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David Lucas - Author

David Lucas - As a child

"I was born in Middlesbrough, where my Mum was a teacher and my Dad worked in the steel works. I am the third of six brothers, and as children we were all dressed the same - same haircut, same jeans, same jumpers. When I was five years old we came to London (my Dad had decided to go to Art College) and at first we lived in a tent before moving to a council flat in Hackney. My parents both loved nature so I often spent holidays exploring forests and wandering on the moors in Yorkshire or by the seashore. I loved ruins and castles too - magical, haunted places. I always enjoyed drawing and in my teens I became fascinated by mythology and fairytales and folklore and began writing stories and inventing imaginary worlds and characters."

As an adult

"I live in east London, close to where I grew up, beside Victoria Park. My home is full of strange old books - books of magic spells and secret alphabets and half forgotten legends. I collect old toys too, and colourful folk art and carvings of scary tribal gods with staring eyes. I've always liked fancy dress parties - it's fun pretending to be someone you're not - and I enjoy being on my own in nature - I love places where I can escape the modern world and imagine I'm living centuries ago. I just feel very lucky to be able to make my living from writing stories and making pictures and mostly I live a very quiet life."

As an artist

"I believe the world is alive with magic - and it's that feeling that really inspires my work. My drawing is picture-writing - I never draw from life - I make patterns, as if I were knitting with ink. Writing, for me, is pattern-making too - putting words together as if they were simple shapes, making story-patterns that are a mixture of autobiography and myth and fairytale. I spend the mornings writing, looking out onto the park, listening to the birds singing and the canal boats chugging past. I paint and draw in my studio near London Fields. As well as making picture books I'm also working on an illustrated fantasy novel."

Featured Books, with extracts, by David Lucas

This is My Rock
David Lucas
Standing atop a mountain all day and night can be lonely, especially when you have no one else to play with…
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/03/2015
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Grendel: A Cautionary Tale About Chocolate
David Lucas
Everybody loves chocolate! Grendel certainly loves it more than anything else so, when he finds a message inside a chocolate egg and offering him three wishes, he naturally makes a very terrible mistake. After he has turned the dog and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 13/02/2014
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Grendel: A Cautionary Tale About Chocolate
David Lucas
Everybody loves chocolate! Grendel certainly loves it more than anything else so, when he finds a message inside a chocolate egg and offering him three wishes, he naturally makes a very terrible mistake. After he has turned the dog and...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/03/2013
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Christmas at the Toy Museum
David Lucas
One very special Christmas Eve, Bunting and the rest of the toys in the museum are gathered around the tree - but what's this? There are no presents! What can they do? The normally reserved Bunting has a wonderful idea....
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2012
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The Skeleton Pirate
David Lucas
“I'll never be beaten!” boasts the skeleton pirate. But it turns out not be true... Bound in chains and tossed over board by his enemies, the Skeleton Pirate is set free by a mermaid before both are swallowed up by...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/05/2012
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The Lying Carpet
David Lucas
The Lying Carpet is a timeless philosophical fairytale about taking control of one's life and will capture readers of all ages. It's the story of a little girl who wakes up to find she is a statue in a room...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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Christmas at the Toy Museum
David Lucas
Full of enchanting magic, all the excitement of Christmas is packed into this delightful story. It's Christmas Eve and the toys in the museum discover that there are no presents under the tree! How disappointing! Cleverly, they think of a...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2011
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Lost in the Toy Museum An Adventure
David Lucas
What do toys do when no humans are about? A fabulous night time adventure as all the toys in the museum come to life and play a wonderful game of hide and seek. David Lucas's illustrations are full of detail...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/03/2011
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Cake Girl
David Lucas
Tender and touching, Cake Girl is a delicious fantasy in which a lonely and unhappy witch is taught how to be kind and loving by the charming Cake Girl she creates. With no friends for her birthday, the witch makes...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2009
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Whale
David Lucas
David Lucas has been selected as one of The Big Picture campaign's Best New Illustrators in 2008. Big, bold illustrations are the hallmark of this gorgeous picture book and whales have an unerring fascination to children and adults alike that...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2007
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Nutmeg
David Lucas
David Lucas has been selected as one of The Big Picture campaign's Best New Illustrators in 2008. Nutmeg lives a very dull life with her old Uncle Nicodemus and Cousin Nesbitt. They eat nothing but cardboard for breakfast, string for...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2005
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Halibut Jackson
David Lucas
David Lucas has been selected as one of The Big Picture campaign's Best New Illustrators in 2008. See if you can spot the shy and retiring Halibut Jackson in this beautiful picture book from an extraordinary and innovative artist. Halibut...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2005
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