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Angie Sage - Author

Angie Sage grew up in the Thames Valley, London and Kent. She went to Art School in Leicester where she studied Graphic Design and Illustration. After college she started illustrating books and then progressed to writing, first toddler books, later chapter books and now, Septimus Heap. She lives overlooking a creek in Cornwall and loves sailing her boat, Muriel, and all things to do with the sea. She has two grown up daughters.

What are your favourite children’s books and why?
The book I liked best when my children were little was Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak — because of the wonderful pictures and dreamlike way it portrays Max and his day. Hairy McLary — Lynley Dodd — because of the fun illustrations and wonderful rhymes. Almost anything by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, although Burglar Bill was a favourite. The books I liked to read when I was young and still like to read sometimes are — Winnie The Pooh and House at Pooh Corner by AA Milne — I love all the characters and the relationships between them. Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham — again, lovely characters and relationships, plus great atmosphere and funny too.

Plus:
All the books by E Nesbit — very atmospheric and a lovely feeling for history. Elizabeth Gouge — I remember the beginning of one with a character called Miss Heliotrope and a little tower bedroom with a fire in the fireplace and a jar of biscuits beside the bed. It was a simply magical atmosphere.
Enid Blyton — I loved all the Famous Five stories. John Wyndham’s Sci Fi books were great.

Who are your favourite children’s authors and why?
E.Nesbit — although the books are all a bit old fashioned now they are full of magic. The children are all resourceful and strong.
Jacqueline Wilson — lots of real life stuff which is always manages to be reassuring, however bad it gets.
Roald Dahl — great stories, nicely subversive
JK Rowling — Harry Potter is a wonderful world to go into.
…and lots more that I can’t think of now but will remember after I’ve sent this off.

Who or what was your biggest influence in deciding to become a writer?
I think my biggest influence has been all the wonderful books I have read over the years- they made me want to have a go at writing my own.

What inspired you to write your latest book?
I wanted to create a whole world where things were familiar to us, but magical and different too. I have had the character of Septimus in my head for ages and it was not until Marcia Overstrand appeared on the scene that everything came together.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever written?
Septimus Heap.

Is there any particular ritual involved in your writing process (favourite pen, lucky charm, south-facing window)?
No. But I do need peace and quiet. I write on a laptop and I find I don't get so many ideas if I use a pen and paper. I just end up with loads of crossings out and silly doodles.

What is your favourite colour?
Blue. But recently I have begun to think that pink is not so bad after all.

What is your favourite food and worst?
I really like fresh cherries in the summer. And I hate aniseed. Yuk.

Do you have a pet?
No. But I still miss my tortoise who wandered off many years ago. The nearest thing I have to a pet now are two ducks who visit most evenings in the summer for bread and fresh water.

What subject did you enjoy most as school... and least?
I liked English the best, and Art too. I loathed maths, it just seemed so weird…

What is your favourite film?
I don't know really. I like films when I see them and then forget all about them afterwards. Dark Star — a funny Sci Fi film with a pet alien that looks like a tomato comes to mind.

What music do you like?
Blues, Rock and Roll played loud and boogie woogie piano. Elton John. I love live music.

If you hadn't been an author, what would you have been?
Not sure. There are lots of things I would have liked to have tried, like sailing round the world or building houses.

How long does it take you to write a book?
Septimus Heap: Magyk took about a year. And the second book, Flyte .. will have taken about a year too. Then I need a bit more time after that to go back to it and check it out again.

How long have you been writing books?
About 20 years. I started writing toddler books and they just got longer … and longer.

Where do you get your ideas from?
They all turn up when I start writing. Once I know who the characters are, and where they are, they kind of take over and then things happen to them. I don't really know where my ideas come from. It is all very odd when you stop and think about it. Best not to, as my granny used to say.

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Sandrider A Todhunter Moon Adventure
Angie Sage
A story of sorcerers, wizards, dragons and, of course, Magyk, Sandrider, the second book in Angie Sage's Todhunter Moon series, is another enthralling piece of storytelling from an author whose invention never flags. Apprentice wizard Tod has an important task:...
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Sandrider A Todhunter Moon Adventure
Angie Sage
A story of sorcerers, wizards, dragons and, of course, Magyk, Sandrider, the second book in Angie Sage's Todhunter Moon series, is another enthralling piece of storytelling from an author whose invention never flags. Apprentice wizard Tod has an important task:...
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Format: Hardback | Released 22/10/2015
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Reader ReviewedPathfinder A Todhunter Moon Adventure
Angie Sage
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - August 2015 Book of the Month Angie Sage is best known for her wonderful series about apprentice wizard Septimus Heap. Septimus makes an appearance in her new Pathfinder series, though...
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Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2015
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Araminta Spook: Skeleton Island
Angie Sage - illustrated by John Kelly
If you haven't discovered Angie Sage's marvellous Araminta Spook series yet you are in for a treat. Araminta is a feisty character, fond of bats and ghosts, and there's always a spooky element to her adventures. In this story, the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Fyre: Septimus Heap
Angie Sage
The seventh and final breathtaking instalment in the internationally bestselling series. In this spellbinding finale to an epic series, Septimus Heap must decide once and for all where his heart lies - with Magyk or with Alchemie and Physik. Prepare...
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Format: Paperback | Released 13/02/2014
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Fyre: Septimus Heap
Angie Sage
The seventh and final breathtaking instalment in the internationally bestselling series. In this spellbinding finale to an epic series, Septimus Heap must decide once and for all where his heart lies - with Magyk or with Alchemie and Physik. Prepare...
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Format: Hardback | Released 11/04/2013
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Darke
Angie Sage
This wonderful series featuring a boy called Septimus Heap is perfect for boys in particular to get their teeth into. As in the Harry Potter titles we see Septimus a year older with each new book. This is the 6th...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2012
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Septimus Heap 6 : Darke
Angie Sage
This wonderful series featuring a boy called Septimus Heap is perfect for boys in particular to get their teeth into. As in the Harry Potter titles we see Septimus a year older with each new book. This is the 6th...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/10/2011
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Septimus Heap: The Magykal Papers
Angie Sage
This beautifully designed and wonderfully witty Septimus Heap compendium is a dazzling cornucopia of information of every aspect of Septimus's world and the creatures that inhabit it. Sumptuously illustrated throughout, it's the ultimate companion title for fans of Septimus Heap...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/04/2011
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Septimus Heap 5: Syren
Angie Sage
Richly imagined and brilliantly conveyed, the invented world of Septimus Heap is full of curiosity and surprises. As ever, Septimus's romping adventures are hilarious and unlikely as he copes after having been stranded on a beautiful island with his pet...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2010
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Septimus Heap: Syren
Angie Sage
If you've never experienced the incredibly adventurous world of Septimus Heap, the boy who is the seventh son of a seventh son who having discovered his real family and true destiny to be a wizard goes off on some wild...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2009
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Septimus Heap: The Magykal Papers
Angie Sage
This beautifully designed and wonderfully witty Septimus Heap compendium is a dazzling cornucopia of information of every aspect of Septimus's world and the creatures that inhabit it. Sumptuously illustrated throughout, it's the ultimate companion title for fans of Septimus Heap...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2009
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Septimus Heap 4: Queste
Angie Sage
Utterly spellbinding, fast-paced and brilliantly plotted, this is the fourth in the Septimus Heap series, the fantastical adventure that is gripping the nation. Septimus faces yet another fantastical quest to rescue friends trapped back in time. We asked a number...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2009
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Araminta Spook: Ghostsitters
Angie Sage
Home alone with two ghosts and her cousin is not something Araminta Spook had in mind when her aunt and uncle headed off just before her birthday. This is a real page-turner with plenty of imaginative characters, twists and turns...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2008
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Septimus Heap 3: Physik
Angie Sage
Packed with heart-stopping action and endless wit as well as brilliant characters, this novel continues the magical Septimus Heap series. The author opens up an array of dazzling and bewitching worlds that will get your imagination running wild and racing...
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Septimus Heap: Queste
Angie Sage
Utterly spellbinding, fast-paced and brilliantly plotted, this is the fourth in the Septimus Heap series, the fantastical adventure that is gripping the nation. Septimus faces yet another fantastical quest to rescue friends trapped back in time. The first was
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Araminta Spook: Frognapped
Angie Sage
Araminta Spook is just like most girls of 7 plus – she loves bats, ghosts, werewolves, vampires and the like – so if you haven't yet tried her out then Frognapped is just as good as her earlier exploits in...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2007
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Septimus Heap 2: Flyte
Angie Sage
Utterly spellbinding, fast-paced, laugh-out-loud funny and brilliantly plotted, this is the second in the Septimus Heap series, the fantastical adventure that is gripping the nation post Harry Potter. We asked a number of teenagers to review the first in the Septimus Heap...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2007
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Araminta Spook: My Haunted House
Angie Sage
The first in a great new series for just fluent readers, this introduces Araminta Spook whose greatest ambition is to meet a ghost. And its being serialised on Radio 4 in November. Luckily she lives in a haunted house with...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/07/2006
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Reader ReviewedSeptimus Heap 1: Magyk
Angie Sage
This wonderful series, of which this is the first, features the magic of Harry Potter and some similar imaginative characters of Artemis Fowl. 10 year olds will enjoy the world of the Heap family just as much as adults and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2006
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