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Horatio Clare - Author

Horatio Clare's first book, Running for the Hills, an acclaimed account of a Welsh childhood, won a Somerset Maugham Award, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and saw Horatio shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. His subsequent books include Truant, A Single Swallow (shortlisted for the Dolman Travel Book of the Year), The Prince's Pen and most recently the best-selling travelogue, Down to the Sea in Ships. His essays and reviews appear regularly in the national press and on BBC radio. Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot is his first book for children.

A Q&A with Horatio about his first book for children, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, and how he came to write it.

Where did the idea for this book come from? Pretty much the usual place. Normally ideas come in the bath or by a river, from the muses, gods, a fine lunch… This one came in Italy when I was very blue.

Did you ever go night-venturing in a 'Rushing Wood' real or imagined, like Aubrey? Not in that wood, no, but in many others of course! And I stil will when I am old, hopefully.

Have you ever had a conversation with an owl or any other creature in the book? Would you like to?
Yes, of course. I hoot and whicker at owls, or ‘owlers’ as we call them, pretty well nightly. Even in big cities you find them. At home there’s a bunch of little owls which take over the trees outside, the roof sometimes and the gutters, around the time the bats come out. We’ve had some hoots.

Did you have a book like Aurbrey’s Greek Legends, Myths and Monsters as a child? What were your favourite children's books? Yes, I did. Too many to mention. This one is indebted to BB and Brendon Chase and many of his books. And Fantastic Mr Fox.

There's a lot of joy and sadness in this book. Was it difficult/important for you to write about depression and why did you choose to do so in this way? I have written about it a lot. It is in many families and it does make a fearful good tale. I am amaze and humbled to have the chance again in children’s books, with such a superb artist acting as illustrator. Do look more at Jane Matthews’ work.

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Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot
Horatio Clare - illustrated by Jane Matthews
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Winner of The Branford Boase Award 2016. One of our Books of the Year 2015. This is a special and unusual book. It features some beautiful writing, and conjures up the sights, sounds...
Lovereading Price: £6.39 - Saving £1.60 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/09/2015
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