The Royal Rabbits of London: Escape From the Tower by Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Royal Rabbits of London: Escape From the Tower

Written by Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore
Illustrated by Kate Hindley

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In a nutshell: brave, loyal, upstanding rabbit hero versus despicable rats

Fans of rabbit hero Shylo Tawny-Tail will be delighted to hear that he is back for another exciting adventure. Shylo and the other Royal Rabbits of London are pledged to protect the queen and operate from secret headquarters under Buckingham Palace itself. Their arch enemies are the rat Ratzis, unscrupulous vermin not above using the internet to spread their web of evil. The forthcoming visit of POTUS provides the Ratzis with the opportunity to cause chaos, can Shylo stop them? This second adventure is faster-paced and more action-packed than the first, full of exciting moments though there’s plenty of room for humour and lovely character descriptions too. It’s great fun and there’s a proper emphasis on doing the right thing and discovering your own reserves of courage too. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first Royal Rabbits adventure. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Book Brothers - Alexander Bisland, age 11 and Daniel, age 9 - 'We enjoyed this book because it is adventurous, exciting and it teaches you "BIG THINGS come in small packages".'
  • Toby Little, age 8 - 'The story has made me think about what it means to be brave. Sometimes, brave means doing what you think you can’t, but what you know is right and needs to be done...I hope there is a sequel.'
  • Beatrice Whithear, age 9 - 'This is a brilliant book...It did make me think that maybe there really is The Royal Rabbits of London.'
  • Josh Parcell, age 9 - 'An amazing book full of action that intrigued me and kept me wanting to read every word.... Shylo the young rabbit has to help stop the Queen’s crown and nightie being stolen.'
  • Matthew Stokes, age 9 - 'I thought this book was great. I read it very quickly and knew it was going to be awesome after the first chapter.'
  • Jessica loxton, age 9 - 'This book was good and I did enjoy reading it...I would tell my friends to read it too.'
  • Mira Ruby Lalji, age 7    - 'I liked it because it showed me that the smallest can sometimes be the bravest.  I felt like after each chapter finished, I wanted to read the next one right away. '
  • Florence Bridgeman, age 6 - 'The adventures of Shylo, a mocked and ridiculed ‘Runt of the Warren’ who has to go on a perilous quest. Superb!'


The Royal Rabbits of London: Escape From the Tower by Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore

Life is an adventure. Anything in the world is possible - by will and by luck, with a moist carrot, a wet nose and a slice of mad courage! Little Shylo Tawny-Tail is proud to call himself one of the Royal Rabbits of London, a secret order who live under Buckingham Palace and fight evil across the world. But high up in London's famous skyscraper, the Shard, the horrible Ratzis are plotting to cause chaos during a visit from the President of the United States. And when the Grand Burrow is attacked and Shylo is kidnapped, it looks as though they might just manage it! Can Shylo escape in time to save the day?

The Hobbit meets Fantastic Mr Fox meets Watership Down in this bestselling series from Santa Montefiore and Simon Sebag Montefiore, which proves even the smallest rabbit can be the biggest hero.

Featuring illustrations throughout by award-winning illustrator Kate Hindley.



`The Royal Rabbits of London is sweet, funny and beautifully illustrated' The Times

`Enchanting....Kate Hindley's illustrations are a treat' The Lady

`Packed with fun, fantasy and the sort of adventure guaranteed to have sticky little fingers hungrily turning the pages' The Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore

Santa and Simon Sebag Montefiore are both number one bestselling adult authors, both in the UK and internationally, with an avid fanbase who will be keen to introduce their favourite authors to their children. This is their first novel for children.

Santa Montefiore is a bestselling author with over a million copies of her books in print. Born in England in 1970, Santa Montefiore grew up in Hampshire. She is married to historian Simon Sebag Montefiore. They live with their two children, Lily and Sasha, in London.

Simon Sebag Montefiore is a historian of Russia and author of Potemkin: Catherine the Great's Imperial Partner; Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar; and the bestselling Young Stalin. Simon Sebag Montefiore's bestselling and prize-winning books are now published in over 45 languages. His new book The Romanovs: 1613-1918 has been universally acclaimed and is already a bestseller in the UK, Australia and the USA where it was in the New York Times bestseller list for eight weeks. Montefiore has won literary prizes for both fiction and non-fiction. His latest novel, One Night in Winter won the Best Political Novel of the Year Prize and was longlisted for the Orwell Prize. He is now writing the third novel in this trilogy. To follow the author on twitter: @simonmontefiore. For more information:

Kate Hindley is a talented new illustrator who graduated from Falmouth School of Art in 2008. Kate lives in Worcestershire.

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21st September 2017




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