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Frank Cottrell Boyce - Author

Frank Cottrell Boyce - Author of the Month, April 2016.

Frank Cottrell Boyce is an accomplished, successful and award-winning author and screenwriter. His books have been shortlisted for a multitude of prizes, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Children's Fiction Award (now the Costa Book Award) and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and Millions, his debut children's novel, won the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2004.

Millions was was later turned into a film by Danny Boyle and it features in the Book Trust’s 100 Best Books List for 9-11 year olds.

Frank is also a successful writer of film scripts and was the official scriptwriter for the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympics, playing an important role devising the ceremony with Danny Boyle. He is also a judge for the BBC Radio 2 500 Words competition. You can read a great interview with Frank and one of his fellow judge, Francesca Simon here!

He has also created a fantastic trilogy, written with his trademark wit, warmth and sense of story, based upon Ian Fleming's novel, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, comprising Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon.

His novel The Unforgotten Coat won the 2012 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

On winning the prize Frank Cottrell Boyce said: “It would be amazing to win this award with any book I'd written but it is a special joy to win it with The Unforgotten Coat, which started life not as a published book at all, but as a gift. Walker gave away thousands of copies in Liverpool - on buses, at ferry terminals, through schools, prisons and hospitals - to help promote the mighty Reader Organisation. We even had the book launch on a train. The photographs in the book, were created by my friends and neighbours - Carl Hunter and Claire Heaney. The story was based on a real incident in a school in Bootle. So everything about it comes from very close to home - even though it's a story about Xanadu!

“Being shortlisted for the Guardian Prize gives you a particularly warm glow because it is awarded by a panel of your fellow authors. Past winners include my childhood heroes - Alan Garner, Leon Garfield, Joan Aiken - and contemporary heroes like Mark Haddon, Geraldine McCaughrean and Meg Rosoff.”

He lives with his family in Liverpool.

You can find out a bit more about him and his Chitty Chitty Bang Bang triology at uk.chittyfliesagain.com

And see the video below for some top tips for writing your own story, taken from the BBC Radio 2 500 Words web page.

If you like Frank Cottrell Boyce you might also like to read books by Philippa Pearce, Ann Turnbull and David Almond.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
Frank Cottrell Boyce - illustrated by Steve Lenton
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | April 2016 Book of the Month With all the invention, originality and insight that is typical of his writing for children, Frank...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce - illustrated by Steven Lenton
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story - Andrea Reeces's Pick of the Year 2015 This is Frank Cottrell Boyce's first standalone novel since Cosmic in 2008 and it's been well worth the wait. The smallest and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 25/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedTed Rules the World
Frank Cottrell Boyce - illustrated by Cate James
Interest Age 5-8 Frank Cottrell Boyce is one of our funniest, most inventive writers for children and his readers should always be ready to expect the unexpected; that's certainly the case here. Ted's birthday starts quietly – he finds his...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - Andrea Reeces's Pick of the Year 2015 - Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story - April 2015 Book of the Month This is Frank Cottrell Boyce's first...
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Format: Hardback | Released 26/03/2015
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Cosmic
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Comic and cosmic, this is a roller coaster adventure that takes Liam Digby up into space with a handful of other children and their parents. It's an hilarious journey of discovery as Liam hurtles around the world finding out exactly...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/03/2015
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Framed
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Framed has been chosen as a favourite book by our Guest Editors Philip Ardargh and Joanna Nadin. Philip Ardagh: Reviewing children's books for a national newspaper on a fairly regular basis means that I have to read a goodly...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/03/2015
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Millions
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Winner of the 2004 CILIP Carnegie Medal When a bag stuffed full of money falls out of a train and into their camp, Damian and Anthony are suddenly rich. Very, very rich, to be precise. But, there is a problem....
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/03/2015
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Desirable
Frank Cottrell Boyce - illustrated by Cate James
A hilarious comedy from award-winning Frank Cottrell Boyce. When George gets an out-of-date aftershave for his birthday, he isn't particularly impressed. But the aftershave seems to have developed some extra properties...and George is now irresistible to every girl around! Particularly...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/11/2014
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Desirable
Frank Cottrell Boyce
A touching comedy from a Carnegie Medal winning author is given a brand new package. With a reading age of 8, it is particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers.
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Millions 10th Anniversary Edition
Frank Cottrell Boyce
When a bag stuffed full of money falls out of a train and into their camp, Damian and Anthony are suddenly rich. Very, very rich, to be precise. But, there is a problem. They only have a few days in...
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Format: Paperback | Released 28/08/2014
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 3: Over the Moon
Frank Cottrell Boyce - illustrated by Joe Berger
June 2014 Book of the Month Time-travelling Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the best-loved car in fiction, has been stolen! It is now in the hands of Tiny Jack, the biggest criminal in history, and its owners, the Tootings, are stranded...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 3: Over the Moon
Frank Cottrell Boyce - illustrated by Joe Berger
The third official sequel to Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, written by one of the country's favourite authors. There's time travel, good versus evil, child kidnapping and much more besides in this brilliant adventure inspired by the original Chitty...
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Format: Hardback | Released 26/09/2013
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 2: The Race Against Time
Frank Cottrell Boyce - illustrated by Joe Berger
The second official sequel to Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, written by one of the country's favourite authors, Frank Cottrell Boyce jumps into the driving seat with his trademark wit, warmth and sense of story to bring a new...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/06/2013
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The Unforgotten Coat
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. Winner of 2012 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize "The judges read...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2012
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 2: The Race Against Time
Frank Cottrell Boyce - illustrated by Joe Berger
The second official sequel to Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, written by one of the country's favourite authors, Frank Cottrell Boyce jumps into the driving seat with his trademark wit, warmth and sense of story to bring a new...
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Format: Hardback | Released 27/09/2012
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1: Flies Again
Frank Cottrell Boyce - illustrated by Joe Berger
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012. Award winning Frank Cottrell Boyce breathes new life into the classic story of a flying car originally conceived by James Bond's creator, Ian Fleming. When Mr Tooting loses his job he embarks...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2012
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Desirable
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Interest Age 8-11 Reading Age 8+. A delicious comedy in which geeky George, whose passion for Warhammer games has long made him a social outcast, is transformed by some past its sell by date after shave. Suddenly everyone wants to...
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again
Frank Cottrell Boyce - illustrated by Joe Berger
Award winning Frank Cottrell Boyce breathes new life into the classic story of a flying car originally conceived by James Bond's creator, Ian Fleming. When Mr Tooting loses his job he embarks on an exciting new project to restore a...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/10/2011
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The Unforgotten Coat
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Winner 2012 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize "The judges read extensively and intensely in their search for the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize this year, but decided unanimously that The Unforgotten Coat's great immediacy and humour really set it...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2011
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Cosmic
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the 2010 Blue Peter 'Book I Couldn't Put Down' Award, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2008, the Carnegie Medal and for the Independent Booksellers' Book Prize 2010. Comic and cosmic, this is a roller coaster adventure that takes Liam...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2009
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Cosmic
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Comic and cosmic, this is a roller coaster adventure that takes Liam Digby up into space with a handful of other children and their parents. It's an hilarious journey of discovery as Liam hurtles around the world finding out exactly...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/06/2008
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Framed
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Prize 2007 'The Book I Couldn't Put Down.'9 - 12 years. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. What the judges said: Cottrell Boyce's second children's novel is original, charming and funny. A choice of Guest Editors Philip...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2006
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Framed
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. What the judges said: Cottrell Boyce's second children's novel is original, charming and funny. It is a poignant and pacey adventure with a tightly structured plot full of humour, wisdom and...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/09/2005
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Millions
Frank Cottrell Boyce
When a bag stuffed full of money falls out of a train and into their camp, Damian and Anthony are suddenly rich. Very, very rich, to be precise. But, there is a problem. They only have a few days in...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2004
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