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Chris Bradford is a true believer in 'practising what you preach'. For his award-winning Young Samurai series, he trained in samurai swordmanship, karate, ninjutsu and earned his black belt in Zen Kyu Shin Taijutsu.
For his new BODYGUARD series, Chris embarked on an intensive close protection course to become a qualified professional bodyguard. During his training, he acquired skills in unarmed combat, defensive driving, tactical firearms, threat assessments, surveillance, and even anti-ambush exercises.
His best-selling books are published in over 20 languages and have garnered more than 18 children's book award nominations, including shortlist for the Red House Book Awards 2009 and winner of the Northern Ireland Book Awards 2011. His first book The Way of the Warrior is deemed one of Puffin's 70 Best Ever Books, alongside Treasure Island and Robin Hood.
Chris was a featured World Book Day 2010 author and involved in the Read To A Million Kids campaign. His unique book performances and readings have garnered numerous accolades and he has appeared before more than 100,000 school children in more than 500 schools, 16 book festivals and 12 countries.
Before becoming a full-time author, he was a professional musician and songwriter (who once performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth II). His first five books were about the music industry and included the critically acclaimed, Heart & Soul: Revealing the Craft of Songwriting.
He is a keen supporter of teachers and librarians in their quest to improve literacy skills and provides free Teachers' Guide to his books at www.youngsamurai.com and www.bodyguard-books.co.uk.
He lives in England with his wife, two sons and two cats.
To discover more about Chris go to www.chrisbradford.co.uk