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Robert Leeson - Author

ROBERT LEESON (1928-2013) started a career in journalism aged 16. In 1946 he began two years' army service in the Middle East and developed a keen interest in Arabic culture. Since the early 1970s he wrote history books and over 70 children's books, and contributed to literary journals. His book Grange Hill Rules OK? inspired the highly successful BBC series Grange Hill. A powerful force in the world of children's books, he visited over 600 schools and libraries encouraging children in reading and creative writing. In 1985 he won the Eleanor Farjeon Award for Services to Children and Literature. CHRISTINA BALIT was born in Manchester but grew up in the Middle East. She studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, and also attended Morley Theatre School and Questors Theatre School. She has exhibited widely and is also a playwright. Her books have won several nominations, commendations and a shortlist place for the Kate Greenway Medal. Kingdom of the Sun (written by Jaqueline Mitton), won the 2002 English Association Award for non-fiction.

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The Arabian Nights
Robert Leeson - illustrated by Christina Balit
Everyone knows the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves but other stories that make up the Arabian Nights are less well known, though they have so much to offer readers of all ages. There are ten stories in...
Lovereading Price: £11.99 - Saving £3.00 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/11/2015
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