there isn't a biscuit in sight. Kevin's best friend Max and his sister Daisy must come to the 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 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 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 Vs Dwarves (NE)

Goblins Vs Dwarves (NE)

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback 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 astonishing mysteries 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.

Goblin Quest (NE)

Goblin Quest (NE)

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

The third fantastically exciting novel set in a land of magic from 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 astonishing mysteries 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 (NE)

Goblins (NE)

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

A wild world of magical creatures and heroic adventure from the 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.

A Web of Air

A Web of Air

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

The fabulous sixth book in the Mortal Engines series, from the 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.

Night Flights

Night Flights

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback 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.

Mortal Engines (Ian McQue boxset x4)

Mortal Engines (Ian McQue boxset x4)

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback 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.

Station Zero

Station Zero

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

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.

Station Zero

Station Zero

Author: Philip Reeve Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/10/2018

Station Zero by Philip Reeve

Mortal Engines - Krieg der Stadte

Mortal Engines - Krieg der Stadte

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Ebook Release Date: 22/08/2018

"e;Mortal Engines - Krieg der Stadte"e; ist der Auftaktband zu Philip Reeves monumentaler Fantasyserie voller Luftschiffe und Piraten, Kopfgeldjager und Aeronauten - und fahrender Stadte. Niemand hatte mit einem Attentat gerechnet. Als das Madchen mit dem Tuch vor dem Gesicht ein Messer zuckt, um den Obersten Historiker Londons, Thaddeus Valentine, umzubringen, kann ihm der junge Gehilfe Tom in letzter Sekunde das Leben retten. Er verfolgt das Madchen, das jedoch durch einen Entsorgungsschacht in die Auenlande entkommt. Dass Valentine, statt seinem Retter zu danken, den Jungen gleich mit hinausstot, konnte ebenfalls beim besten Willen keiner ahnen ...Damit beginnt Toms abenteuerliche Odyssee durch die Groen Jagdgrunde zuruck nach London. Begleitet wird er von der unbeirrbaren Hester Shaw, die fest entschlossen ist, den Mord an ihren Eltern zu rachen. Sie treffen auf Sklavenhandler und Piraten, werden von einem halbmenschlichen Kopfgeldjager verfolgt und von einer Aeronautin namens Anna Fang gerettet. Und all das, wahrend Valentine plant, mittels einer Superwaffe aus dem Sechzig-Minuten-Krieg die Feinde der fahrenden Stadte zu vernichten ...Fur Leser von Philip Pullman oder J.R.R. Tolkien und Fans von Peter Jackson."e;Mortal Engines - Krieg der Stadte"e; ist der erste Band des "e;Mortal Engines"e;-QuartettsBand 2: Mortal Engines - Jagd durchs EisBand 3: Mortal Engines - Der Grune SturmBand 4: Mortal Engines - Die verlorene Stadt

A Darkling Plain

A Darkling Plain

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2018

In the fourth and final brilliant installment of Philip Reeve's award-winning quartet, after twenty years, the devastating world war between the predatory Traction Cities and their enemies is ending. Wren and her father Tom Natsworthy travel the Bird Roads in their airship, trying to forget Hester's betrayal. But in the ruined wreckage of the city of London they make a discovery that changes everything. And Hester faces an implacable foe with the means and the will to destroy the entire human race. 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 with a fantastic and eye-catching cover featuring new artwork.

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