Book Three Is Coming!

Sunday 25th May 2014

My third children's book in the series, 'My School Musical And Other Punishments' launches in August 2014 and is available to pre-order on AmazonFoyles or Waterstones NOW!

It follows 'My Brilliant Life And Other Disasters' (and the first book 'My Best Friend And Other Enemies'). This is what it's about:

When Jessica gets roped into the school play she finds herself strangely allied with arch-enemy Amelia when her best friend Natalie becomes crazed with stardom. Meanwhile, Jessica's dad is concerned at plans to build a new road through nearby parkland and is now living up a tree. So far, so normal!

I'm not saying you should DEFINITELY buy it, but do keep in mind that it is proven that reading improves life expectancy. So what I'm saying is, BUY MY BOOK AND YOU'LL LIVE FOREVER!!!*

*may not live forever.

But it's worth a try right? Especially if you've already given coconut water a go.

The first two books are also available from Amazon, Foyles and Watersones, and all good book shops. You can read the first chapters for free here and here.

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The Polish Translation Is Out

Wednesday 7th May 2014

'My Best Friend And Other Enemies' is now available in Poland. They are published by Zielona Sowa. 

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The French Translation Is Out

Sunday 20th April 2014

'My Best Friend And Other Enemies' is now available in France.

The rights were sold in May 2013 and the books are already ready.

They are published by Albin Michel who also publish French versions of David Walliams's children's books.

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Kinde UK Deal Of The Day

Saturday 22nd February 2014

Both my books, 'My Friend And Other Enemies' and the sequel 'My Brilliant Life And Other Disasters' are on the Kindle UK Deal Of The Day! This means you can get them both for only 99p each. But only today. Quick.

UPDATE: The power of an Amazon kindle promotion is amazing! The books went to the top of the children's chart and then humour and fiction as well. Even by Monday evening on 24th Feb, they were still at no. 1 in children; no. 1 in humorous; and no. 4 in fiction. Amazing.

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FAB Book Awards Nomination

Friday 21st February 2014

'My Best Friend And Other Enemies' has been nominated for a FAB Book Award! The award set up by Wandsworth schools. The winner will be announced at an awards event in April at the Professional Centre, Burntwood School, in Tooting.

The full list of nominees is:

The Wandsworth FAB Award 2014 Shortlist

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Itch by Simon Mayo

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

My Best Friend and Other Enemies by Catherine Wilkins

Rebel Heart by Moira Young

An exciting list to be on.

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New Year New Review

Friday 3rd January 2014

My second book, 'My Brilliant Life And Other Disasters' has just been reviewed by a young person in The Guardian.

"I loved the writing style...the skills of a very good author...My Brilliant Life and Other Disasters is a great book that I would recommend to anyone."

Thanks 'Purplerubberduckie'! (I love your alias).

There has also been a lovely review of the books on the brilliant website Gobblefunked. They say "We love this book so pick up a copy today and prepare for some funny looks from strangers as you too laugh out loud!"

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Conversations With Only Women

Monday 4th November 2013

I was a guest on Lorcan Mullan's ace podcast:

Converstions With Only Women

We discussed writing stand-up, children's books, Martin Amis and Breaking Bad. Not all of our predictions came true.

It's a great project that is subtly seeking out women in the industry without going on about it. There are lots of other fab guests on there already and more coming up, so keep checking back.

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The Guardian and more...

Monday 30th September 2013

Excitingly My Best Friend And Other Enemies has just had a lovely review in The Guardian here, by an 8 (nearly 9) year old going by the nick name of 'Amazed Earlthing' (by the way, how good a nickname is that?)

She says: (amongst other nice things), "I couldn't put the book down...a fantastic read...equal amounts of drama and hilarious laughs that hold your deserves to be in every school library."

It's a brilliantly written review. But then I would say that. But it still is. I'm totally being objective. Thank you Amazed Earthling!

Then the book had another lovely review from Litl Librarian here

So y'know. Don't just take my word for it.

Oh yeah, and as if that wasn't exciting enough already, The Hereford Academy Library (@THA_Library) tweeted that of all the Year 7's chosing their free books from Bookbuzz, My Best Friend And Other Enemies and Michael Rosen's Big Book Of Bad Things were the two most popular. Which is pretty incredible. 

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Bookbuzz More!

Wednesday 11th September 2013

The Bookbuzz people have added video's to all their authors' pages, and so here I am talking about why you should buy my book. (Not sure I've mastered the hard sell, but it was still a lot of fun to do).

Also Bookbuzz have asked all their authors to write a blog about why they like writing or why they wrote their books. Here is the blog I wrote about writing for them.

And Nosy Crow have written a lovely blog about it all too.

There are lots of fabulous authors on the list, so why not have a look and register for a free book!

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It's Book Day!

Thursday 5th September 2013

My brand spanking NEW book, MY BRILLIANT LIFE AND OTHER DISASTERS comes out today! It's here, it's here! The time is nigh! (Nigh? Hmm, I'm sticking with it). The time is NIGH to get my new book! Nigh I tells you.

You can walk into any good book shop and buy it, or order it online to save the walking/bus ride etc,  from AmazonFoyles or Waterstones. The modern world has a plethora of book-buying options.

My Brilliant Life And Other Disasters is published by the brilliant Nosy Crow, and you can even read the first chapter for free here.

It's a sequel to the first book, 'My Best Friend And Other Enemies' and it's all about what happened next to Jessica... It seems like everything's going really well - Jessica and Natalie are best friends again, her comic with Joshua is about to be launched (in the playground), and her success as a cartoonist seems assured. But then she meets Scarlett, Amelia's super-cool, super-annoying cousin, who happens to draw cartoons too! Soon Jessica is fighting for her cartoonist life... but luckily she still has a few tricks up her sleeve. Kind of.

The first book, My Best Friend And Other Enemies, is also available from AmazonFoyles and Watersones, and all good book shops. You can read the first chapter of that for free here.

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