Arthur (Art) Mumsby and his irritating sister Myrtle live with their father in a huge and rambling house called Larklight that just happens to be traveling through outer space. When a visitor called Mr. Webster arrives for a visit, it is far from an innocent social call. Before long Art and Myrtle are off on an adventure to the furthest reaches of space, where they will do battle with evil forces in order to save each otherand the universe. A fantastically original Victorian tale set in an outer space world that might have come from the imaginations of Jules Verne or L Frank Baum, but has a unique gravitational pull all its own
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Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for a number of years while also co-writing, producing and directing a number of no-budget theatre projects. Philip then began illustrating and has since provided cartoons for around forty children's books, including the best-selling Horrible Histories, Murderous Maths and Dead Famous series.
Philip has 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 reviewers and book buyers. It was shortlisted for several awards and was the Gold Award winner at the Nestle Smarties Book Prize 2002 and the winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year at the 2003 Awards.
Since Mortal Engines's release in 2001, followers and fans of the series have been growing exponentially. Philip Reeve is now known as one of the leading writers for young adults, with his every book achieving huge sales, glowing review coverage and award nominations.
In 2007, Philip took a new direction with publication of Here Lies Arthur, a story which this time looks back into history. Set in the times of King Arthur, the book is a gripping adventure story and at the same time explores how a myth can be created simply through spin-doctoring and story-telling - a very relevant subject in today's political environment. Here Lies Arthur was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Award, the Nestle Children's Book Prize and won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2008.
Other projects in Philip's portfolio include writing a series for younger readers called Buster Baylis, illustrating the Urgum the Axeman books by Kjartan Poskitt, and the steam-powered Victorian space adventures Larklight, Starcross and Mothstorm.
Fever Crumb, published in 2009 and set many generations before the events of Mortal Engines, was short-listed for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2010.
Philip lives on Dartmoor with his wife and son, and his interests are walking, drawing, writing and reading. You can find out more about Philip and his books on his website, www.philip-reeve.com
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