Guest Editor - Marcus Sedgwick Guest Editor - Marcus Sedgwick

Novelist, wood-carver, drummer, and now our Guest Editor – Marcus Sedgwick

Featured Books

White Crow
Marcus Sedgwick
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2011 Packed full of suspense, this is a tingling and chilling Gothic thriller in which nothing can quite be taken for granted. Rebecca is forced to abandon her bustling life in London for the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/07/2010
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Raven Mysteries 3: Lunatics and Luck
Marcus Sedgwick
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2011: Most Fun Story with Pictures*. As told by a raven, this Gothic horror richly laced in humour is a delicious read – especially when the moon is full! Castle Otherhand is beset...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/03/2010
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Revolver
Marcus Sedgwick
Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book Prize 2010. Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2010, the Independent Booksellers' Book Prize 2010 and for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2009. A tense, psychological drama set in the snowy wilderness of the Arctic...
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Format: Paperback | Released 23/04/2010
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The Kiss of Death
Marcus Sedgwick
Marcus Sedgwick returns with a heart-stopping, beautifully crafted novel featuring Peter from My Swordhand is Singing, set many years later but still on the trail of the Shadow Queen. Venice, the fabled city with its lapping waterways, crumbling magnificence, and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2009
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Blood Red, Snow White
Marcus Sedgwick
Revolution! Arthur Ransome, an English journalist and writer, sets off for Russia and soon finds himself at the heart of a network of spies and so swept up in extreme danger as Trotsky and Lenin bring down the Tsars and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 29/05/2008
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My Swordhand Is Singing
Marcus Sedgwick
Winner of the Book Trust Teenage book award 2007 and shortlisted for the 2007 Carnegie Award and our favourite to win the award. Highly readable yet thought-provoking, mysterious yet chilling, and so perfectly paced that it is totally unputdownable. The quality of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2007
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The Foreshadowing
Marcus Sedgwick
No child who reads this will ever sanction a war if they can help it. Marcus brings the horrors of World War One to life in fiction in the most dramatic of ways. It really is completely compelling,...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 04/05/2006
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Dark Flight Down
Marcus Sedgwick
This is the stunning conclusion to The Book of Dead Days, a sweeping gothic fantasy that is packed with mystery and intrigue and the loose ends from the earlier book are brought together brilliantly into a story that is both...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 28/04/2005
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Book of Dead Days
Marcus Sedgwick
An intriguing, action-packed, highly readable story that has a twist in it that you'll never guess. The characters are beautifully drawn and the storyline very original. If you're not into fantasy this is the author to get you into it...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 03/05/2004
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Dark Horse
Marcus Sedgwick
Compelling and gripping, beautifully crafted with a narrative that will stick in your mind long after you've finished. It's a powerful story of magic and betrayal in a distant past whilst at the same time has a timeless ingredient to...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 15/05/2003
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Witch Hill
Marcus Sedgwick
A brilliant, dark and compelling read that cleverly interweaves the story of a 17th century witch into the life of a boy whose world is forever haunted by fire, for his family home was destroyed by it as was his...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 01/07/2005
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Floodland
Marcus Sedgwick
This was hailed as one of the most extraordinary debuts when it was first published in 2000. Set in the near future on the east coast of England that has been reclaimed by the sea it tells the story of...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 02/03/2000
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The Raven Mysteries: Flood and Fang (Book One)
Marcus Sedgwick
A Richard and Judy Children's Book Club selection 2011 - Read by Yourself category Told from the bird's eye view of a resident raven, this is a deliciously topsy-turvy comedy full of unusual details. The Otherhand family are far...
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Format: Hardback | Released 12/03/2009
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Flood And Fang (The Raven Mysteries - Book One) - Audio
Marcus Sedgwick
CD - Audio. Read by Martin Jarvis. Told from the bird's eye view of a resident raven, this is a deliciously topsy-turvy comedy full of unusual details. The Otherhand family are far from normal and life in Otherhand Castle is...
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Format: Cd-audio | Released 02/04/2009
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The Raven Mysteries 2: Ghosts and Gadgets
Marcus Sedgwick
There is hilarious fun to be had in these mystery stories about the original, not to say odd, family who live in Otherhand Castle. Told by Edgar the Raven whose views are sharp even if his perspective is unusual, the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2009
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Old Peter's Russian Tales
Arthur Ransome, Christina Hardyment - illustrated by Christina Hardyment
July 2010 Guest Editor Marcus Sedgwick: "I think this was the book that more than any other gave me a love of folk and fairy tales. Written by Ransome years before his Swallow and Amazon series, it's full of delightful...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2003
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The Gormenghast Trilogy (3 in 1)
Mervyn Peake
July 2010 Guest Editor Marcus Sedgwick explains why this book inspires him: "When I grew up a bit, my dad bought me a second hand copy of Gormenghast, the middle book in this trilogy, and somehow knowing I was going...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/1999
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Casino Royale
Ian Fleming
July 2010 Guest Editor Marcus Sedgwick explains why he has selected Casino Royale: "I could give you a thousand reasons (well, almost) why I wish I'd written this, the first James Bond novel by Ian Fleming. Okay, so some bits...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2004
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Treasure Island (with an Introduction by Eoin Colfer)
Robert Louis Stevenson
This is a much-loved favourite classic - and here are the thoughts of no less than four of our favourite authors, who all selected it ! June...
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Format: Paperback | Released 28/02/2008
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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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The amazingly energetic and multi-talented Marcus Sedgwick is an award-winning novelist, part time woodcarver, and drummer in two bands. Marcus has been shortlisted for and won numerous book awards including the Carnegie, the Booktrust Teenage award and the Guardian Fiction Prize.

His impeccable new Gothic thriller, White Crow, is perfect for fans of the Twilight series. Also his older titles are certainly not to be missed either by teens or for younger readers his Raven Mysteries series is perfect.

Why not check them all out right here complete with taster extracts. As our Guest Editor you can also hear about the books that have inspired him on his writing journey and indeed those ones that he remembers with fondness from his childhood and why. You’ll find his recommendations below.

Marcus Sedgwick on….

Old Peter's Russian Tales by Arthur Ransome

I think this was the book that more than any other gave me a love of folk and fairy tales. Written by Ransome years before his Swallow and Amazon series, it's full of delightful writing, and things both light and dark. Ever since I started writing myself I've tried to find ways to work folk tales into my stories.

The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake

When I grew up a bit, my dad bought me a second hand copy of Gormenghast, the middle book in this trilogy, and somehow knowing I was going to love it, I waited until I could get the first book, Titus Groan, before I started to read. And I did love it: I'd never read anything so strange and dark and beautiful and when I finished the last book, I didn't know what to do except to start writing myself.

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

I could give you a thousand reasons (well, almost) why I wish I'd written this, the first James Bond novel by Ian Fleming. Okay, so some bits of it haven't aged so well, but overall it's just so exciting, bold, and fast, just like 007 himself. Later books may have more to recommend them, but this is where I fell in love.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

I continually list this book in my top five, because it's my belief that most people haven't actually read it, and know it only from Bowdlerised abridgements, which is a shame because the real thing is powerful, dark and above all, scary.

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Another book I would be very proud to have written - I think comic writing is the hardest thing to do well, and this book is not only funny, it's a very happy book too, and we could all do with a few more of those in the world.

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