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Westwind 2

The third instalment Fleabag: The Scriptures 2


Orphan Warriors 3
of INTERNATIONAL Sibling Assassins 3
BEST-SELLING 5 minutes with Lian Hearn 4
Nevermoor series Ten Feet Tall and Not Quite Bulletproof 5
is almost here! Wild, Fearless Chests 6

The year
Golden In Death 7
American Dirt 8
A Good Neighbourhood 9

RIPPED is well on
The Last Smile in Sunder City 10
The Holdout 11
FROM THE A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils 11

HEADLINES its way. Natural Home Remedies


How to Argue With a Racist
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Find out why Haven’t They Grown 13

American Highfire
The Year Without Summer
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Dirt was the The Nine Hundred 14
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helped catalyse the #MeToo movement and Europe, 1990. Martin Hepton, an English Fleabag: The Scriptures includes new writing
revitalise women’s activism. ground control technician, watches as they from Phoebe Waller-Bridge alongside the
lose contact with the most advanced satellite in filming scripts and the never-before-seen stage
Europe. A colleague of Hepton’s who suspects directions from the award-winning series.
BARRY LEVINE is a veteran investigative
something strange is going on is signed off
reporter and editor in print and television. He
sick, and never comes back. Hepton decides to
received the Huffington Post’s Game Changer PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE is a multi-award-
investigate his friend’s suspicions and his trail
award in 2010 for his ‘shoe leather reporting’ winning actor, writer, creator and showrunner.
leads him to Mike Dreyfuss (the only surviving
and led a reporting team to a Pulitzer Prize She is the writer and performer of Fleabag,
crew member of a space shuttle crash), MI6,
nomination for investigative reporting and which debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
the American military and back to his former
national news reporting. as a one-woman show in 2013, followed by
girlfriend, Jill, who is an up-and-coming
journalist with the contacts and the courage to award-winning London and New York runs.
MONIQUE EL-FAIZY is a Paris-based Fleabag was adapted into a critically acclaimed
cover the story.
An explosive and news- journalist and the author of God and Country: BBC Three television series, for which
How Evangelicals Have Become America’s
making look at Donald Trump New Mainstream. Her writing has appeared
But there is much more at stake than anyone Waller-Bridge won a BAFTA for Best Female
and his relationships with realises – and many more people on their trail Performance in a Comedy Program.
in numerous publications, including The
women, from his girlfriends than they can possibly evade . . .
New York Times, The Guardian, Washington
to his multiple marriages, Post, Financial Times, Marie Claire, GQ and
IAN RANKIN is a No.1 bestseller in the UK
painting a portrait of a Glamour.
and has received the OBE for services to
pathological liar, serial literature.
philanderer and misogynist.
Location: Ian Rankin
Barry Levine – New York, USA Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Location: Edinburgh,
Monique El-Faizy – Paris, France Location: San Francisco, USA
Scotland
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5 minutes with ...


LIAN HEARN
Before I was an author I was . . . a baby.
I’ve been making up stories for as long as I
can remember.
ORPHAN WARRIORS: SIBLING ASSASSINS:
In three words Children of the Otori is . . .
CHILDREN OF THE OTORI CHILDREN OF THE OTORI warriors, ghosts, love.
BOOK 1 BOOK 2 The best part about creating the Otori
Lian Hearn Lian Hearn universe is . . . I have complete freedom
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Ebook 9780733641220 | $14.99 | Hachette Australia Ebook 9780733643552 | $14.99 | Hachette Australia Which authors most inspire you? Ones
who use language like a sword.
The bitter struggles of the Tribe and the clans As a boy Arai Sunaomi was known as the
What was your writing process for
have left many children orphaned. Among Miracle Child and crossed between the worlds
Children of the Otori? Get up at 5.00am
them are Sunaomi and Chikara, sons of Arai to walk among the dead. Now he has put aside
and write three pages a day by hand before
Zenko, who face death after their parents’ his past to follow the way of the warrior. His
breakfast.
treachery. Their aunt, Kaede, is able to save aunt, Kaede, is considering making him her
their lives on condition they become novice heir, and her General, Miyoshi Kahei, hopes
monks and never leave the temple at Terayama. to betroth Sunaomi to his daughter, Kinu. But
LIAN HEARN’s Tales of the Otori series has
there is one girl whom Sunaomi cannot forget:
sold more than four million copies worldwide
Sunaomi has been brought up as a warrior, yet Utahime, who has been dead for seven years.
and has been translated into nearly 40
his grandmother is Muto Shizuka. He cannot Will he dare bring her back to life?
languages. Lian has made many trips to Japan
escape that he is also a child of the Tribe. As he When Utahime’s brother, Masao, disappears and has studied Japanese. She read Modern
discovers unimagined talents within himself after a fight in the city, Sunaomi is charged Languages at Oxford and worked as an editor
he comes up against Hisao, Takeo’s son, the with finding him. With his cousins, Kiyoko and film critic in England before emigrating to
ghostmaster, as well as Saga Hideki, the most and Kichizo, sibling assassins from the Tribe, Australia.
powerful warlord in the realm, the Emperor’s Sunaomi sets out on a journey which will take
General. him into an enthralling and dangerous world of
spirits and supernatural beings, rebels, pirates
Taking place in the magical medieval world and saints.
of Tales of the Otori, Orphan Warriors is a
coming-of-age adventure story in a human
world of courage and sacrifice, behind which
Lian Hearn
always hovers a supernatural world of danger
Location: Mullumbimby,
and dread. NSW
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BULLETPROOF Mandy Beaumont
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Hachette Australia As women’s voices begin to rise
together, Mandy Beaumont’s brutal and
Cameron Hardiman lived a life most young uncompromising stories are a compelling
boys could only dream of. Every morning he reminder of the ways in which women have
put on a navy blue police flight suit, grabbed fallen, been dismissed, hurt, hated and loved
his flight helmet, and prepared to work on from afar. These are the stories we have always
the police helicopter. He could be called to known, have always heard about and are
anything during a shift; to search for a missing perhaps just short moments away from. They
child, to pull an injured driver from a wrecked are yours, ours, mine. They are booming anger.
car, or a dangerous sea rescue. They are wild love. They are the distorted and
He saw his fair share of trauma and dealt with the decided, the imagined and the wanted.
it like most coppers would: he quickly put each They are the shaking ground beneath our feet.
dangerous job out of his mind as soon as it was A powerful call to arms. They compel us to
over. But one particular rescue in Bass Strait stand tall. To break free. To defy the gaze. To
brought about a reckoning – and Cameron was claim our space.
never the same again. Wild, Fearless Chests is the sound of a certain
This is the brilliantly told, white-knuckle story revolution.
of one cop learning every lesson the hard way
As a member of Victoria – and coming to find out that being not quite Brutal. Uncompromising. MANDY BEAUMONT’s debut short story
Police’s Air Wing, Cameron bulletproof doesn’t mean that you’re not a good
Magnificent. Complex. collection Wild, Fearless Chests was shortlisted
cop.
Hardiman felt like he was ten Unforgettable. A timely
for the 2018 Hachette Richell Prize, the 2019
UWAP Dorothy Hewett Award and a short
feet tall and bulletproof. The debut short story collection
CAMERON HARDIMAN joined the Victoria story from the collection won the Moth
air wing brought him plenty of Police at 18 years old and served over 32 years that breaks open the idea of International Short Story Award. Mandy was
excitement and drama – from in policing. He eventually joined the Australian women from a powerful new the Poet in Residence at the State Library of
searching for missing aircraft Federal Police and served overseas. He then Australian literary voice. Queensland, and the co-editor of The Idea of
to accidentally discovering transferred into an investigations role. Women edition of Overland.
marijuana crops to working
with paramedics. But it also Cameron Hardiman Mandy Beaumont
brought him plenty of trauma. Location: VIC Location: Melbourne, VIC
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J.D. Robb Jeanine Cummins
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Piatkus Tinder

When Kent Abner – baby doctor, model The most anticipated book of 2020.
husband and father, good neighbour – is found
dead in his townhouse in the West Village, When the rest of her family is gunned down
Eve and the team are at a loss as to who would by members of a notorious drug cartel, Lydia
want to kill such a good man. knows that if she and her son are to survive
When a second victim is discovered it they must flee their home of Acapulco. The
becomes clear that, as spring arrives in reach of the cartels is so far that Lydia quickly
New York City, Eve is dealing with a serial realises two things: that they must cross the
killer with a motive she can’t fathom and a US/Mexico border as quickly as possible,
weapon of choice which could wipe out half of and that they cannot risk travelling by road.
Manhattan. So begins a harrowing journey of survival
along one of the most fraught migrant routes
in the world – riding illegally atop the freight
NORA ROBERTS published her first novel trains, known as la bestia, hidden amongst
using the pseudonym J.D. ROBB in 1995, the thousands of migrants who will risk
introducing Eve Dallas, a New York City everything in the desperate hope of a new
police lieutenant with a dark past, and start in the United States.
billionaire Irish rogue, Roarke. Since then,
the In Death series has sold over 66 million American Dirt is the most heart-stopping
copies, with each new novel reaching number story of a mother and son on the run since
The thrilling new Eve Dallas one on bestseller charts the world over. The extraordinary story Emma Donoghue’s Room, a novel that brings
novel from international of a mother who will risk an unforgettably human face to the story of
number one bestseller J.D. anything to save her son the US/Mexico border.

Robb. from the fate that destroyed


their family: a novel with the JEANINE CUMMINS was born in Spain to
Irish and Puerto Rican parents, before settling
topicality of Exit West and in the US. American Dirt was in part inspired
the urgency of Room. by her experience of fostering a migrant child
separated from her parents at the US/Mexico
border, which she has written about in the
New York Times.

J.D. Robb Jeanine Cummins


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NEIGHBOURHOOD SUNDER CITY
Therese Anne Fowler Luke Arnold
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Headline Orbit

In Oak Knoll, a tight-knit North Carolina I’m Fetch Phillips, just like it says on the
neighbourhood, professor of forestry and window. There are a few things you should
ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her know before you hire me:
bright and talented biracial son. All is well 1. Sobriety costs extra.
until the Whitmans move in next door - an
apparently traditional family with new money, 2. My services are confidential – the cops can
ambition, and a secretly troubled teenage never make me talk.
daughter. 3. I don’t work for humans.
With little in common except a property line, It’s nothing personal – I’m human myself.
these two very different families quickly find But after what happened, humans don’t need
themselves at odds over an historic oak tree in my help. Not like every other creature who had
Valerie’s yard. the magic ripped out of them when the Coda
But as they fight, they fail to notice that there came . . .
is a romance blossoming between their two I just want one real case. One chance to do
teenagers. A romance that will challenge the something good.
carefully constructed concepts of class and
race in this small community. A romance that Because it’s my fault the magic is never coming
might cause everything to shatter . . . back.
This provocative novel A brilliantly voiced
explores class, race and THERESE ANNE FOWLER is the author of contemporary fantasy for LUKE ARNOLD has spent the last decade
star-crossed love in America the New York Times bestselling novel Z: A fans of Ben Aaronovitch, acting his way around the world, playing
today from New York Times Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and A Well-Behaved Rotherweird or Terry iconic roles such as Long John Silver in the
Woman. Raised in the American Midwest, she Emmy-winning Black Sails an award-winning
bestselling author Therese moved to North Carolina in 1995. She holds a Pratchett’s Discworld, and turn as Michael Hutchence in the INXS mini-
Anne Fowler. BA in sociology/cultural anthropology and an the debut novel from actor series Never Tear Us Apart. When he isn’t
MFA in creative writing from North Carolina Luke Arnold, best known performing, Luke is a screenwriter, director,
State University. for his lead role as Michael novelist and ambassador for Save the Children
Australia.
Hutchence in INXS: Never
Theresa Anne Fowler Tear Us Apart.
Luke Arnold
Location: North Carolina,
Location: Australia
USA
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A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO THE HOLDOUT NATURAL HOME REMEDIES HOW TO ARGUE WITH A
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Essential oils and natural plant remedies have dollar fortune, vanishes on her way home from alternatives in your home medicine cupboard? Stereotypes and myths about race are
been employed by humans for millennia, used school. Her teacher, Bobby Nock, is the prime Are you interested in exploring more expressed not just by overt racists, but also by
for both preventative and reactive care for our suspect. It’s an open-and-shut case for the traditional medicinal ingredients? well-intentioned people whose experience and
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fragrances to cleanse your physical and mental guilty. to respiratory complaints – and with dedicated from their research where it relates to race. Yet,
space, this book includes everything you need sections on women’s, men’s and children’s if understood correctly, science and history can
10 years later, one of the jurors is found dead, health – you and your family’s wellbeing is
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plant essences, and the variety of methods
for getting the most out of each to boost your FERN GREEN is a UK-based food stylist.
GRAHAM MOORE is a New York Times DR ADAM RUTHERFORD is a science writer
health and wellbeing. In other words, there’s Following the success of Green Smoothies
bestselling novelist and Academy Award- and broadcaster. He is the author of Creation, A
something for everybody! and Green Proteins, Fern has written Super
winning screenwriter. His screenplay for The Brief History Of Everyone Who Ever Lived and
Smoothies, Fermenting, Green Teas and Tonics,
Imitation Game won the Academy Award and The Book Of Humans.
Green Soups, Power Snacks, Smoothie Bowls,
LISA BUTTERWORTH is a writer and editor WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in
Detox Smoothies, Power Smoothies, Power
covering wellness, women’s issues, food, 2015.
Breakfasts, Power Drinks, Natural Cleaning,
fashion and pop culture.
High Performance Smoothies and Turmeric.

Lisa Butterworth Graham Moore Fern Green Dr Adam Rutherford


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HAVEN’T THEY GROWN HIGHFIRE THE YEAR WITHOUT THE NINE HUNDRED
Sophie Hannah Eoin Colfer SUMMER Heather Dune Macadam
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On her way to her son’s Under-14s away An apprenticeship with the local moonshine From National Book Award nominee, The Nine
match, driving past her former best friend’s runner servicing the bayou looks like the only Hundred is the untold story of the 999 young,
In 1815, a supervolcanic eruption led to the
house, Beth can’t resist trying to catch a way for swamp-wild Squib Moreau to pay off unmarried Jewish women who were tricked into
extraordinary ‘Year Without Summer’ in 1816:
glimpse. She parks outside Flora’s house and the family debts and get he and his momma boarding a train in Poprad, Slovakia on March
a massive climate disruption causing famine,
watches from across the road as Flora and her a place in town, far from crooked Constable 25, 1942. It became the first official transport to
poverty and riots. Snow fell in August. Mary
children, Thomas and Emily, step out of the Regence Hooke’s unwanted courtship. Auschwitz. Believing that they had been called
Shelley wrote Frankenstein. The artist, John
car. Except something is terribly wrong. Unfortunately for Squib, Hooke has his own up for three months of government service,
Constable, sought refuge in Suffolk. As crops
eye on that very same stretch of bayou – and these women were sold to the Nazis as slave
Flora looks the same, only older – just as Beth failed, the dispossessed rose up in rebellion,
neither of them have taken into account labour by their own government. Drawing on
would have expected after 12 years. But 12 years threatening to burn the old order to the ground.
the fire-breathing dragon hiding out in the extensive interviews with survivors, historians,
ago, Thomas and Emily were five and three The Year Without Summer is a story of six
Louisiana swamp . . . witnesses and relatives of those first deportees,
years old. Today, they look precisely as they separate lives, connected only by an event The Nine Hundred is an important addition to
did then. They are still five and three. They many thousands of miles away. Few had heard
EOIN COLFER is the author of the Holocaust literature and women’s history.
are Thomas and Emily without a doubt – Beth of Tambora – but none could escape its effects.
hears Flora call them by their names – but they internationally bestselling Artemis Fowl
haven’t changed at all. They are no taller, no series, which has been translated into over 40 HEATHER DUNE MACADAM actively fights
languages. Eoin’s books have won numerous GUINEVERE GLASFURD’s debut novel, The
older. Why haven’t they grown? against Holocaust denial and is the director of
awards including The British Children’s Book Words in My Hand, was shortlisted for the 2016
the Rena’s Promise Foundation. Her work has
of the Year, The Irish Book Awards Children’s Costa First Novel Award and Authors’ Club
been featured in National Geographic, NPR,
SOPHIE HANNAH is an internationally Book of the Year and The German Children’s Best First Novel Award. Her writing has also
The New York Times and The Guardian.
bestselling crime fiction writer, translated into Book of the Year. appeared in The Scotsman, Mslexia and The
49 languages and published in 51 countries. National Galleries of Scotland.

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Sophie Hannah Eoin Colfer Guinevere Glasfurd Location: New York, USA
Location: Cambridge, UK Location: Ireland Location: Cambridgeshire, UK & Herefordshire, UK
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COVER
TO BE
CROW
REVEALED Jessica Townsend
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AN ARTISTIC RESISTANCE LIKE MOTHER, LIKE
Tori Amos DAUGHTER Morrigan Crow and her friends have survived
their first year as proud scholars of the elite
Trade Paperback 9781529325621 | $29.99 Elle Croft Wundrous Society, helped bring down
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Structured chronologically around her faces a new, exciting challenge: to master the
most famous songs, Amos opens up the Imogen Brown is a normal 16-year-old girl. mysterious Wretched Arts of the Accomplished
lyrics to broader discussions of issues from She’s obsessed with beach volleyball, she Wundersmith, and control the power that
climate change to women’s rights to fascism occasionally enjoys the company of her threatens to consume her.
encroaching on the world’s most powerful younger sister Jemima, she’s saving for her first
countries. She draws on her wide experience But a strange and frightening illness has taken
car . . . and she feels like she doesn’t belong. hold of Nevermoor, turning infected Wunimals
and travels to make sense of what divides us, She thinks that her parents, Kat and Dylan, are
and shows us how music can bring people into mindless, vicious unnimals on the hunt.
hypocrites, playing the perfect family when she As victims of the Hollowpox multiply, panic
together. knows they really argue all the time. spreads. And with the city she loves in a state
One Friday evening, Kat and Dylan have their of fear, Morrigan quickly realises it’s up to her
TORI AMOS is a Grammy-nominated singer- biggest fight yet and when Kat goes to wake Something wicked is taking to find a cure for the Hollowpox, even if it will
songwriter, pianist, composer and – with Ann Imogen the next day, she’s not in her bed. Kat hold of Nevermoor . . . In put her - and everyone in Nevermoor - in more
Powers – the New York Times-bestselling and Dylan call her friends, but no one has seen danger than she ever imagined.
Morrigan Crow’s third
author of Tori Amos: Piece by Piece. She has her since the previous day at school. Imogen
released 15 albums, including her latest, Native has gone missing. Wundrous adventure, she
JESSICA TOWNSEND’s Nevermoor: The
Invader, in 2017. faces her most dangerous Trials of Morrigan Crow was the biggest-selling
ELLE CROFT grew up in Australia and works challenge yet. Australian children’s debut since records began.
as a freelance social media specialist and also It has won the 2018 ABIA for Book of the Year,
blogs about travel, food and life in London. Her Book of the Year for Younger Readers and Matt
debut novel, The Guilty Wife, is a top 10 Kindle Richell Award for New Writer of the Year.
Bestseller.

Tori Amos Jessica Townsend


Elle Croft
Location: USA, Ireland Location: London, UK
Location: London, England
& England & Sunshine Coast, QLD
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5 minutes with ... Mark Wilson
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MARK WILSON
Molly and her father have emigrated to
As a child my favourite book was . . . Australia to try their luck as gold prospectors
Ferdinand the Bull by the American author in Ballarat, Victoria. Life on the diggings is hard
Munro Leaf, and later, any stories about Sir and Molly misses her mother, who died before
Lancelot and the other Knights of the Round they left England.
Table, not to mention an obsession with A Chinese teenager, Chen, shows Molly and
Phantom comics (by the brilliant Lee Falk). her Papa how to pan for gold and helps them
I started writing because . . . I simply need when their food and money run out. Not
to tell stories – about us, our history, our land, everyone on the goldfields is friendly, however.
our environment and the wonderful creatures Chen and other Chinese diggers are often
we share this planet with. There are so many bullied and the police lock up miners who
great ideas for stories, just in our own family haven’t paid the exorbitant gold licence fee.
histories, and I challenge myself to make the A stirring story of the Before long, Molly, Papa and Chen are caught
next story better than the last one. goldfields and the Eureka up in a protest that will become known as the
Eureka! was inspired by . . . I wrote a fictional Rebellion, by award-winning Eureka Rebellion – a legendary battle that will
profoundly affect them all.
story, completely made up, about a Chinese author/illustrator Mark
boy in the 1850s escaping persecution and From award-winning author and illustrator
civil war in China and travelling to Australia to
Wilson.
Mark Wilson, this powerful story is inspired by
work on the goldfields in Ballarat. My wife Ros real people and historical events.
came home from work one day and said, ‘You’ll
never guess… I told a colleague about your
story, and she said every word of it is actually MARK WILSON has written Whitley Award-
true.’ Her ancestors were Catherine Martin and winning and Wilderness Society Award-
Pan Ah Shin, and it was as if I had written her winning books, as well as many others.
family story and just had the names wrong!
Which authors most inspire you? Bernard
Cornwell, John Flanagan, the Australian
author Peter Watt, who is brilliant at Australian
Historical fiction. Jackie French, whose writing
is simply inspiring, Ann James and Leigh
Hobbs, whose stories remind me that the little Mark Wilson
things are the most important in life. Location: Frankston, VIC
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WE LOVE YOU, MR PANDA

Hachette Australia | February 2020


Steve Antony
Paperback 9781444927924 | $15.99
Ebook 9781444927931 | $12.99
Hodder Children’s

Everyone’s favourite grumpy Panda is looking


for love in this laugh-out-loud funny picture
book!
Mr Panda is offering free hugs to all his animal
friends. But they are all too busy hugging each
other! Does nobody love Mr Panda?

STEVE ANTONY is a highly talented and


versatile author-illustrator. He has had a
passion for storytelling from an early age, but
it was the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at
Cambridge that really enabled him to channel
Everyone’s favourite grumpy this passion. Since embarking on the MA
course, he has enjoyed creating picture books
Panda is looking for love in on a range of subjects from the Queen’s hat to
this laugh-out-loud funny a war between rectangles and lizards! He aims
picture book. to create picture books that are slightly “off
the wall”, books that children will laugh at and
adults will tweet about, but most of all, books
that he enjoys.

Steve Antony
Location: Swindon, UK

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