This is Sawbones, my latest book, winner of the Young Quills Prize for best Historical Fiction in the 12+ category and on the nomination list for the Carnegie medal in 2015. And it’s been shortlisted for the Salford Book Award and has longlisted for the Amazing Book Award. I couldn’t ask for more!
Its about a young anatomist’s apprentice, Ezra McAdam, set in London in 1792. Ezra is used to dealing with the cadavers that come into his Master’s lecture room, and he can read a dead body as thoroughly as you or I can read a book. When a corpse comes in with a strange tattoo it sets Ezra off on a wild adventure he really would rather not have. From the drinking dens of London’s resurrection men to the operating theatres of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, join Ezra and sword-happy magician’s assistant Loveday Finch as they hurry to stop an international catastrophe.
Malorie Blackman, Children’s laureate, says, ‘Superbly written – a real page turner.’ I am SO proud of that quote!
The month I have a brand new short story in this gorgeous anthology; Love Hurts edited by Malorie Blackman, alongside such brilliant writers as Patrick Ness, Gayle Foreman and Philip Pullman.
My Film and TV work includes Bullet Boy directed by Saul Dibb and Rough Crossings with Simon Schama for BBC2 as well as Holby City – my next episode is broadcast next February.
I’ve also written for Radio and my play, Fresh Berries, was on BBC Radio 3. It was nominated for the prestigious Prix Italia and the Imison Award for Radio Drama.
I am a self confessed rubbish blogger. But you can find me at The History Girls too, http://the-history-girls.blogspot.co.uk/ on the 14th of every month and at Girls Heart Books on the 28th…..