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Clive Gifford - Author

Clive Gifford is a highly experienced journalist and author with over 70 books in print and more than 800 features and stories written for adults and children.

Clive is an unusual author who likes to work in both fiction and non-fiction. Perhaps this reflects his unusual life which, so far, has seen him travel through 47 countries, be held hostage in Colombia, go parachuting, coach several sports and run a computer games company.

Clive Gifford is an award-winning author of more than 150 books for children and adults. His book, Eye Benders, published by Ivy Kids, won the 2014 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize. This is Not a Science Book is the follow-up to the best-selling This is Not a Maths Book, also published by Ivy Kids, which won the Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Education Award at the British Book Design and Production Awards 2015.

Is your new book This is Not a Science Book a science book or what?

Ahhh, that would be telling! I can tell you what it is not and that’s a stuffy school science textbook. It is an entertaining activities book with lots of drawing, investigating, colouring-in, project making and puzzling to be done but it does show how all around you, science is constantly happening.

The book is packed with surprising facts and phenomena and activities to scramble your brain with visual illusions and tricks. Why not have a look yourselves, then you can tell me whether the book is out science or about fun or, a lot of both.

Where do you live?

I live in a large three-storey tumbledown house on the very edge of Manchester. It's pretty old - I think it was built in 1906 - and there always seems to be bits of it falling off! It overlooks the Mersey Valley and I can cycle through countryside and canal paths to get to the centre of Manchester.

What do you carry with you when you travel for your writing?

I always carry a notebook and several pens (I am constantly losing pens) to jot down any ideas that spring to mind. I also carry a digital camera or my smartphone to snap pictures and a tiny MP3 player to record interviews. There’s always a pack of Post-It notes in one of my pockets to mark pages of books with useful information to return to, as well.

What is your favourite children's book ever?

That is a toughie! I can give you several favourites if that is okay, starting with the ‘Golden Compass/Northern Lights’ trilogy by Phillip Pullman which I think were truly magical examples of storytelling and David Almond’s ‘Skellig’ which is a truly beautiful story.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Books. No question. Every project I work on needs lots of books to research the subject and gives me the excuse to go to the bookshop and spend, spend, spend! I haven’t counted them but I reckon I’ve got over 7,000 books all littered round my house!

Do you still buy books at shops or do you get all your facts off the internet?

The Internet is, of course, very useful especially for checking and getting the most up to date statistic or snippet but the information on there often only tells a tiny part of the whole story. For a complete picture of how or why something works or more detail, I still think books and magazines are extremely important. I visit bookshops and use libraries all the time. The libraries in my area, Trafford, are excellent and we have an amazing old bookshop over in Sharston which has more than half a million old books!

What would you like to be if you weren't a writer?

Really good question! I really would have liked to have been a rock star but was lousy at playing the guitar. The other job I would have liked was to be a documentary film-maker.

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This is Not a Science Book
Clive Gifford - illustrated by Charlotte Milner
There's a lot more to science than lab coats, test tubes and text books as this stimulating interactive activity book demonstrates. All you need is a pen or pencil to try out the more than 30 different projects contained within...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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England Rugby Official Junior Supporters' Guide
Clive Gifford
The perfect mix of stats, facts and pictures for rugby-mad kids who want their information in bite-sized chunks. From Twickenham, the home of England rugby, to Stuart Lancaster, the man calling the shots, everything you need to know about England...
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Format: Hardback | Released 13/08/2015
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Robot's Revenge
Clive Gifford
A thrilling adventure in which you the reader decide the route of the adventure, using your knowledge and learning more from the book about robotics and inventions. You may have to sneak past sensors, pull the power on a monster...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2014
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The Kingfisher Football Encyclopedia
Clive Gifford
Fully revised and updated, this is the perfect gift book for the 2014 World Cup and beyond capturing the triumph and despair of pivotal moments in world football. Includes in-depth coverage of every aspect of football, including rules and skills;...
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Format: Paperback | Released 08/05/2014
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Fantastic Football 2010
Clive Gifford
Packed with facts and figures and handsomely produced, Fantastic Football makes perfect pre-World Cup reading. Everything about previous World Cups – who won, who lost, shock results and highlights about the superstars who created the thrilling moments is told in...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/03/2010
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Outstanding Olympics
Clive Gifford
Hundreds of fascinating facts about the Olympics past and present, both summer and winter are to be found in this terrific compendium that will provide hours of entertainment whilst the Games are on this summer. From triumph and tragedy to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2008
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Teenage Kicks: 101 things to do before you're 16
Clive Gifford
An absolute must for every early teenager. Fun, interesting and useful the author has compiled a great list of things to be sure to do before those early care free days – the childish wonder of innocence – are over...
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Format: Paperback | Released 27/03/2008
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The World Of The Golden Compass
Clive Gifford
Don't miss out on this insight into the intriguing world of The Golden Compass, the film of one of the bestselling books of all time, Northern Lights. From author Clive Gifford comes a comprehensive guide to the plot, story and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/11/2007
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Crimebusters
Clive Gifford
Become a detective! Crimes are solved using many techniques from fingerprinting to DNA analysis. Read all about the theory and then put it into practice with some simple home experiments.
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2007
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So You Think You Know the World Cup?
Clive Gifford
A World Cup Selection. Are you well prepared for the kick off in June? Do you think you know it all? Through the 1000 plus questions you can test yourself and find out if you really do...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 20/04/2006
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Fantastic Football
Clive Gifford
Packed with facts and figures and handsomely produced, Fantastic Football makes perfect pre-World Cup reading. Everything about previous World Cups – who won, who lost, shock results and highlights about the superstars who created the thrilling moments is told...
Lovereading Price: £6.39 - Saving £1.60 (20%) Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2006
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