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Philip Reeve - Author

About the Author

Philip Reeve was our Guest Editor for June 2012. Click here to see his books and some that inspired him.

Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for years while also producing and directing a number of no-budget theatre projects. Philip then began illustrating and has since provided cartoons and jokes for around forty books, including the best-selling Scholastic series Horrible Histories, as well as Murderous Maths and Dead Famous. He's been writing stories since he was five, but Mortal Engines was the first to be published.

Mortal Engines defies easy categorisation. It is a gripping adventure story set in an inspired fantasy world, where moving cities trawl the globe. A magical and unique read, it immediately caught the attention of readers and reviewers and won several major awards. Three more Predator Cities novels followed, and Philip's latest project are the Fever Crumb books, prequels set centuries before the events of Mortal Engines. Philip has also written Buster Bayliss, a series for younger readers, and stand alone novels including Here Lies Arthur, which won the Carnegie Medal. Philip lives in Devon with his wife and son and his interests are walking, drawing, writing and reading.

Click here to see a Philip talking about his new adventure book, Oliver and the Seawigs, a collaboration with Sarah McIntyre.

Philip Reeve's fiction publisher, Marion Lloyd, describes his Predator Cities series:

“..inspiring adventure stories, in whose futuristic, post-apocalyptic setting, moving cities trawl the Earth. They attack and consume each other in wastelands where natural resources are scarce, and Ancient technology is fought for. Fast-paced, sometimes violent, always surprising and original, Reeve’s epic sequence of love, war and adventure are richly rewarding for both adults and children.”

Praise for Philip Reeve:

‘Conveys big truths while being witty and playful...clever and moving’ - The Sunday Times on Fever Crumb

‘Intelligent, funny and wise’ - Literary Review on Fever Crumb

‘I felt as if the pages themselves were charged with electricity... Fever Crumb is a terrific read, a sci-fi Dickens, full of orphans, villains, chases and mysteries’ - Frank Cottrell Boyce in The Guardian on Fever Crumb

‘Reeve drives his juggernaut of a talent through the streets of a mob-crazed futuristic London with Cecil B DeMille grandeur. Resent being suckered into sequels? Fever Crumb is a complete story – but it may prove addictive’ - Geraldine McCaughrean, Daily Telegraph on Fever Crumb

‘A bold, brightly honed narrative that grabs and holds the attention from the start’ - 
Interzone on Fever Crumb

‘A masterpiece’ - Sunday Telegraph                       

‘Big, brave, brilliant’ - Guardian

‘A majestic achievement’ - Sunday Times                 

‘Mind bogglingly well-imagined’ - Independent

‘Marvellous… utterly captivating in its imaginative scope and energy’ - Daily Telegraph

 ‘Brilliant… an absorbing and emotionally engaging work’ - Amanda Craig, The Times

Featured books by Philip Reeve

Other books by Philip Reeve

Kevin vs the Unicorns

Kevin vs the Unicorns

Author: Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2021

Max and his best friend Kevin, the only roly-poly flying pony in Bumbleford, decide to enter the Magical Pony Club Steeplechase. Kevin is not particularly keen, as the other participants are all unicorns, and everybody knows that unicorns are quite snobby. But biscuits are promised, and Kevin wants to make Max proud. As the competition heats up, our inseparable duo uncovers a conspiracy to steal the precious Periwinkle Cup. Max and Kevin will have to intervene to stop the thieves and retrieve the stolen trophy.

Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep

Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep

Author: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2021

It was always at sundown they were seen. In that twilight hour, when the walls between the worlds grew thin, strange things might slip through the cracks. Sometimes then, so the stories went, enchanted islands would appear in the empty ocean to the west of Wildsea. When Utterly Dark was a baby, she was washed up on the shores of the Autumn Isles and taken in by the Watcher of Wildsea. But everything changes when her guardian suddenly drowns. Now who will keep the Watch, and make sure Wildsea stays safe from the strange forces teeming in the deep ocean around them? A magical new story from the bestselling and prize-winning author of Mortal Engines.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 16: Gawain and the Green Knight

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 16: Gawain and the Green Knight

Author: Philip Reeve, Pearl Poet Illustrator: Philip Reeve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2021

One snowy Christmas, the mysterious Green Knight rides into King Arthur's court and issues a fearsome challenge. One year later, young Sir Gawain rides out to find him. Will Gawain be able to fulfil his quest and prove that he is worthy to sit at the table of King Arthur? Escape into an epic medieval adventure, adapted from the famous 14th century poem. TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Kevin and the Biscuit Bandit: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

Kevin and the Biscuit Bandit: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

Author: Philip Reeve Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2021

Welcome to another brilliantly quirky adventure story from creative powerhouse Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. Bumbleford has been hit by a series of biscuit thefts. All the clues lead straight to the only roly-poly flying pony in town, and Max's best friend, KEVIN! Max and Kevin are forced to go on the run. Will they find the real culprit before Kevin ends up in pony prison?

Kevin and the Biscuit Bandit

Kevin and the Biscuit Bandit

Author: Philip Reeve Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Welcome to another brilliantly quirky adventure story from creative powerhouse Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. Bumbleford has been hit by a series of biscuit thefts. All the clues lead straight to the only roly-poly flying pony in town, and Max's best friend, KEVIN! Max and Kevin are forced to go on the run. Will they find the real culprit before Kevin ends up in pony prison?

Kevin's Great Escape: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

Kevin's Great Escape: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

Author: Philip Reeve Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2020

When famous pop star Misty Twiglet moves to Bumbleford she wants to meet roly-poly flying pony, Kevin - it's so exciting - she promised him biscuits! But when Kevin is captured in Misty's back garden, things become serious and there isn't a biscuit in sight. Kevin's best friend Max and his sister Daisy must come to the rescue, and there's no way they're giving up on him without a fight.

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