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Frank Cottrell Boyce - Author

About the Author

A World Book Day Author 2019

Frank Cottrell Boyce is an accomplished, successful and award-winning author and screenwriter. His books have been shortlisted for a multitude of prizes, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Children's Fiction Award (now the Costa Book Award) and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and Millions, his debut children's novel, won the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2004.

Millions was was later turned into a film by Danny Boyle and it features in the Book Trust’s 100 Best Books List for 9-11 year olds.

Frank is also a successful writer of film scripts and was the official scriptwriter for the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympics, playing an important role devising the ceremony with Danny Boyle. He is also a judge for the BBC Radio 2 500 Words competition. You can read a great interview with Frank and one of his fellow judge, Francesca Simon here!

He has also created a fantastic trilogy, written with his trademark wit, warmth and sense of story, based upon Ian Fleming's novel, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, comprising Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon.  

His novel The Unforgotten Coat won the 2012 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

On winning the prize Frank Cottrell Boyce said: “It would be amazing to win this award with any book I'd written but it is a special joy to win it with The Unforgotten Coat, which started life not as a published book at all, but as a gift. Walker gave away thousands of copies in Liverpool - on buses, at ferry terminals, through schools, prisons and hospitals - to help promote the mighty Reader Organisation. We even had the book launch on a train. The photographs in the book, were created by my friends and neighbours - Carl Hunter and Claire Heaney. The story was based on a real incident in a school in Bootle. So everything about it comes from very close to home - even though it's a story about Xanadu!

“Being shortlisted for the Guardian Prize gives you a particularly warm glow because it is awarded by a panel of your fellow authors. Past winners include my childhood heroes - Alan Garner, Leon Garfield, Joan Aiken - and contemporary heroes like Mark Haddon, Geraldine McCaughrean and Meg Rosoff.”

He lives with his family in Liverpool.

You can find out a bit more about him and his Chitty Chitty Bang Bang triology at uk.chittyfliesagain.com

And see the video below for some top tips for writing your own story, taken from the BBC Radio 2 500 Words web page.

Featured books by Frank Cottrell Boyce

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3+ readers

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/11/2014

Interest Age 9+, Reading Age 8+. A delicious comedy in which geeky George whose passion for Warhammer games has long made him a social outcast, is transformed by some past its sell by date after shave. Suddenly everyone wants to be George’s friend. Can he escape?   A humorous look at the pitfalls of popularity. Without exception dyslexia-friendly books published by Barrington Stoke get off to an exciting start and maintain the impetus throughout, with a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter.  The plot is clear, the characters appealing and there are plenty of visual clues, as dyslexics like to run a story like a video in their heads.  To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. A Dyslexia Friendly title.

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3+ readers

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/11/2014

Interest Age 8-11 Reading Age 8+. A delicious comedy in which geeky George, whose passion for Warhammer games has long made him a social outcast, is transformed by some past its sell by date after shave. Suddenly everyone wants to be George’s friend. Can he escape?   A humorous look at the pitfalls of popularity.  ~ Julia Eccleshare Without exception dyslexia-friendly books published by Barrington Stoke get off to an exciting start and maintain the impetus throughout, with a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter.  The plot is clear, the characters appealing and there are plenty of visual clues, as dyslexics like to run a story like a video in their heads.  To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. A Dyslexia Friendly title.

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3+ readers

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/11/2014

A hilarious comedy from award-winning Frank Cottrell Boyce. When George gets an out-of-date aftershave for his birthday, he isn't particularly impressed. But the aftershave seems to have developed some extra properties...and George is now irresistible to every girl around! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Other books by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Watership Down Gift Picture Storybook

Watership Down Gift Picture Storybook

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce, Macmillan Adult's Books, Macmillan Children's Books Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/11/2018

Join the little rabbits on a big adventure in this beautiful giftbook edition of the animated TV mini series, Watership Down. Re-imagined by script-writer Tom Bidwell (My Mad Fat Diary), this classic tale has been made into a beautifully animated four-part mini series by the BBC and Netflix. Featuring stunning CG animation, emotive illustrations and text adapted from the TV scripts by award-winning author Frank Cottrell-Boyce, this retelling of the classic story is perfect for a family audience. Set in the English countryside, Watership Down tells the tale of a ragtag band of rabbits fleeing the destruction of their warren in search of safety and a new home. Their adventure is brought to life in this stunning gift picture storybook, which will be treasured by fans of the original novel, as well as new readers introduced to this epic tale by the television mini series. Watership Down (c) Watership Down Television Limited 2018. Licensed by ITV Ventures.

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/10/2017

The Blythes are a big, warm, rambunctious family who live on a small farm and sometimes foster children. Now Prez has come to live with them. But, though he seems cheerful and helpful, he never says a word. Then one day Prez answers the door to someone claiming to be his relative. This small, loud stranger carries a backpack, walks with a swagger and goes by the name of Sputnik. As Prez dithers on the doorstep, Sputnik strolls right past him and introduces himself to everyone in the household. Prez is amazed at the response. The family pat Sputnik on the head, call him a good boy and drop food into his mouth. It seems they all think Sputnik is a dog. It's only Prez who thinks otherwise. But Prez soon finds himself having to defend the family from the chaos and danger unleashed by Sputnik, as household items come to life - like a TV remote that fast-forwards people: 'Anyone can do it, it's just that people don't read the instructions properly'; and a toy lightsaber that entertains guests at a children's party, until one of them is nearly decapitated by it - and Prez is going to have to use his voice to explain himself. It turns out that Sputnik is writing a guidebook to Earth called Ten Things Worth Doing on Earth, and he takes Prez on a journey to discover just those ten things. Each adventure seems to take Prez nearer to the heart of the family he is being fostered by. But they also take him closer to the day that he is due to leave them forever . . .

Broccoli-Boy rettet die Welt

Broccoli-Boy rettet die Welt

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2016

Witzige und kluge Superheldengeschichte des preisgekronten Kinderbuchautors Frank Cottrell Boyce: Rory ist gerne gut vorbereitet. Er wei genau, was man bei Wespenstichen macht, wie man einen Nilpferdangriff abwehrt oder eine Mobbingattacke. Doch was, wenn sich das eigene Gesicht plotzlich grun verfarbt? Rory landet als medizinische Sensation auf der Isolierstation eines Krankenhauses, zusammen mit Tommy-Lee, dem Oberfiesling aus seiner Klasse. Sind die beiden vielleicht zu Superhelden mutiert? Um das herauszufinden, sturzen sie sich nun Nacht fur Nacht mit dem Fensterputz-Aufzug in die verrucktesten Abenteuer ...

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/12/2015

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