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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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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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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

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race against Time

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race against Time

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

Everyone's favorite flying car shifts into another dimension as the intrepid Tooting family zooms back and forth through time.When the Tootings return to Zobrowski Terrace at the end of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, they find that home is looking a lot like Jurassic Park. But this is no theme park-a very real and very hungry Tyrannosaurus rex is charging them! Thanks to Dad inadvertently yanking Chitty's "e;Chronojuster"e; lever, the spirited car has flown them back to prehistoric times, where the family-and especially Baby Harry-has a narrow escape. But Chitty has a mind of her own, and the Tootings will get an unexpected tour of exciting times and places from Prohibition-era New York, where Chitty wants to compete in the famous Prix d'Esmerelda's Birthday Cake race, to the lost city of El Dorado and back again, with misadventures and surprise stowaways along the way. Get ready for a hilarious high-flying adventure, with celebrated author Frank Cottrell Boyce behind the wheel.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2014

Buckle your seat belt for the first ever follow-up to Ian Fleming's only children's story.When the Tooting family finds an old engine and fits it to their camper van, they have no idea what kind of adventure lies ahead. The engine used to belong to an extraordinary car, and it wants its bodywork back! But as the Tootings hurtle across the world rebuilding the original Chitty, a sinister baddie is on their trail-one who will stop at nothing to get the magnificent car for himself.Fueled by wry humor, this sequel to the children's classic by the creator of James Bond-featuring a contemporary family and a camper van with a mind of its own-is written by bestselling, award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Tschitti - Das Wunderauto fliegt wieder

Tschitti - Das Wunderauto fliegt wieder

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Format: eBook Release Date: 25/07/2013

Als Dad seinen Job verliert, ist die Freude gro - endlich konnen die Tootings tun und lassen, was sie wollen!Aber eine Reise um die Welt mit Mum und Dad, der nrgeligen Lucy und Kleinharry? Und vor allem: mit dem alten Klapperbus?! Die sind wirklich verrckt, findet Jem. Doch der total schrottreife Bus ist ratzfatz repariert und die Reise der Tootings kann losgehen. Aber anscheinend hat Tschitti, der Campingbus, einen ganz eigenen Plan Schlielich wollte Dad nicht wirklich oben auf dem Eiffelturm parken, oder?

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2012

Fly back in time with the greatest car ever made! Uh-oh! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is stuck in reverse. And Little Harry's pressed a button that means she's reversing through time - with the Tootings aboard. When they finally come to a stop, it's at the feet of a very hungry-looking T-rex. How are the Tootings - and Chitty - going to get out of this one? More fun, fast, feel-good adventure with the world's greatest car . . . driven by the world's most hapless family.

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Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/04/2012

A hilarious comedy from award-winning Frank Cottrell Boyce. George is so unpopular that even his own grandad won't come to his birthday party. Instead, his grandad sends him a bottle of aftershave that expired years ago. But the aftershave seems to have developed extra properties since its sell-by date...Now George is irresistible to all the girls in school - and even the teachers can't get enough of him! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

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