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Guy Bass - Author

Guy Bass on his recent novel for reluctant and struggling reads Noah Scape:

1. Can you describe Noah Scape Can't Stop Repeating Himself in 5 words?

When Noah doubles there's trouble.
When Noah doubles there's trouble.
When Noah doubles there's trouble.
When Noah doubles there's trouble.
When Noah doubles there's trouble.

2. What was the inspiration for writing the book?

The name was the starting point. I wanted to write a "be careful what you wish for" story, with Noah deliberately deciding to start doubling but it soon spirals out of control to become a situation he can't escape. There is something appealing about the idea of there being one more of you, or four of you, or eight, or a hundred ... but when everyone's the same, it's a sadder world. At the beginning of the story, Noah's so set in his ways that he rejects other people's ideas and opinions but the more he duplicates, the more he realises that difference makes life interesting. Difference and dinosaurs.

3. You could say that Noah is a bit of a difficult student... What were you like at school? Were you as demanding as Noah?

I wish I had been - demanding, not difficult. I was really quiet at school. So quiet that I'm pretty sure I could have turned invisible and I pretty sure no one would have noticed. Which is just one of the two hundred super powers I wished I'd had as a child. I spent every school assembly daydreaming about floating into the air and out of the window. My memory's hazy but i'm almost convinced it never actually happened.

4. We love Steve's artwork and he's said he just might have broken the record for drawing the same character again and again and again! What version of Noah is your favourite?

It's an impressive record! My favourite's one of the (many) Noahs on page 51. He's far off in the background, holding a balloon and looking strangely sinister. Thanks to horror films it's now impossible to hold a balloon and not look evil.

5. Noah loves nothing more than talking about dinosaurs and eating spaghetti with tomato sauce. What two things do you wish everyone loved as much as you do?

Comic books and cheese fondue.

6. Finally, we'd love to see the spot where all your characters come to life. Can you show us a picture of where you write?

Guy Bass in his office

I should point out that my main problem with writing books is the isolation. As you can see, I found a solution - you're never alone with a thousand lifeless painted eyes staring down at you. Oddly, the toys on my shelves seem to have doubled recently. Maybe that's where the real inspiration for Noah Scape came from.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Guy Bass

Noah Scape Can't Stop Repeating Himself
Guy Bass - illustrated by Steve May
Interest Age 8-11 Reading Age 8 Guy Bass's hilarious story is a lesson to be careful what you wish for and why making everything all about you is not the best way to live. Noah Scape (geddit?) knows exactly what...
Lovereading Price: £4.79 - Saving £1.20 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2018
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The Spy's the Limit
Guy Bass - illustrated by Lee Robinson
In a nutshell: part book, part comic, all action! In this new adventure for dinosaur spy Spynosaur, he and his daughter Amber Gamber save the world again, this time by travelling to the Arctic Circle to take on diabolical villain...
Lovereading Price: £4.79 - Saving £1.20 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2017
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Aidan Abet, Teacher's Pet
Guy Bass - illustrated by Steve May
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: shocking levels of sucking-up in super-readable school story | Aidan Abet works hard at school making sure he stays teacher's pet – it's the best way of ensuring protection from horrible...
Lovereading Price: £4.79 - Saving £1.20 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2016
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Spynosaur
Guy Bass - illustrated by Lee Robinson
In a nutshell: scaled ‘n' tailed super-hero saves the world From a land before time comes a hero for today: meet Spynosaur, he's got the mind of a super-spy, but in the body of a dinosaur (a Deinonychus to be...
Lovereading Price: £4.79 - Saving £1.20 (20%) Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/09/2016
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