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Stewart Ross - Author

About the Author

After several years teaching at a variety of institutions in Britain, the USA, the Middle East and Sri Lanka, Stewart Ross became a full-time writer eleven years ago. With over 175 published titles to his credit, in a remarkably short time he has become one of Britain’s most popular and versatile authors.

As well as prize-winning books for children, both fiction and non-fiction, he has written two popular novels, two plays, two librettos, and several widely acclaimed historical works, particularly on Scotland. His books, several of which are illustrated with his own photographs, have been translated into about a dozen languages.

Current projects include a third adult novel, five volumes in Hodder's Survivors series of children's historical fiction, more volumes in their Stories From History for young children, several other historical stories and works of non-fiction, a Jubilee revue, and a musical with Paul Englishby (musical director of Captain Corelli's Mandolin'). A frequent lecturer, notably on the QE2, and occasional journalist and broadcaster, Stewart lives near Canterbury with his wife and four children. Each morning escapes domestic hubbub by commuting ten metres to work in a large hut in the garden.

Featured books by Stewart Ross

Other books by Stewart Ross

Wil No One Rid Me of This Troublesome Priest

Wil No One Rid Me of This Troublesome Priest

Author: Stewart Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2020

The Mystery of the Masks

The Mystery of the Masks

Author: Stewart Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2020

The Science of Sherlock Holmes

The Science of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Stewart Ross Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/05/2020

Lively and immensely readable, The Science of Sherlock Holmes looks at the advancements in crime-solving and general science from late Victorian times to the modern day. Over the course of the nineteenth century, the reading public acquired a taste for the new genre of detective fiction. At the same time, science was transforming every aspect of human life. Arthur Conan Doyle, a young doctor and up-and-coming writer, brilliantly wove these two strands together to create detective fiction's most memorable and enduring character: Sherlock Holmes. Detailed yet eminently readable, The Science of Sherlock Holmes looks at contemporary scientific achievement at the time of writing and how these were employed in the Sherlock stories. The book looks at Holmes' deductive logic and his skills in specific areas: codes, prints, writing, disguise, guns etc. and how these are still used today in the world of criminology. Learn about Holmes's brilliant forensic reasoning and his skills in areas such as prints and marks, handwriting, disguise and weaponry. Discover his encyclopaedic scientific knowledge over an immense field, from botany and poisons to physics and ballistics. See, too, how many of the techniques pioneered by Holmes are still relevant in modern criminal investigation.

Twisted Fairy Tales: The Three Little Narwhals

Twisted Fairy Tales: The Three Little Narwhals

Author: Stewart Ross Illustrator: Chris Jevons Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/03/2020

In this whale of a tale, the Big Bad Shark is looking for a tasty snack... when he comes across three delicious-looking narwhals! The loveable, pointy-horned creatures-show-off Spike, arty Spiral, and shy Stubby-discover a sunken pirate ship, and are using the parts to build their own homes. Now they are out of their depth, locked in a battle of wits with the munching, crunching villain. ABOUT THE SERIES: Twisted Fairy Tales are classic children's stories retold with a hilarious spin for young readers. Meet alternative heroes as they encounter strange sidekicks and not-so-arch-enemies. But will they get their happy ever after? These laugh-out-loud tales are brought to life by the cheeky full-colour illustrations.

Twisted Fairy Tales: The Ninjabread Man

Twisted Fairy Tales: The Ninjabread Man

Author: Stewart Ross Illustrator: Chris Jevons Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/02/2020

Twisted Fairy Tales: Snow White and the Seven Robots

Twisted Fairy Tales: Snow White and the Seven Robots

Author: Stewart Ross Illustrator: Chris Jevons Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/02/2020

Once upon a time, a fairy tale went very wrong! This new twist on a traditional children's story is packed with fun, humour, and energy. If you think you know the story of Snow White... think again! The evil Star Queen is determined to be the most beautiful woman in the galaxy, so she shipwrecks her pretty stepdaughter, Snow White, on a remote forest planet. But clever Snow uses her engineering know-how to rebuild her ruined spacecraft into helpers and friends. Step forward Squeaky, Creaky, Rusty, Jerky, Wonky, Blinky, and Box! This hilarious tale featuring quirky full-colour illustrations, and will be sure to thrill readers aged 6+. ABOUT THE SERIES: Twisted Fairy Tales are classic children's stories retold with a hilarious spin for young readers. Meet alternative heroes as they encounter strange sidekicks and not-so-arch-enemies. But will they get their happy ever after? These laugh-out-loud tales are brought to life by the cheeky full-colour illustrations.

The First of Everything A History of Human Invention, Innovation and Discovery

The First of Everything A History of Human Invention, Innovation and Discovery

Author: Stewart Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

A lively and highly readable account of the origins, invention and discovery of just about everything on the planet, the truly global coverage of The First of Everything ranges from the Big Bang to driverless cars. The First of Everything follows a context-setting introduction with seven stimulating sections: In the Beginning (The Big Bang to Homo Sapiens), At Home (the first glass windows to dentures and bikinis); Health and Medicine (herbs to heart transplants); Getting About (donkeys to double deckers); Science and Engineering (potter's wheel to webcam); Peace and War (the first king to fighter-bombers); and Culture (cave painting to rap). This fascinating book takes in the full sweep of human development and ingenuity over twelve millennia; Africa, for example, gave us the first monarch, algebra and great religions emerged from the Middle East, democracy was born in Europe, and America made the first flying machines. More than just a string of dry lists, the colourful text's intriguing insights and asides make it as enjoyable for the casual browser as the more serious researcher.

The First of Everything A History of Human Invention, Innovation and Discovery

The First of Everything A History of Human Invention, Innovation and Discovery

Author: Stewart Ross Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

A lively and highly readable account of the origins, invention and discovery of just about everything on the planet, the truly global coverage of The First of Everything ranges from the Big Bang to driverless cars. The First of Everything follows a context-setting introduction with seven stimulating sections: In the Beginning (The Big Bang to Homo Sapiens), At Home (the first glass windows to dentures and bikinis); Health and Medicine (herbs to heart transplants); Getting About (donkeys to double deckers); Science and Engineering (potter's wheel to webcam); Peace and War (the first king to fighter-bombers); and Culture (cave painting to rap). This fascinating book takes in the full sweep of human development and ingenuity over twelve millennia; Africa, for example, gave us the first monarch, algebra and great religions emerged from the Middle East, democracy was born in Europe, and America made the first flying machines. More than just a string of dry lists, the colourful text's intriguing insights and asides make it as enjoyable for the casual browser as the more serious researcher.

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