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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

Oliver and the Seawigs

Oliver and the Seawigs

Author: Philip Reeve Format: eBook Release Date: 05/09/2013

Oliver grew up in a family of explorers - but his biggest adventure is about to begin! 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 pesky sea monkeys to contend with ...EEP! Award-winning dynamic duo, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, have created a book bursting with eccentric characters and stunning two colour illustrations. This book has been shortlisted for the 2014 Blue Peter Book Awards, in the Best Story category. 'A delightfully told, beautiful tale of nautical hairdressing, saltwater primates and sarcastic seaweed - this is my kind of book!' Chris Riddell

Oliver and the Seawigs

Oliver and the Seawigs

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2013

Oliver grew up in a family of explorers - but his biggest adventure is about to begin! 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 pesky sea monkeys to contend with . . . EEP! Award-winning dynamic duo, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, have created a book bursting with eccentric characters and stunning two colour illustrations. This book has been shortlisted for the 2014 Blue Peter Book Awards, in the Best Story category. 'A delightfully told, beautiful tale of nautical hairdressing, saltwater primates and sarcastic seaweed - this is my kind of book!' Chris Riddell

Doctor Who: The Roots of Evil

Doctor Who: The Roots of Evil

Author: Philip Reeve Format: eBook Release Date: 23/04/2013

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.

Goblins Vs Dwarves

Goblins Vs Dwarves

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2013

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.

Predator Cities x 4 and The Traction Codex

Predator Cities x 4 and The Traction Codex

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

In a terrifying and brutal future world, cities are mounted on giant wheels. They hunt each other to the death. Cataclysmic wars and stalking robotic hunters are revisted in a stunning relaunch of one of the greatest post-apocalyptic adventure series ever written. All four installments of Philip Reeve's internationally bestselling quartet are now available as a single ebook, featuring exclusive bonus material - the previously unpublished THE TRACTION CODEX.

Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines

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

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.The first instalment introduces young apprentice Tom Natsworthy and the murderous Hester Shaw, flung from the fast-moving city of London into heart-stopping adventures in the wastelands of the Great Hunting Ground. 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 - Guardian

Goblins

Goblins

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2012

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.

Here Lies Arthur

Here Lies Arthur

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2011

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.

Scrivener's Moon

Scrivener's Moon

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2011

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 must journey to the wastelands of the North. She seeks 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. The seventh awe-inspiring adventure in the World of Mortal Engines series by a superb writer at the height of his powers.

Mothstorm

Mothstorm

Author: Philip Reeve Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2011

When the festive season arrives at Larklight, so does some unsettling news. A sinister-looking cloud is fast approaching the outskirts of the Known Universe. The closest planet, Georgium Sidus, has but two human inhabitants: the missionary Rev Cruet and his daughter Charity: most recent communication: 'Great danger - imperative that-'. And so, aboard a Naval Gunship, Art, Myrtle and family, bravely go where only one man and his daughter have gone before, to determine the nature of the menacing cloud and rescue the Cruets.

Scrivener's Moon

Scrivener's Moon

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2011

In a future land once known as Britain, nomad tribes are preparing a terrifying enemy - the first ever mobile city. Before London can launch itself, young engineer Fever Crumb must journey to the North. In the weeks before battle begins, Fever finds a mysterious black pyramid. The secrets it contains will change her world forever.

A Web of Air

A Web of Air

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2010

In a faraway corner of a ruined world, a mysterious boy is building a flying machine. Birds help him, and so does a beautiful, brilliant, half-human engineer called Fever Crumb. But powerful enemies stalk them - either to possess their revolutionary invention, or to destroy the secrets of flight forever. The breathtaking new story from the awesome world of MORTAL ENGINES. Award-winning writer Philip Reeve creates an extraordinary new city of moving buildings and human birds in a classic novel that is sure to thrill fans young and old.

Fever Crumb

Fever Crumb

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2010

FEVER CRUMB is a stunning, stand-alone prequel to Philip Reeve's brilliant science fantasy quartet. It is set many generations before the events of Mortal Engines, in whose dazzling world huge, predatory cities chase and devour each other. Now, London is a riot-torn, ruinous town, clinging to a devastated landscape and hiding an explosive secret. Is Fever, adopted daughter of Dr Crumb, the strange key that will unlock its dangerous mysteries?

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