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Chris’ first job was on a Pick 'n' Mix counter, followed by a career in the Royal Air Force as an aircraft mechanic. Even though fully trained on how jet fighters work and fly, he still suspects that there is a little magic involved somewhere.
Then as an Environmental Scientist he spent a lot of time getting wet on factory roofs, measuring pollution. He left all that behind to become a Stay At Home Dad where his brain began fizzing with stories. His wife and daughter kept insisting that he wrote some of these stories down. So he did.
After writing The Great Chocoplot for his daughter as a Christmas present he entered it into Chicken House’s Open Coop, a one-day amnesty for unpublished writers, where it was immediately snapped up for publication. He lives in Newcastle with his family.
March 2016 Debut of the Month Roald Dahl, a man who knew his way round a chocolate bar, would have approved of this book. Imagine how awful it would be if the world’s supplies of chocolate were threatened by an impending chocopocalypse – it doesn’t bear thinking about, but that’s what’s facing Jelly, the young hero of this book. Chocoholics both, Jelly and her gran team up to get to the bottom of this chocopocalypse, and it seems snobby posh chocolate shop owner Garibaldi Chocolati might just have something to do with it. Inventive, original and genuinely funny with a quirky cast of characters and an internal logic all of its own, kids will gobble this up. This will be enjoyed by fans of David Walliams’s children’s books, while Frank Cottrell Boyce’s The Astounding Broccoli Boy is another wacky adventure, and there are kids up against eccentric and unscrupulous criminals in William Sutcliffe’s Circus of Thieves series. ~ Andrea Reece A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher So clever clogs Chris Callaghan said it was true. One day (soon) we would all run out of chocolate (bugs or something). NO! I said, and he said, why don’t we see what would happen? And here it is! Luckily we have Jelly on our side (the girl not the pudding). So, will science or something else save our beloved bars? It can’t really be true – can it?
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