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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

Railhead

Railhead

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/07/2016

Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017! Step Aboard - the Universe is Waiting. The Great Network is a place of drones and androids, Hive Monks and Station Angels. The place of the thousand gates, where sentient trains criss-cross the galaxy in a heartbeat. It is also a place of great dangers - especially for someone who rides the rails and rides his luck the way Zen Starling does. Once Zen was just a petty thief, stealing to support his family and living by his wits. Now everything has changed. Zen is still a thief - but it could be that the key to the whole universe rests on finding out what else he is . . .

Goblins

Goblins

Author: Philip Reeve Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 16: Gawain and the Green Knight

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 16: Gawain and the Green Knight

Author: Philip Reeve, Poet Pearl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2016

One snowy Christmas, the mysterious Green Knight rides into King Arthur's court and issues a fearsome challenge. One year later, young Sir Gawain rides out to find him. Will Gawain be able to fulfil his quest and prove that he is worthy to sit at the table of King Arthur? Escape into an epic medieval adventure, adapted from the famous 14th century poem. TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Railhead

Railhead

Author: Philip Reeve Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/04/2016

The Great Network is a place of drones and androids, maintenance spiders and Station Angels. The place of the thousand gates, where sentient trains criss-cross the galaxy in a heartbeat. Zen Starling is a petty thief from Thunder City. So when mysterious stranger Raven sends Zen on a mission to infiltrate the Emperor's train, he jumps at the chance to cross the galaxy in a heartbeat. But the Great Network is a dangerous place...

Pugs of the Frozen North

Pugs of the Frozen North

Author: Philip Reeve Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/03/2016

The Race to the Top of the World comes around once in a lifetime. The prize? Your heart's desire. Shen and Sika can't resist the chance to win. The path to victory is littered with snow trolls, sea monsters, and a gang of particularly hungry yetis. But Shen and Sika have something the other contestants don't have: 66 pugs. That's a 264 paw-powered sled.

Railhead

Railhead

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2015

Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017! Come with me, Zen Starling , she had said. The girl in the red coat. But how did she know his name? The Great Network is a place of drones and androids, maintenance spiders and Station Angels. The place of the thousand gates, where sentient trains criss-cross the galaxy in a heartbeat. Zen Starling is a petty thief, a street urchin from Thunder City. So when mysterious stranger Raven sends Zen and his new friend Nova on a mission to infiltrate the Emperor's train, he jumps at the chance to traverse the Great Network, to cross the galaxy in a heartbeat, to meet interesting people - and to steal their stuff. But the Great Network is a dangerous place, and Zen has no idea where his journey will take him... The long-awaited new blockbuster from Carnegie-medal-winning author Philip Reeve.

A Darkling Plain

A Darkling Plain

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

MORTAL ENGINES launched Philip Reeve's brilliantly-imagined creation, the world of the Traction Era, where mobile cities fight forsurvival in a post-apocalyptic future. The feature film is coming in December 2018! Agents for peace are bringing an end to the devastating conflict between the roaming Traction Cities and their fanatical enemies while Wren and her father Tom travel the Bird Roads in their airship, trying to forget that Hester has betrayed them. In the ruined wreckage of the city of London they make a discovery that will change the world, while Hester must face an implacable foe with the means and the will to destroy the entire human race. The fourth, spectacular instalment of the award-winning quartet. No 11-to-16-year-old should miss the superbly imagined debut novel from Philip Reeve - The Times This big, brave, brilliant book combines a thrilling adventure story with endless moral conundrums - The Guardian

Infernal Devices

Infernal Devices

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

MORTAL ENGINES launched Philip Reeve's brilliantly-imagined creation, the world of the Traction Era, where mobile cities fight forsurvival in a post-apocalyptic future. The feature film is coming in December 2018! Tom and Hester's daughter, Wren, longs to escape the peace of static Anchorage. She craves the dangerous adventures her parents once had - and a charming submarine pirate is ready to take her to sea. But the mysterious object that she steals for him ignites a conflict that will tear the whole world apart... No 11-to-16-year-old should miss the superbly imagined debut novel from Philip Reeve - The Times This big, brave, brilliant book combines a thrilling adventure story with endless moral conundrums - The Guardian

Predator's Gold

Predator's Gold

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

MORTAL ENGINES launched Philip Reeve's brilliantly-imagined creation, the world of the Traction Era, where mobile cities fight forsurvival in a post-apocalyptic future. The feature film is coming in December 2018! When Tom and Hester's scrapyard aircraft is pursued by rocket-firing gunships, they seek sanctuary in the speeding ice city of Anchorage. But it is no safe refuge. Devastated by plague and haunted by ghosts, Anchorage is heading for the Dead Continent... No 11-to-16-year-old should miss the superbly imagined debut novel from Philip Reeve - The Times This big, brave, brilliant book combines a thrilling adventure story with endless moral conundrums - The Guardian

Pugs of the Frozen North

Pugs of the Frozen North

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/08/2015

Winner of the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award 2016. The Race to the Top of the World! It comes around once in a lifetime, and the prize? Your heart's desire. Shen and Sika can't resist the chance to win, but competition is fierce. The path to victory is littered with snow trolls, sea monsters, and a gang of particularly hungry yetis. But Shen and Sika have something the other contestants don't have. Actually, they have 66 other things; pugs to be exact. That's a 264 paw-powered sled. Let the race begin! This beautifully illustrated story by the award-winning team of Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre will enchant fans of their previous books, 'Oliver and the Seawigs' and 'Cakes in Space'.

Cakes in Space

Cakes in Space

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Astra's family are all snoring in their sleeping pods, but Astra is WIDE AWAKE. With her friend, Pilbeam, she goes off exploring and soon finds out the ship is in deep trouble. It's been knocked off course and invaded by a gang of Poglites, an alien salvage crew searching for spoons. But even the Poglites need Astra's help when they discover something far more sinister lurking in the canteen... Sure, they're cakes; but no one would describe them as sweet! Another splendiferous adventure from dynamic duo, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre.

Oliver and the Seawigs

Oliver and the Seawigs

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2014

A lively, gorgeously illustrated story from Dynamic Duo, Reeve and McIntyre! Along with his new friends, a grumpy old albatross, a short-sighted mermaid, and a friendly island called Cliff, Oliver goes off in search of his missing parents. But before he can put his rescue plan into action there's the evil Stacey de Lacey and an army of greasy, green sea monkeys to contend with . . .

Cakes in Space

Cakes in Space

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2014

Astra's family are all snoring in their sleeping pods aboard their spaceship, but Astra is WIDE AWAKE. With her robot friend, Pilbeam, she goes off exploring and soon finds out the ship is in deep trouble. It's been knocked off course and invaded by a gang of Poglites, an alien salvage crew searching for spoonage (they just LOVE collecting spoons)! But even the Poglites need Astra's help when they discover something far more sinister lurking in the canteen. Sure, they're cakes; but no one would describe them as sweet. Another splendiferous adventure from dynamic duo, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, bursting with brilliant two-colour illustrations.

No Such Thing As Dragons

No Such Thing As Dragons

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

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.

Doctor Who

Doctor Who

Author: Philip Reeve Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2013

When the Fourth Doctor takes Leela to visit an immense tree space station known as the Heligan Structure, little do they know that the tree has been asleep for centuries, dreaming of vengeance against a man in a blue box ... As the tree awakes, the Time Lord and his companion soon discover why they are such unwelcome guests.Author Philip Reeve puts his own unique spin on the Doctor, his terrifying alien enemies and time-travelling adventures.

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