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The son of Paul Torday (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), he completed his father's final unfinished novel, The Death of an Owl and co-founded the Paul Torday Memorial Prize for Debut Novelists over 60.
He has contributed short stories to Winter Magic, Scoop and Return to Wonderland, non-fiction pieces for The Writer's Map and Swallowed by a Whale, reviewed books for The Guardian, The Literary Review and The Spectator, and judged the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Costa Book Awards and the British Book Awards.
Plays include the world premiere stage adaptation of John Masefield's The Box of Delights and Christmas Carol.
Piers is also a Trustee of the Ministry of Stories and The Unicorn Theatre, Patron of Shrewsbury Book Fest and an Artistic Associate at Wilton's Music Hall. Born in Northumberland, he lives in London with his husband and a very naughty dog.
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From the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize
This is a story about a boy named Kester. He is extraordinary, but he doesn't know that yet. All he knows, at this very moment, is this:
1. There is a flock of excited pigeons in his bedroom.
2. They are talking to him.
3. His life will never be quite the same again...
Kester lives in a land in quarantine. A deadly virus has killed all the animals except pests and it's expected to be equally dangerous to humans. But when Kester realises he can talk to the pests, he finds they have great hope invested in him.
A captivating animal adventure destined to be loved by readers of all ages.
WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION PRIZE 2014.
A thrilling animal adventure for fans of Roald Dahl, David Walliams and Katherine Rundell
Twelve-year-old Kester thought he had discovered the last wild animals in the land. He thought his adventure was over. He was wrong.
Below the sparkling city of Premium, deep underground, a dark wild remains: animals who believe the time is right to rise up against their human enemies.
And soon Kester realises: he is the only one who can stop them.
Kester Jaynes saved the animals. Can he save the humans too?
FROM THE WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION PRIZE
A thrilling animal adventure for fans of Roald Dahl, David Walliams and Katherine Rundell
This is the story of a boy named Kester. He has rescued the last wild animals in the world, and saved his capital city from destruction. But now he must face his greatest challenge yet, because:
1. The only blue whale on the planet has brought news from across the ocean
2. A mysterious steel dome has risen from the Four Towers
3. Out there, somewhere, a brave mouse holds the key to the future...
'If you can imagine it, it exists ... somewhere.' The new spellbinding fantasy adventure from the bestselling, award-winning author of The Last Wild trilogy.
1945. They have survived the Blitz, but when Simon, Patricia, Evelyn and Larry step through a mysterious library door, it is the beginning of their most dangerous adventure yet. They discover the magical world of Folio, where an enchanted kingdom of fairy knights, bears and tree gods is under threat from a sinister robot army.
The many stories of the Library are locked in eternal war, and the children's only hope is to find their creator - a magician who has been lost for centuries.
What they find will change not just their own lives, but the fate of the world, for ever ...
An ode to the world of Narnia, The Lost Magician is a classic in the making from one of the UK's most talented children's authors.
Praise for Piers Torday:
'the new master of books for children who like magic and modernity with their lust for adventure' - The Times
Kay Harker is heading home for the school holidays. Recently orphaned, he knows this Christmas will be different but nothing could prepare him for the journey that lies ahead.
On the train he meets an old magician, Cole Hawlings, who charges Kay with safeguarding a wondrous device that has time-travelling powers. It's an instrument that Cole's nemesis, the wicked sorcerer Abner Brown, will stop at nothing to steal for himself. And so when the old man mysteriously disappears, Kay faces the fight of his life. He must protect both the Box of Delights and, with it, the people he loves.
The Box of Delights is a magical and festive adventure in which one boy must confront the secrets of the past to defeat the evil in his present. The future of Christmas itself depends upon him.
Adapted for the stage for the first time by Piers Today, John Masefield's much-loved classic The Box of Delightspremiered at Wilton's Music Hall in December 2017.
'One of the greatest children's books ever written.' The Times
Can one hare alone change the world? The captivating animal adventure destined to be loved by readers of all ages. A stunning hardback edition from the bestselling, much-loved author, Piers Torday.
One stormy, snowy night, a pure silver calf is born on an ordinary muddy farm by the light of the moon. This is the legendary Mooncalf, whose arrival has been foretold since the dawn of time.
According to a dream passed down from animal to animal, if the calf dies, a great terribleness will come - rising seas, a plague, skies raining down fire, the end of all things... and Little Hare vows to persuade all the animals to protect Mooncalf, whatever the cost.
But it's easier said than done, and soon Little Hare realises that he is the only one who can save the world...
A stunning prequel to the award-winning, bestselling The Last Wild trilogy, touching on timely themes of climate change, friendship, and above all, hope.
'Piers Torday is the new master of books for children' The Times
'an unforgettable story of hope and friendship' The Bookseller
'If you can imagine it, it exists ... somewhere.' The second incredible instalment of a spellbinding fantasy adventure from the bestselling, award-winning author of The Last Wild trilogy.
It is 1984 and forty years since Simon, Patricia and Evelyn and Larry first stepped through a magical library door into the enchanted world of Folio. When Patricia's daughter, Jewel, makes a mysterious discovery in an old bookshop, she begins a quest that will make her question everything she thought she knew. Summoned to Folio, she must rescue a missing prince, helped only by her pet hamster and a malfunctioning robot.
Their mission to the Frozen Sea will bring them face-to-face with a danger both more deadly and more magnificent than they ever imagined.
What Jewel discovers will change not just who she thinks she is, but who we all think we are...
Political chaos, MPs turning on each other, expediency and skulduggery at the highest echelons of government? No, not Brexit, but a brilliant political satire from the bestselling author of SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN
Andrew Landford, MP is driving home one night along a dark country lane when a barn owl flies into his windscreen. It is an accident, nothing more. But Andrew sits on a parliamentary committee concerned with the protection of endangered species, and the death of the owl threatens to destroy his hopes of reaching No. 10.
Also in the car is Andrew's old Oxford friend and political adviser, Charles Fryerne. Will they be able to keep the crime under wraps, or will circumstances conspire against them?
Paul Torday's last novel, and completed by his son Piers, this is a timely reminder that in politics, nothing is sacred...
'A pleasure to read' Daily Express
'Skeweringly accurate' Evening Standard
'A compelling blend of morality and satire' Sunday Mirror
'Witty and well-crafted - a delightful gothic fantasy' Guardian
A remarkable story about love, loss and the power of the imagination, from an award-winning, celebrated writer for children.
On a frozen Christmas Eve, Mouse Mallory and his family set off across a snow-white valley to visit his grandparents.
They never arrive.
As the wheels skid off the icy road, Mouse is thrown from the car. When he wakes, he finds himself in a magical landscape, with only a talkative sheep and a very bossy horse for company.
And they tell him: this is your story now.
So begins Mouse's extraordinary quest through a world of wonder. A world of monsters, minstrels, dangerous knights and mysterious wizards; a world of terrifying danger but also more excitement than Mouse has ever known.
All to find a castle, somewhere, beyond.
But why is Mouse looking for a castle? As thoughts of his family back at the car begin to surface, Mouse realises this might be the most important journey he will ever make ...
This is a novel about love and death. It's about the power of stories to change the way we view the world - and it's about the power of a child to change their own world. Emotionally arresting but ultimately uplifting, this is a remarkable novel for our times.
A beautiful and classic anthology of frosty, magical short stories from acclaimed children’s writers.
The Dreamsnatcher’s Abi Elphinstone heads up this gorgeous collection of wintery stories, featuring snow queens, frost fairs, snow dragons and pied pipers . . . from classic children’s writers Michelle Magorian, Geraldine McCaughrean, Jamila Gavin, Berlie Doherty, Katherine Woodfine, Piers Torday, Lauren St John, Amy Alward, Michelle Harrison and Emma Carroll.
‘Captures all the excitement of the season’ The Guardian
An unmissable, enchanting treat of a collection that will be enjoyed for years to come, by readers of all ages.
Also by Abi Elphinstone:
The Shadow Keeper
The Night Spinner
Everdark (World Book Day)
The Crackledawn Dragon (coming 13 May 2021)
Return to Lewis Carroll's Wonderland with this stunning collection of original stories from today's biggest children's authors – Peter Bunzl, Pamela Butchart, Maz Evans, Swapna Haddow, Patrice Lawrence, Chris Smith, Robin Stevens, Lauren St John, Lisa Thompson, Piers Torday and Amy Wilson.
Tumble down the rabbit hole again to find out what happens in Wonderland without Alice there. Is the Queen of Hearts still ruling with an iron fist? Does the Mad Hatter still have to go to tea? And will Tweedledum and Tweedledee ever resolve their argument?
More than 150 years since Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was first published by Macmillan, revisit Carroll's amazing cast of characters – including the Queen of Hearts, the Mock Turtle, the Dormouse, the Cheshire Cat and Alice's Sister in these brand-new stories, that will bring a new generation of readers to Wonderland.
'A feast of invention and fine writing' Telegraph Book of the Week
'It's hard not to lap up this collection of short stories by some of our greatest contemporary children's authors' The Times
Una novela maravillosa galardonada con el Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.
Ésta es la historia de un niño llamado Kester.
Es un niño muy especial, aunque él aún lo ignora.
Ahora mismo, lo único que sabe es esto:
1. En su habitación hay una bandada de palomas alborotadas.
2. Le están hablando.
3. Su vida nunca volverá a ser como antes...
«Una novela escrita con un estilo muy gráfico y trepidante [...]. Muy recomendable.»
«Ingeniosa, llena de risas, lágrimas y suspense.»
The Sunday Times
«Me ha entusiasmado.»
«Más vale que la segunda entrega llegue pronto.»
«Un libro maravillosamente extraño y extrañamente maravilloso.»