New November Books!

Christmas is coming soon and this month we’ve got lots of heartwarming books for you. Watch the video below to find out more:

November Covers Piccadilly

NOT BAD FOR A BAD LAD by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Michael Foreman
LILY AND THE CHRISTMAS WISH by Keris Stainton
TESTING TIMES FOR TABITHA BAIRD by Arabella Weir

Head over to our Twitter @PiccadillyPress for a chance to win all 3 titles!

New October Books

It’s the first day of October and we’ve got some gems for you this month! Watch the video below to find out more about our new titles.

SNOWBALL: THE BABY BIGFOOT by Ruth Symes, Illustrated by Tina Macnaughton
MEGASTAR: THE FINCREDIBLE DIARY OF FIN SPENCER by Ciaran Murtagh, Illustrated by Tim Wesson
HEATHER’S PIGLETS by Harry Oulton

And two gorgeous new editions:

A PIG CALLED HEATHER by Harry Oulton
THE RETURN OF A PIG CALLED HEATHER by Harry Oulton

And of course, head to our Twitter @piccadillypress for a chance to win our new books!

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New September Books

This month we’ve got two brand new (and very colourful!) books for you. Want to know more? Watch the video below:

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Beasts of Olympus: Dragon Healer by Lucy Coats

The Jam Doughnut That Ruined My Life by Mark Lowery

We also filmed a hilarious video with Mark Lowery, who explains why doughnuts are so dangerous:

And if you’d like a chance to win our new books, head over to our Twitter @PiccadillyPress. Happy reading!

A Kingdom Of Horses by Zillah Bethell

We are delighted to announce the acquisition of a heartfelt and emotional middle grade story – A KINGDOM OF HORSES by Zillah Bethell. Editor Matilda Johnson acquired UK and Commonwealth rights for KINGDOM, plus a second untitled book from Julia Churchill at A.M. Heath at auction. The book will publish in hardback in autumn 2016, followed by a paperback edition in spring 2017.

The story follows Serendipity Gouge, a twelve year old living in Lahn Dahn, a city with a wall around it, ten people high, called the Emm Twenty Five. Nobody comes in and nobody goes out. The rich live in crystal towers with magnificent wealth and the poor spend their days doing back breaking physical labour for a lone potato or a sup of goat’s milk.

Serendipity loves horses, but no-one in Lahn Dan has ever seen one. All that remains are statues and paintings, as well as the little wooden horse her mother gave her. But when Serendipity’s mother dies, she is left all alone and the Minister’s law means that orphans will shortly be moved into work-houses. Serendipity knows she must get away. When she finds a map that suggests there is life outside of Lahn Dahn, and a place where horses roam, she knows she needs to escape from the city, out beyond the wall and the Minister’s grip. With the help of a trader boy called Tab, and his little dog Mouse, she heads into the unknown to find the horses she’s always dreamed of.

This is a journey of hope and freedom, escape and adventure, perfect for fans of THE LAST WILD.

Zillah Bethell was born in a leprosy hospital in Papua New Guinea, spent her childhood barefoot playing in the jungle, and didn’t own a pair of shoes until she came to the UK when she was eight. She was educated at Oxford University and lives in Wales with her family. Zillah has written two adult novels for a small Welsh press. This is her first children’s book.

Matilda Johnson said:

“I was absolutely captivated by Serendipity’s voice from the first page and am thrilled that Zillah is joining the Piccadilly list. She is a natural storyteller.”

Zillah Bethell said:

“I am delighted to be joining the excellent list of Piccadilly Press. Such awesome books that they are. I am trespassing on air!”

We hope you’re all as excited about A KINGDOM OF HORSES as we are!

Brenda Gardner steps down from Piccadilly

After forty-three years in the industry, Brenda Gardner, Publisher of Piccadilly Press, has decided it is time to step back and enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle.  Brenda set up Piccadilly Press in July 1983 and the company was nominated three times for the IPG Children’s Award. Piccadilly Press won the award in 2009 and Brenda won the Pandora Award in 1999.

Brenda is known for giving many authors their start – Louise Rennison, Malorie Blackman, Cathy Hopkins to name but a few, and she also published many high profile authors such as Anne Fine,  Helen Cresswell, and  Jeanne Willis.

Brenda leaves Bonnier Publishing Fiction at the beginning of July and a party will be held to celebrate her many successful years within the industry the same month.

Brenda Gardner commented: –

“I have truly enjoyed my time in children’s publishing and would like to thank all of our authors, illustrators and everyone who has contributed to the success of Piccadilly Press over the years. With the 2013 sale of Piccadilly Press to Bonnier Publishing and the recent formation of a dedicated Fiction Division, I feel Piccadilly Press has a good home. Piccadilly Press has renewed energy, dedicated editors and staff and a new editorial direction and I’m looking forward to watching its future development.”

Richard Johnson, CEO of Bonnier Publishing said: –

“Brenda has been a consummate professional and her contribution to children’s publishing has provided thousands of children with great stories that are still being read today. We wish Brenda well for the future and look forward to joining her in celebrating what has been a magnificent career.”

New June Books

This month we’re publishing 2 new titles and we have the fabulous rejackets of Fleur Hitchcock’s Shrunk series! Click on the book titles below the images for more info.

Shrunk Covers

SHRUNK! by Fleur Hitchcock

SHRUNK! MAYHEM & METEORITES by Fleur Hitchcock

SHRUNK! GHOSTS ON BOARD by Fleur Hitchcock

Piccadilly Covers

ONLY WE KNOW by Simon Packham

SUNK! A SHRUNK ADVENTURE by Fleur Hitchcock

If you’re interested in winning all of our June titles, head over to our Twitter page, @PiccadillyPress. Happy reading!

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Designing the book cover: The Endless Trials of Tabitha Baird

The second book in the series of Tabitha Baird’s adventures, The Endless Trials of Tabitha Baird has just been published this month (squeee!) and to celebrate we wanted to share the design process.

Gran’s dog Basil is now the proud dad of three mega cute puppies so we knew we definitely wanted them in the cover because… puppies! Emmanuelle Walker, the fab illustrator of the series first sketched Tabitha and the dogs in a few different positions:

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And started trying out colour options:The-Endless-Trials-of-Tabitha-Baird-rough-cover-13

We all agreed that this was the most playful option and gave Tab and the pups different outfit choices.
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We had to chose just one so we went with the ripped skinny jeans, crop top and big boots as they are perfect for the story.
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Then it was time to look at different colourways:
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Aaaaand (drumroll please) this is the final cover! What do you think? Do you like the new sunglasses we gave Basil (he has a collection now!).

ENDLESS TRIALS OF TABITHA BAIRD

You can buy THE ENDLESS TRIALS OF TABITHA BAIRD here:
Waterstones  / AmazonFoylesiTunes

Happy reading!

New April Books

Happy publication day! We’ve got a bunch of fantastic new books out today (+ a lovely new cover) and in the video below Livs will tell you all about them

April Titles

THE SECRET ANIMAL SOCIETY: SPIKE THE SEA SERPENT by Ruth Symes
FLEECED by Julia Wills
RAMPAGE by Julia Wills
JUSTICE by Jeffrey Salane
THE ENDLESS TRIALS OF TABITHA BAIRD by Arabella Weir
VOICES IN STONE by Emily Diamand

Can’t wait to read them all? Head over to our Twitter @PiccadillyPress for a chance to get your hands on all our April titles. And of course we’d love to hear about which books are on your April to read list.

Happy reading!

Oh My Greek Gods – A Beasts of Olympus Review

The Review Crew is back with another HILARIOUS review! This time they discuss BEAST KEEPER, the first in the BEASTS OF OLYMPUS SERIES by Lucy Coats with illustrations by David Roberts.

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Thanks to Jasen Booton and the fantastic Review Crew!

You can buy BEAST KEEPER here:
Waterstones  / AmazonFoylesiTunes