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Julian Gough - Author

About the Author

Julian Gough is the author of several novels and children's books, some BBC radio plays, and the narrative at the end of the wonderful computer game, Minecraft (TIME magazine's computer game of the year).

His first children's book, Rabbit's Bad Habits, published in 2016, has been widely critically-acclaimed; Neil Gaiman called 'a laugh-out-loud story', and Eoin Colfer called 'an instant modern classic'.

Julian has won the BBC National Short Story Award and has been shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. He also, in his youth, wrote the words (and sang) on four albums by the cult Galway group, Toasted Heretic, and had a top-ten hit in Ireland with 'Galway and Los Angeles', a song about not kissing Sinead O'Connor. He was born in London, raised in Tipperary, educated in Galway and now lives in Berlin.

Featured books by Julian Gough

The Pest in the Nest

The Pest in the Nest

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Author: Julian Gough Illustrator: Jim Field Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/07/2017

Rabbit and Bear: Book 2 | PEACE AND QUIET,' shouts Rabbit. 'THAT'S ALL I WANT.'Owch. He's hurt his own ears again.What with Bear's snoring, and a BANG!BANG!BANG! noise from up in the tree, Rabbit knows that Something Simply Has To Be Done. But high in the branches, perhaps Bear can show Rabbit how to see the world from a different place ... From novelist and playwright Julian Gough, and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Jim Field, this is a tale of friendship, wisdom, and how to be REALLY NOISY.

Other books by Julian Gough

A Bad King is a Sad Thing Book 5

A Bad King is a Sad Thing Book 5

Author: Julian Gough Illustrator: Jim Field Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/08/2021

Gorgeously illustrated and with a classic feel, this is a brilliantly funny story of a rabbit and a bear ... and how to defeat an icebear who wants to be king. Ideal for readers moving on from picture books. 'A perfect animal double-act.' The Times, Book of the Week Icebear has arrived in Rabbit and Bear's valley, and he wants to be king. He's big and scary, and the more kind and understanding the animals are, the meaner he becomes. Rabbit is confused: Bear has always been able to fix their problems in the past - but maybe this time he needs to ask for help from someone else. Does Wolf have the answer to the bad king's demands ... or will Rabbit and the other animals find the solution within themselves? From novelist and playwright Julian Gough, and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Jim Field, this is a story of friends, enemies, and how to avoid being pooped on by an icebear. 'Rabbit's Bad Habits is a breath of fresh air in children's fiction, a laugh-out-loud story of rabbit and wolf and bear, of avalanches and snowmen. The sort of story that makes you want to send your children to bed early, so you can read it to them.' Neil Gaiman Read all the Rabbit and Bear books: 1. Rabbit's Bad Habits 2. The Pest in the Nest 3. Attack of the Snack 4. A Bite in the Night 5. A Bad King is a Sad Thing

Gwningen a'r Arth, Y: Beth yn y Byd?

Gwningen a'r Arth, Y: Beth yn y Byd?

Author: Julian Gough Illustrator: Jim Field Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2020

Rabbit and Bear: A Bite in the Night Book 4

Rabbit and Bear: A Bite in the Night Book 4

Author: Julian Gough Illustrator: Jim Field Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2019

Gorgeously illustrated and with a classic feel, this is a brilliantly funny story of a rabbit and a bear ... on the day that a new creature arrives in their valley, trying to Change Everything. Ideal for readers moving on from picture books. 'A perfect animal double-act.' (The Times, Book of the Week) Rabbit is surprised: some of the trees in the valley seem to be flying south for the winter. His friend Bear is sure that trees can't fly. Then there's a loud CRUNCH! from Very Near By. It sounds like the world's largest rabbit, eating the world's largest carrot. There's a new creature in Rabbit and Bear's valley, and he's trying to Change Everything. From novelist and playwright Julian Gough, and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Jim Field, this is a tale of Mystery! Friendship! Progress! ... and all kinds of getting muddy. 'Rabbit's Bad Habits is a breath of fresh air in children's fiction, a laugh-out-loud story of rabbit and wolf and bear, of avalanches and snowmen. The sort of story that makes you want to send your children to bed early, so you can read it to them.' Neil Gaiman Read all the Rabbit and Bear books: 1. Rabbit's Bad Habits 2. The Pest in the Nest 3. Attack of the Snack 4. A Bite in the Night

Connect

Connect

Author: Julian Gough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

'A work of genius' Donal Ryan Nevada; the near future; a family in crisis Biologist and single mother Naomi is worried about the impact her ground-breaking research might have on the world. And of the impact the world might have on her painfully awkward, home-schooled, ever-growing teenage son, Colt. Colt is so brilliant he can code virtual realities our world hasn't even thought of yet; and so socially inept that he struggles to order takeaway pizza. When Colt secretly sends his mother's breakthrough research paper to a biotech conference in New York, and the conference is closed down, Naomi's worst fears come true. Colt's father crashes back into their lives, backed by the secretive security organisation he heads. The US government wants Naomi's research . . . and Colt. Colt will soon have to leave the comfort of his virtual reality world, and face the challenge of discovering who he really is. And Naomi will have to decide how far she will go to protect her child. Would she kill a man? Would she destroy the world? From one of the most original voices in Irish writing, Connect by Julian Gough is a thrillingly smart novel of ideas that explores what connection - both human and otherwise - might be in a digital age. It is a story of mothers and sons, but also about you, your phone, and the future.

Connect

Connect

Author: Julian Gough Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2018

';ReadConnectby the absurdly brilliant Julian Gougha mind-expanding techno-thriller with a hotly beating human heart.'Emma Donoghue,New York Timesbestselling author ofRoomIn the Nevada desert, in the near future, a family crisis sets off a chain reaction that threatens to bring the networked world to its knees. It starts in the home of Naomi Chiang, a biologist and single mother struggling to balance her research with looking after her painfully awkward, homeschooled, ever-growing teenage son, Colt. Naomi worries about him constantlyhe's so socially inept that he struggles to order takeout pizzabut then she has a major breakthrough at the lab that could change their lives, and America's future. For his part, Colt seems focused on one thing only: a globe-spanning immersive gameworld in which his phenomenal coding skills set him apart. But after his first real-life romantic encounter goes awry, he realizes mastery of a virtual existence is not enough. When Colt secretly releases his mother's latest findings, Naomi's worst fears come true. Colt's estranged father crashes into their lives again, backed by the secretive security organization he heads. The U.S. government wants Naomi's research . . . and Colt, who must leave the comfort of virtual reality to discover the pleasures, and pains, of a life fully lived. Meanwhile, Naomi has to decide how far she would go to protect her child. Would she kill a man? Would she destroy the world? Connect is a thrillingly smart novel of ideas that explores what connectionboth human and otherwisemight be in a digital age. It is a story of mothers and sons; but it is also about you, your phone, and the future.

Connect

Connect

Author: Julian Gough Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2018

'A tour de force' Joseph O'Connor 'A work of genius' Donal Ryan Nevada; the near future; a family in crisis Biologist and single mother Naomi is worried about the impact her ground-breaking research might have on the world. And of the impact the world might have on her painfully awkward, home-schooled, ever-growing teenage son, Colt. Colt is so brilliant he can code virtual realities our world hasn't even thought of yet; and so socially inept that he struggles to order takeaway pizza. When Colt secretly sends his mother's breakthrough research paper to a biotech conference in New York, and the conference is closed down, Naomi's worst fears come true. Colt's father crashes back into their lives, backed by the secretive security organisation he heads. The US government wants Naomi's research . . . and Colt. Colt will soon have to leave the comfort of his virtual reality world, and face the challenge of discovering who he really is. And Naomi will have to decide how far she will go to protect her child. Would she kill a man? Would she destroy the world? From one of the most original voices in Irish writing, Connect is a thrillingly smart novel of ideas that explores what connection - both human and otherwise - might be in a digital age. It is a story of mothers and sons, but also about you, your phone, and the future.

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