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Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for years while also producing and directing a number of no-budget theatre projects. Philip then began illustrating and has since provided cartoons and jokes for around forty books, including the best-selling Scholastic series Horrible Histories, as well as Murderous Maths and Dead Famous. He's been writing stories since he was five, but Mortal Engines was the first to be published.

Mortal Engines defies easy categorisation. It is a gripping adventure story set in an inspired fantasy world, where moving cities trawl the globe. A magical and unique read, it immediately caught the attention of readers and reviewers and won several major awards. Three more Predator Cities novels followed, and Philip's latest project are the Fever Crumb books, prequels set centuries before the events of Mortal Engines. Philip has also written Buster Bayliss, a series for younger readers, and stand alone novels including Here Lies Arthur, which won the Carnegie Medal. Philip lives in Devon with his wife and son and his interests are walking, drawing, writing and reading.

Click here to see a Philip talking about his new adventure book, Oliver and the Seawigs, a collaboration with Sarah McIntyre.

Philip Reeve's fiction publisher, Marion Lloyd, describes his Predator Cities series:

“..inspiring adventure stories, in whose futuristic, post-apocalyptic setting, moving cities trawl the Earth. They attack and consume each other in wastelands where natural resources are scarce, and Ancient technology is fought for. Fast-paced, sometimes violent, always surprising and original, Reeve’s epic sequence of love, war and adventure are richly rewarding for both adults and children.”

Praise for Philip Reeve:

‘Conveys big truths while being witty and playful...clever and moving’ - The Sunday Times on Fever Crumb

‘Intelligent, funny and wise’ - Literary Review on Fever Crumb

‘I felt as if the pages themselves were charged with electricity... Fever Crumb is a terrific read, a sci-fi Dickens, full of orphans, villains, chases and mysteries’ - Frank Cottrell Boyce in The Guardian on Fever Crumb

‘Reeve drives his juggernaut of a talent through the streets of a mob-crazed futuristic London with Cecil B DeMille grandeur. Resent being suckered into sequels? Fever Crumb is a complete story – but it may prove addictive’ - Geraldine McCaughrean, Daily Telegraph on Fever Crumb

‘A bold, brightly honed narrative that grabs and holds the attention from the start’ - 
Interzone on Fever Crumb

‘A masterpiece’ - Sunday Telegraph                       

‘Big, brave, brilliant’ - Guardian

‘A majestic achievement’ - Sunday Times                 

‘Mind bogglingly well-imagined’ - Independent

‘Marvellous… utterly captivating in its imaginative scope and energy’ - Daily Telegraph

 ‘Brilliant… an absorbing and emotionally engaging work’ - Amanda Craig, The Times


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Cakes in Space
Cakes in Space
Philip Reeve
Best-selling Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre’s space adventure with a difference sees Astra, a young girl travelling to a new life in Nova Mundi, setting in motion a gigantic cake catastrophe.  Astra is ‘definitely peckish’ at the start of her...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
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Oliver and the Seawigs
Reader Reviewed Oliver and the Seawigs
Philip Reeve
Award-winning Philip Reeve spins a hugely original yarn encompassing moving islands, a short sighted mermaid, a stuck-up boy by the name of Stacey de Lacey and his private army of cheeky, smelly green sea monkeys and a charming hero Oliver...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
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Goblin Quest
Reader Reviewed Goblin Quest
Philip Reeve
June 2014 Book of the Month   The award-winning Goblins are back for a third adventure and this time they venture forth from Clovenstone Castle. Having seen off the thieving dwarves the goblins are now on a bold quest to solve...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Oliver and the Seawigs
Reader Reviewed Oliver and the Seawigs
Philip Reeve
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2014 - Best Story September 2013 Book of the Month  Award-winning Philip Reeve spins a hugely original yarn encompassing moving islands, a short sighted mermaid, a stuck-up boy by the name of Stacey...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2013
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Goblins Vs Dwarves
Reader Reviewed Goblins Vs Dwarves
Philip Reeve
A brilliant and equally witty follow-up to Goblins which won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Now the goblins are under direct attack by the dwarves who are desperate to steal all the treasure from the goblins’ stronghold, Clovenstone Castle. Led...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/03/2013
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Predator's Gold: Predator Cities 2
Predator's Gold: Predator Cities 2
Philip Reeve
Tom and Hester's adventure continues in the amazing world Reeve created in the Predator Cities quartet. They flee from the 'fire' of London into the 'frying pan' of the once beautiful ice city of Anchorage.  The quartet is a stunning...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/06/2012
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Mortal Engines: Predator Cities 1
Mortal Engines: Predator Cities 1
Philip Reeve
The Predator Cities quartet is a stunning blend of past and future technologies where the world of the traction era and mobile cities fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic future.  The publication of Mortal Engines, the first in the quartet launched...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/06/2012
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Infernal Devices: Predator Cities 3
Infernal Devices: Predator Cities 3
Philip Reeve
This is the third of what is already considered to be a classic in the Predator Cities quartet that will be read by children for many years to come. Time has moved on and Tom and Hester might have a...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/06/2012
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A Darkling Plain: Predator Cities 4
A Darkling Plain: Predator Cities 4
Philip Reeve
Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2006.  All the interweaving stories of the first three titles in the Predator Cities quartet are brought together in this breathtaking climax. The quartet is a stunning blend of past and future technologies...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/06/2012
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Goblins
Reader Reviewed Goblins
Philip Reeve
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012. Fans of Mortal Engines will devour Philip Reeves’s richly detailed goblin extravaganza. The dank and dark towers and stairways of Clovenstone Keep are packed full of dirty, smelly, squabbling goblins. As a breed,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/04/2012
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Fever Crumb : Scrivener's Moon
Fever Crumb : Scrivener's Moon
Philip Reeve
The next awe-inspiring adventure in the Mortal Engines series by a superb, award-winning writer at the height of his powers.  A fabulous new adventure to add to his best-selling Mortal Engines fantasy sequence. Fever Crumb, heroine of previous adventures, comes...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/04/2011
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No Such Thing As Dragons
No Such Thing As Dragons
Philip Reeve
This is the author’s first stand alone novel since the spectacular Here Lies Arthur, winner of the 2008 Carnegie Medal. Reeve’s brilliant imagination has conjured up a dragon story in the grand tradition of children’s fantasy fiction, but one that...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2010
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Fever Crumb : Mortal Engines Prequel
Fever Crumb : Mortal Engines Prequel
Philip Reeve
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2010. Reeves' post-apocalyptic world where mobile cities fight for survival has brought many a child into the world of reading for fun.  Now Fever Crumb, the stand-alone prequel to the quartet and set many generations before...
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Fever Crumb: A Web of Air
Fever Crumb: A Web of Air
Philip Reeve
Philip Reeve’s epic Mortal Engines series has set the imagination of many a child completely wild since it first began.  This is the 6th novel to be set in the awesome world of Mortal Engines and the sequel to Fever...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/04/2010
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Fever Crumb : A Web of Air
Fever Crumb : A Web of Air
Philip Reeve
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2011: Favourite Story* Philip Reeve’s epic Mortal Engines series has set the imagination of many a child completely wild since it first began.  This is the 6th novel to be set in the...
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Larklight 3: Mothstorm
Larklight 3: Mothstorm
Philip Reeve
With comic genius and storytelling brilliance the author has woven an ingenious and inventive space travel fantasy adventure, featuring a wild and wacky family that will enthral every reader and get both children and adults turning the pages faster than...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2009
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Mortal Engines: Fever Crumb
Mortal Engines: Fever Crumb
Philip Reeve
This is one of the most eagerly anticipated novels of 2009 from the critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling author of the Mortal Engines Quartet. Reeves' post-apocalyptic world where mobile cities fight for survival has brought many a child into the world of...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2009
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Here Lies Arthur
Here Lies Arthur
Philip Reeve
New Edition. Winner of the prestigious 2008 Carnegie. Prize-winning author Philip Reeve gives a brilliant new take on the legend of King Arthur. Myrddin rides with Arthur spinning tales for and about him but what is the truth and can...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2009
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Larklight 3: Mothstorm
Larklight 3: Mothstorm
Philip Reeve
With comic genius and storytelling brilliance the author has woven an ingenious and inventive space travel fantasy adventure, featuring a wild and wacky family that will enthral every reader and get both children and adults turning the pages faster than...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2008
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Larklight 2: Starcross
Larklight 2: Starcross
Philip Reeve
Definitely a series that is not of this world but the world that Philip Reeve has so cleverly created is one that children can’t fail to get hooked on. The first in the series Larklight, was received with rapturous...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2008
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Here Lies Arthur
Here Lies Arthur
Philip Reeve
Winner of the prestigious 2008 Carnegie. Prize-winning author Philip Reeve gives a brilliant new take on the legend of King Arthur. Myrddin rides with Arthur spinning tales for and about him but what is the truth and can Gwyna...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2008
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Larklight 2: Starcross
Larklight 2: Starcross
Philip Reeve
Definitely a series that is not of this world but the world that Philip Reeve has so cleverly created is one that children can’t fail to get hooked on. The first in the series Larklight, was received with rapturous...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2007
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Larklight
Larklight
Philip Reeve
A glorious romp of a story, Larklight is a Victorian space adventure combining some entertaining period jokes with a fantastical trip into unknown worlds. Funny and inventive as Arthur and his sister Myrtle set off on their adventure,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 18/06/2007
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Here Lies Arthur
Here Lies Arthur
Philip Reeve
Winner of the 9-11 Nestle Bronze Award 2007. Shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2007. Prize-winning author Philip Reeve gives a brilliant new take on the legend of King Arthur. Myrddin rides with Arthur spinning tales for and about...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2007
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Custardfinger
Custardfinger
Philip Reeve
Buster is every boy’s favourite character for he’s a boy after most boy’s hearts - he’s out to save the world.  Hilarious and action-packed kids will love it and it’s written by one of our best known writers and author...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2007
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Darkling Plain
Darkling Plain
Philip Reeve
Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2006. By Hugh (10) - It is a brilliant mix of action, suspense and emotion.  I love how you can really understand the character's feelings. Hester isn't just Hester, but a sad...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2007
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Larklight
Larklight
Philip Reeve
A glorious romp of a story, Larklight is a Victorian space adventure combining some entertaining period jokes with a fantastical trip into unknown worlds. Funny and inventive as Arthur and his sister Myrtle set off on their adventure,...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2006
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A Darkling Plain
A Darkling Plain
Philip Reeve
Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2006. By Hugh (10) - It is a brilliant mix of action, suspense and emotion.  I love how you can really understand the character's feelings. Hester isn't just Hester, but a sad...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 20/03/2006
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