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Saviour Pirotta - Author

About the Author

Saviour Pirotta is the best-selling author of over 100 children's books. Based in the UK, his work ranges from novelty titles for toddlers to short novels and collections of fairy tales.

Born on the small island of Malta, his parents named him after Jesus the Saviour. He has a brother called Joseph and two aunts called Mary. His father was a carpenter. With such a name, people expected him to grow up liking Bible stories but, influenced by his granny, Saviour preferred pirate and ghost stories, especially the gruesome kind that keep you awake at night.

Saviour grew up speaking three languages, English, Maltese and Italian.  The official language at school, however, was English and this is where he discovered the works of Rosemary Sutcliff and C. S. Lewis, which were to remain a big influence on him for the rest of his life.  He also liked fantasy films with lots of special effects, especially 'Jason and the Argonauts' and 'The Thief of Baghdad'. 

As a child he used to write poems, stories and plays which he performed with friends under a huge mulberry tree in a field. He sold his first work to a local radio station for five pounds and in 1982, he moved to England with the hope of becoming a professional writer. 

His first job in the UK was adapting and directing a play based on a Maltese folk tale. Needless to say, it featured pirates. After that he spent eight years working as a storyteller for the Commonwealth Institute in London, visiting schools and libraries around Britain. His first book, Let the Shadows Fly, was published in 1986. Since then he has  established himself as a versatile writer with many bestsellers to his record. He writes in English but his work has been translated into 28 languages to date. 

Saviour is now a British citizen and lives in the World Heritage Site of Saltaire in Yorkshire.

(Author photo and biography taken from the author's website. Click here to visit it and see more of his work).

Featured books by Saviour Pirotta

Other books by Saviour Pirotta

The Itchy Coo Book o Grimms' Fairy Tales in Scots

The Itchy Coo Book o Grimms' Fairy Tales in Scots

Author: Saviour Pirotta Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/08/2021

Step into a magical world of beautiful princesses and handsome princes, wicked witches and good fairies. Here are ten of the best-loved fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, retold in a friendly, accessible way that's perfect for young children, and now in a beautiful new edition. Featuring glowing illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark, and translated from Saviour Pirotta's lively retellings, these classic fairy tales are now shared in Scots for the first time, translated by a host of well known Scottish writers. Featured Stories: The Sleepin Princess (Matthew Fitt); The Enchantit Gingebreid Hoose (Lari Don); The Magic Bear and the Bonnie Prince (Val McDermid); The Golden-Haired Lassie in the Tower (Sanjeev Kohli); The Wee Moosie and the Swickfu Cat (Shane Strachan); The Princess and the Seeven Wee Gadgies (Thomas Clark); The Swans and the Guid Sister (Ashley Douglas); The Princess and the Puddock (James Robertson); The Lassie That Spun Strae intae Gowd (Matthew Mackie); The Twelve Dauncin Princesses (Susi Briggs)

The Mysterious Island

The Mysterious Island

Author: Saviour Pirotta Illustrator: Davide Ortu Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2021

Famous Folk Tales

Famous Folk Tales

Author: Saviour Pirotta Illustrator: Alessandra Fusi Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/10/2020

Samira's Wish

Samira's Wish

Author: Saviour Pirotta Illustrator: Valeria Szucs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2020

Samira's grandparents are coming to stay for the weekend, to celebrate Grandpa's birthday. Samira has a surprise in store for them. A cooked breakfast! Sadly, Samira's dad scoffs the baked beans when he comes home from work in the early hours of the morning. (He has no idea they were meant to be part of grandpa's surprise.) There is no time for Samira's mum to go to the supermarket so Samira has to go to the corner shop. This is a dusty old place run by Mrs. April. Samira is scared of her because she has a moustache and has never been in the place. But, seeing this is an emergency, she plucks up the courage. Mrs April has only one tin of beans in stock, and it has a very special offer printed on the label. One magic wish come true with every spoonful of beans. (only one wish per person) Back home, everyone thinks the offer is a joke. Buy when Grandpa wishes for a hardback book by his favourite author (he's waiting for the paperback), it comes true. Immediately everyone in the family makes a wish, and the wishes keep on getting bigger, greedier and more ridiculous. When Grandma wishes for a horse, it wrecks the cramped living room so Mum wishes for a bigger house. This has the unfortunate effect of squashing the adjoining houses. The neighbours come to complain and soon the whole estate is at war. Samira wants to make her own wish, to be transported away from the chaos and to a far off place on a unicorn. But there are no beans left. She visits Mrs April in the hope that there might be another tin left, one that Mrs April overlooked. There are none. Mrs April looks in the tin and there is one last bean stuck to the underside of the lid. Is it enough to make Samira's wish come true? Mrs April warns Samira that she has to wish wisely. Samira thinks for a bit, then she eats the bean and wishes she hadn't opened the tin yet. Suddenly everything goes back to what it was before, no fighting on the estate, no squashed houses, no horse wrecking the living room... Now Samira has a whole tin of wishes all over again. But what will she wish for.....?

The Whispering Stones

The Whispering Stones

Author: Saviour Pirotta Illustrator: Davide Ortu Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2020

The Stolen Spear

The Stolen Spear

Author: Saviour Pirotta Illustrator: Davide Ortu Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2019

Storytime Classics: Rapunzel

Storytime Classics: Rapunzel

Author: Saviour Pirotta Illustrator: Lucy Fleming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2019

This beautiful new edition, simply told for young readers, breathes new life into the classic tale of Rapunzel, the girl with long hair who is locked in a tower by a witch. A poor couple steal from an old woman, who takes their baby in revenge and names her Rapunzel. She keeps the child locked in a tower and in years to come, uses Rapunzel's long hair to thwart a young prince's efforts to help Rapunzel escape. But the prince's love for Rapunzel and hers for him eventually unites them-and the old woman is never seen again. Fairy tales have been handed down through generations, and today Rapunzel still captivates young children with its magic and romance. This stunning new edition is brilliantly illustrated in a fun modern style for a new generation to enjoy, telling the story simply and compellingly for today's youngest readers. This book is part of the much-loved Storytime Classics series which offers collectible, child-friendly format editions of classic stories to make the perfect home library for children everywhere.

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