The Return of the Word Spy by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Toby Riddle was the last book I read. Right now I am reading The Innocents by Nette Hilton and loving every word. It is simply a beautiful book, written with delicate skill.
Which book from your bookshelf at home is your favourite and why?
Difficult question. There are many favourites for many reasons, and the list changes regularly. But I keep coming back to The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett. It is superbly witty, and written with a firm grasp on the economy of the English language.
What's the best thing about being a writer?
Having your mind constantly engaged. There's never a dull moment.
How would you describe the Battle Boy series to someone who has never read it?
It's all about Time and Energy capture. Most people think that when something is in the past it is over, finished, done with. Not so. Great battles never really die. They live on as bubbles of pure energy, floating in the stratosphere. Capture those bubbles and you capture those battles; you can revisit them, relive them over and over. It may seem paradoxical, but in fact our future lies in the past. That's really exciting!
What's next for Battle Boy?
Napoleon Augustus Smythe (aka Battle Boy 005) has made many discoveries, faced many challenges, and solved many mysteries of history. But he's never really tackled the ultimate challenge - he has never really come face to face with himself. How would he handle such a meeting? How would any of us?
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