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Simon Mayo - Author

About the Author

itch simon mayo aluminum Simon Mayo is best known for his BBC Radio 2 Drivetime show. He began writing four years ago, when he decided to create something for his son Joe, an avid reader and science nut. Having spent ten years interviewing scientists for his Radio 5 Live show he had plenty of ideas, and was soon consumed by ITCH and his story, waking up in the middle of the night to write. Simon has spent the last three years juggling his broadcasting job with visiting schools and talking about the ITCH series. During this time he’s met over 10,000 children as well as having appeared at literary and science festivals. Simon has worked on BBC radio since 1981 and runs a Book Club on his Radio 2 show. He is also the co-presenter of "Kermode and Mayo's Film Review" on BBC Radio 5 Live. In 2008, Mayo was recognized as the "radio broadcaster of the year" at the 34th annual Broadcasting Press Guild Awards and the "Speech Broadcaster of the Year" at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.

Featured books by Simon Mayo

Itchcraft

Itchcraft

9+ readers

Author: Simon Mayo Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Exploding euros and exciting elements - join Itch, Jack and Chloe on their latest adventure. Itchingham Lofte, teenage element hunter and unlikely hero, has had enough excitement to last him a lifetime.

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Itch Rocks

Itch Rocks

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Simon Mayo Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/02/2014

It's time to save the world. Again. It is the second book in the explosively exciting ITCH series by radio presenter Simon Mayo.

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Itch Rocks

Itch Rocks

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Simon Mayo Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

It's time to save the world. Again. It is the second book in the explosively exciting ITCH series by radio presenter Simon Mayo.

ebook of the month
Itch Rocks

Itch Rocks

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Simon Mayo Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/02/2014

After almost poisoning his whole class with arsenic gas, going on the run from a psychotic science teacher and nearly dying of radiation poisoning, life is getting back to normal for Itchingham Lofte - at least, as normal as it can be when you have a round-the-clock detail of government security guards watching your every move.

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Itch Rocks

Itch Rocks

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Simon Mayo Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

After almost poisoning his whole class with arsenic gas, going on the run from a psychotic science teacher and nearly dying of radiation poisoning, life is getting back to normal for Itchingham Lofte - at least, as normal as it can be when you have a round-the-clock detail of government security guards watching your every move.

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Other books by Simon Mayo

Knife Edge

Knife Edge

Author: Simon Mayo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2020

'The best kind of thriller - step by all-too-plausible step we're sucked into frantic, breathless action ... Perfect. LEE CHILD You never know where danger may come from... 6.45am. A sweltering London rush hour. And in the last 27 minutes, seven people have been murdered. In a series of coordinated attacks, seven men and women across London have been targeted. For journalist Famie Madden, the horror unfolds as she arrives for the morning shift. The victims have one thing in common: they make up the investigations team at the news agency where Famie works. The question everyone's asking: what were they working on that could prompt such brutal devastation? As Famie starts to receive mysterious messages, she must find out whether she is being warned of the next attack, or being told that she will be the next victim...

Knife Edge

Knife Edge

Author: Simon Mayo Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2020

'The best kind of thriller - step by all-too-plausible step we're sucked into frantic, breathless action ... Perfect. LEE CHILD You never know where danger may come from... 6.45am. A sweltering London rush hour. And in the last 27 minutes, seven people have been murdered. In a series of coordinated attacks, seven men and women across London have been targeted. For journalist Famie Madden, the horror unfolds as she arrives for the morning shift. The victims have one thing in common: they make up the investigations team at the news agency where Famie works. The question everyone's asking: what were they working on that could prompt such brutal devastation? As Famie starts to receive mysterious messages, she must find out whether she is being warned of the next attack, or being told that she will be the next victim...

Mad Blood Stirring

Mad Blood Stirring

Author: Simon Mayo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2019

'The plot of Mad Blood Stirring grows from a kernel of historical truth, but his book dazzles not so much as fact than as fiction...Instructive as well as entertaining' NEW YORK TIMES 1815: The war is over but for the inmates at Dartmoor Prison, peace - like home - is still a long way away. On the eve of the year 1815, the captured sailors of the Eagle arrive at Dartmoor prison; bedraggled, exhausted, sustained only by a rumour heard along the way. Joe Hill thought he'd left the conflict behind but it is clear there is a different type of battle here. As he announces the news of the end of the war, the guards bristle and the inmates stir. The powder keg was fixed to blow and Joe has just lit the fuse. Elizabeth Shortland, the Governor's wife, looks out at the unsettled crowd. The peace means the end is near, that she needn't be here for ever. But suddenly, she cannot bear the thought of leaving. Inspired by true events, Mad Blood Stirring is a story of hope and freedom, of loss and suffering. It is a story about how sometimes, in our darkest hour, it can be the most unlikely of things that see us through. * 'Wonderful - a story I never heard before, told with style, pace, character, texture, and tension ... bliss.' Lee Child 'Bristling with energy, written with passion, Mad Blood Stirring is a joy to read.' John Boyne

Mad Blood Stirring

Mad Blood Stirring

Author: Simon Mayo Format: eBook Release Date: 19/04/2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Mad Blood Stirring by Simon Mayo, read by Rhashan Stone. 1815: The war is over but for the inmates at Dartmoor Prison, peace - like home - is still a long way away. On the eve of the year 1815, the American sailors of the Eagle finally arrive at Dartmoor prison; bedraggled, exhausted but burning with hope. They've only had one thing to sustain them - a snatched whisper overheard along the way. The war is over.Joe Hill thought he'd left the war outside these walls but it's quickly clear that there's a different type of fight to be had within. The seven prison blocks surrounding him have been segregated; six white and one black. As his voice rings out across the courtyard, announcing the peace, the redcoat guards bristle and the inmates stir. The powder keg was already fixed to blow and Joe has just lit the fuse. Elizabeth Shortland, wife of the Governor looks down at the swirling crowd from the window of her own personal prison. The peace means the end is near, that she needn't be here for ever. But suddenly, she cannot bear the thought of leaving.Inspired by a true story, Mad Blood Stirring tells of a few frantic months in the suffocating atmosphere of a prison awaiting liberation. It is a story of hope and freedom, of loss and suffering. It is a story about how sometimes, in our darkest hour, it can be the most unlikely of things that see us through.'Bristling with energy, written with passion, Mad Blood Stirring is a joy to read.' - John Boyne'This is a cracking novel.' - Sir Kenneth Branagh

Mad Blood Stirring

Mad Blood Stirring

Author: Simon Mayo Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/04/2018

1815: The war is over but for the inmates at Dartmoor Prison, peace - like home - is still a long way away. On the eve of the year 1815, the American sailors of the Eagle finally arrive at Dartmoor prison; bedraggled, exhausted but burning with hope. They've only had one thing to sustain them - a snatched whisper overheard along the way. The war is over. Joe Hill thought he'd left the war outside these walls but it's quickly clear that there's a different type of fight to be had within. The seven prison blocks surrounding him have been segregated; six white and one black. As his voice rings out across the courtyard, announcing the peace, the redcoat guards bristle and the inmates stir. The powder keg was already fixed to blow and Joe has just lit the fuse. Elizabeth Shortland, wife of the Governor looks down at the swirling crowd from the window of her own personal prison. The peace means the end is near, that she needn't be here for ever. But suddenly, she cannot bear the thought of leaving. Inspired by a true story, Mad Blood Stirring tells of a few frantic months in the suffocating atmosphere of a prison awaiting liberation. It is a story of hope and freedom, of loss and suffering. It is a story about how sometimes, in our darkest hour, it can be the most unlikely of things that see us through. * 'Wonderful - a story I never heard before, told with style, pace, character, texture, and tension ... bliss.' Lee Child 'Bristling with energy, written with passion, Mad Blood Stirring is a joy to read.' John Boyne

The Movie Doctors

The Movie Doctors

Author: Simon Mayo, Mark Kermode Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

Whatever your ailment, the nation's best-loved film experts have the perfect cinematic prescription for you, whether it's a course of the Coens or a dose of Die Hard. And they're ready to cure the movies to, taking their scalpels to bloated blockbusters and warning of the ill effects of overpraise. Where medical ignorance and movie expertise meet - the surgery of Doctors Kermode and Mayo is now open.

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