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Ian Beck - Author

Ian Beck was born in Hove on the Sussex coast in 1947. At the age of thirteen, after seeing an exhibition of drawings for the Radio Times, he was fired with enthusiasm about illustration and began attending Saturday painting classes at the nearby Brighton College of Art.

Ian has worked in many fields of illustration. He's been involved in the record industry, and painted the cover of one of the most popular records of all time: Elton John's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'. One of Ian's titles, Lost in Snow, was made into an animated film for TV and his books have now sold a million copies worldwide.

Q & A with Ian Beck

1. When did you first start to write stories or draw?

2. In general, where do your ideas come from?

3. What made you write this book?

4. What have you enjoyed most about working on this book?

5. What is your earliest memory?


6. What did you enjoy most at school?

7. Of all the places you have lived, where have you felt most at home and why?

8. Is there a particular holiday destination that you have visited that you would love to return to?

9. Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your pets, past or present?

10. What would you say is your greatest talent?

11. What new skill – it can be anything at all – would you love to learn?

12. What is the most unusual job you have done?

13. What is your most treasured possession?

14. Is there a particular book, author, or film that had a great impact on you in your childhood?

15. What are your hobbies?

Listening to film music and going to the cinema as often as possible.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Ian Beck

Grey Island, Red Boat
Ian Beck
Interest Age 5-8 Ian Beck has created a new fairy story with all the magical sensibility of a classic. Princess Opal lives on the island of Ashes, where cold grey sea washes up against the granite rocks, and it's always...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe First, Third Wish
Ian Beck
Interest Age 5-8 A generous helping of fairy dust fuels this delightful adventure with wonderful illustrations by the author. Cobweb is a very new fairy and she makes a complete mess up of her very first job! Tasked with delivering...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2013
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The Hidden Kingdom
Ian Beck
The young prince Osamu is dragged from his palace bed in the dead of night and told to flee for his life. With only his nurse's daughter, Lissa, to help him survive, he is thrust from his pampered existence into...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2011
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Tom Trueheart and the Land of Myths and Legends
Ian Beck
The diminutive hero Tom Trueheart is back for a fabulously inventive new adventure. His important mission this time is to rescue his father from Jack, the notorious Giant-Killer. To do so, little Tom Trueheart must brave the dangerous and unknown...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2011
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Tom Trueheart and the Land of Myths and Legends
Ian Beck
The diminutive hero Tom Trueheart is back for a fabulously inventive new adventure. His important mission this time is to rescue his father from Jack, the notorious Giant-Killer. To do so, little Tom Trueheart must brave the dangerous and unknown...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/09/2010
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Pastworld
Ian Beck
Take a thrilling journey into the past in this clever time slip mystery which, written in different voices from different times, takes its readers from a dystopian future to a Dickensian past. Caleb is on a tourist trip to the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2010
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Samurai
Ian Beck
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. This is a beautifully written retelling of a traditional Japanese myth, brought vividly to life by some stunning graphic novel-style illustrations by the award-winning Ian Beck. This series - Reloaded - from Barrington Stoke...
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Format: Paperback | Released 09/06/2010
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Pastworld
Ian Beck
Take a thrilling journey into the past in this clever time slip mystery which, written in different voices from different times, takes its readers from a dystopian future to a Dickensian past. Caleb is on a tourist trip to the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2009
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Tom Trueheart And The Land Of Dark Stories
Ian Beck
More fabulous adventures as Tom Trueheart and his brothers return but this time, there may be no more Happy Endings. Perfectly pitched to newly independent readers, this second book about the young and diminutive hero Tom Trueheart takes a different...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2009
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Tom Trueheart And The Land Of Dark Stories
Ian Beck
More fabulous adventures as Tom Trueheart and his brothers return but this time, there may be no more Happy Endings. Tom and his brothers are swept away to the Land of Dark stories. Can Tom save the day even though...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/03/2008
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The Secret History of Tom Trueheart Boy Adventurer
Ian Beck
This handsome little book with striking silhouette illustrations, contains a wonderful story about young Tom Trueheart, the youngest of seven brothers, who sets out into the Land of Stories to find out what can possibly have gone wrong for his...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2007
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The Secret History of Tom Trueheart - Boy Adventurer
Ian Beck
This handsome little book with striking silhouette illustrations, contains a wonderful story about young Tom Trueheart, the youngest of seven brothers, who sets out into the Land of Stories to find out what can possibly have gone wrong for his...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2006
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