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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

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Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2008

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+

Millions

Millions

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2008

Two brothers, Damian and Anthony, are unwittingly caught up in a train robbery during Britain's countdown to join the Euro. Suddenly finding themselves with a vast amount of cash, the boys have just one glorious, appalling dilemma - how to spend it in the few days before it becomes worthless. Torn between the vices of buying a million pizzas and the virtues of ending world poverty, the boys soon discover that being rich is a mug's game. For not only is the clock ticking - the bungling bank robbers are closing in. Pizzas or World Peace, what would you choose?

Framed

Framed

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Format: eBook Release Date: 22/08/2006

A few things to know about DylanHe is the only boy in his entire townso forget about playing games of football.His best friends are two pet chickens, Michaelangelo and Donatellonamed after (who else?) the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.His family owns the town's only gas station/copy shop/coffee housetheir Picasso Pies are to die for, but profits are still in the hole.Criminal instincts run in his familyhis sister is a mastermind-in-training, and the tax men are after his newly-absent father for "e;questioning."e; And, one more small thing about nine-year-old Dylanhe's now the man of the house.Then an enormous secret rolls into townone that could bring back Dylan's father, rescue the family business, and involve Dylan in what very well could be the crime of the century. With the same easy mix of wit, warmth, and wonder that made his debut novel Millions an award-winning international bestseller, Frank Cottrell Boyce tells the story of a boy who reminds an entire town of the power of art.

Framed

Framed

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2006

Dylan is the only boy living in the tiny Welsh town of Manod. His parents run the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel garage - and when he's not trying to persuade his sisters to play football, Dylan is in charge of the petrol log. And that means he gets to keep track of everyone coming in and out of Manod - what car they drive, what they're called, even their favourite flavour of crisps. But when a mysterious convoy of lorries trundles up the misty mountainside towards an old, disused mine, even Dylan is confounded. Who are these people - and what have they got to hide? A story inspired by a press cutting describing how, during WWII, the treasured contents of London's National Gallery were stored in Welsh slate mines. Once a month, a morale-boosting masterpiece would be unveiled in the village and then returned to London for viewing. This is a funny and touching exploration of how Art - its beauty and its value - touches the life of one little boy and his big family in a very small town. Dylan is the only boy living in the tiny Welsh town of Manod. His parents run the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel garage - and when he's not trying to persuade his sisters to play football, Dylan is in charge of the petrol log. And that means he gets to keep track of everyone coming in and out of Manod - what car they drive, what they're called, even their favourite flavour of crisps. But when a mysterious convoy of lorries trundles up the misty mountainside towards an old, disused mine, even Dylan is confounded. Who are these people - and what have they got to hide? A story inspired by a press cutting describing how, during WWII, the treasured contents of London's National Gallery were stored in Welsh slate mines. Once a month, a morale-boosting masterpiece would be unveiled in the village and then returned to London for viewing. This is a funny and touching exploration of how Art - its beauty and its value - touches the life of one little boy and his big family in a very small town.

Millions NLLA: Millions

Millions NLLA: Millions

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/01/2005

What's the hook? Entertaining and highly original, this novel appeals strongly to all young readers. What are the themes? Bereavement, family, grown up, self discovery, responsibility, relationships, social conscience and money and its power to corrupt! Teaching points? Many opportunities for studying framework objectives relating to humour, dialogue, characterisation and openings.

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