Category: children’s books

Introducing the Last Englishman

Here is a short video I recorded with Roland Chambers about his new book, The Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur Ransome.

You could view this as an appetizer for the longer audio interview with him, coming in my podcast for Faber in early September, in which he talks about Ransome’s life in Russia before Swallows and Amazons. In that podcast I’ll also be talking to John Carey about his new biography of William Golding.

Christmas special – Cathy Cassidy interview

Ginger Snaps coverWhen Cathy Cassidy was in Bath for the Children’s Literature Festival in September, my daughters Livi and Abby, along with their friend Ellie, were lucky enough to get the chance to interview her.

In the interview, Cathy talks about how she started out as a writer, how she creates her characters and gives some hints about her next books. She also has tips for aspiring young writers.

You can listen to the interview by clicking here. [20:36]

Cathy Cassidy