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Gareth P. Jones - Author

Gareth first started writing when he was very young but it wasn’t until he was in his early twenties that he completed his first novel. Having had it universally rejected, he wrote a novel for children called Who Killed Charlie Twig, which received an equally unimpressed reception and remains rightly unpublished to this day.Some years passed during which Gareth met his future wife, Lisa and began a career in TV. Working on shows such as 'The Big Breakfast' and 'Richard & Judy', he became side-tracked from his book writing ambitions until one day he found himself having lunch at the offices of Bloomsbury. He mentioned the unpublished book to a nice lady called Sarah, who politely suggested that he should send in the first three chapters for her to look at. Gareth returned home and excitedly told his wife this news, who gently explained that the book he had written actually wasn’t very good, but reminded him that he had recently begun work on a much better idea. This turned out to be good advice.

In 2007 Bloomsbury published the first of four books in the series The Dragon Detective Agency and have since published The Thornthwaite Inheritance, Space Crime Conspiracy and The Considine Curse. Gareth has also written a shorter story, Perry’s 5, published by Barrington Stoke and a series of books called Ninja Meerkats, published by Stripes.

The Case of the Missing Cats was nominated for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize. The Thornthwaite Inheritance has won the Hounslow Junior Book Award, the Calderdale Book Award, Leicester Children’s Book Award, Sefton Super Reads, Doncaster Book Award, Rotherham Children’s Book Award and Fantastic Book Award, Lancaster.

Gareth now divides his time between writing books, producing TV programmes, spending time with his wife and son, Herbie, and playing the slightly ludicrous number of stringed instruments in his front room.

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Reader ReviewedThe Leaky Battery Sets Sail
Gareth P. Jones
The crew of the Leaky Battery are a rum bunch alright: steam-powered metal robots of different shapes and sizes. Originally designed to be servants, they choose piracy as a new career, as it offers adventure, the chance to see the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2015
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The Dinosaurs are Having a Party!
Gareth P. Jones - illustrated by Garry Parsons
August 2014 Book of the Month A rip-roaring dinosaur romp from a Blue Peter Book of the Year winner teamed up with the inimitable Garry Parsons, winner of the Red House Children's Book Award.
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/08/2014
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Constable and Toop
Gareth P. Jones
Funny, gruesome and scary, with the great setting of a funeral parlour, this is an action packed adventure full of the darker and dirtier details of life in Victorian...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2012
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Ninja Meerkats 4 : Hollywood Showdown
Gareth P. Jones
The author has just been named as winner of the Blue Peter Book Award for 2012. Meerkats are everywhere in films and commercials at the moment so it seems quite normal for a terrific little series to be created for...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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Ninja Meerkats 3 : Escape from Ice Mountain
Gareth P. Jones
The Clan of the Scorpion are escorting their mentor, Grandmaster One Eye, to a Kung Fu Grandmaster Meet deep in the mountains of Chile, when they are ambushed by a horde of enormous spiders - the Trained Tarantulas of Santiago!...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2012
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The Considine Curse
Gareth P. Jones
Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2012. A hair-raising family adventure that will have you howling with enjoyment from author of the equally funny The Thornthwaite Inheritance and the Ninja Meerkats series! Gareth P Jones...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2011
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Ninja Meerkats 2 : The Eye of the Monkey
Gareth P. Jones
The meerkat members of the Clan of the Scorpions are back. This time they are investigating the theft of an Indian Emerald with magical powers which vanished from right under the noses of the monkeys who were guarding it. Even...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2011
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Ninja Meerkats 1 : The Clan of the Scorpion
Gareth P. Jones
Bravery propels this entertaining adventure of how the four meerkat members of the Clan of the Scorpions fight to the death to prevent the evil ringmaster's plan for world domination. A Big Cat is missing from the Hong Kong zoo;...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2011
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The Case Of The Vanished Sea Dragon
Gareth P. Jones
This detective series has become wonderfully addictive so if your children have yet to experience it then do take a serious look and dip into one of the extracts. This, likes its predecessors is brilliantly plotted, suspenseful, fast-paced and just...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2008
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Dragon Detective: Case Of The Wayward Professor
Gareth P. Jones
Dragons solving crimes, racy plot-driven stories and lots of humour make this an absolutely compelling read for 7-9 year olds. Action-packed and crime-infested The Wayward Professor is the second in The Dragon Detective Agency series with The Case of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2007
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Case Of The Missing Cats
Gareth P. Jones
Intrigue, drama and danger are all around you in this marvellous adventure that's full of sleuthing from the no. 1 dragon detective Dirk Dilly, who together with a little girl called Holly solve the mystery of the missing cats.
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2007
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