Zizou Corder is Louisa Young and Isabel Adomakoh Young, whose names are too long to fit on the front of a book. They have written five books together so far. Louisa is a grown-up and has written five grown-up books; Isabel is a kid and has written mostly schoolwork. The original Zizou is Isabel's lizard, only he spells it Zizu.
They live in London.
of Louisa Young
A Great Task of Happiness: The Life of Kathleen Scott
Tree of Pearls
The Book of the Heart
as Zizou Corder:
Lionboy 2: The Chase
Lionboy 3: The Truth
Lee Raven, Boy Thief
Zizou Corder's website
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(Both) - Describe the collaboration process?
Isabel: It didn't really seem like work - we'd just chat and have ideas and talk about what the people are going to do next, and how they feel, and whether there should be another shipwreck and should we bring the whale in yet and what we want in the circus. Then mum writes it all down and I read it and tell her if it's any good. Then she gets stuck and comes to talk to me again. Lots of things get into the book - Mum's boyfriend Robert is a film composer and he wrote some tunes for my lizard Zizu and they ended up in the book too - they're the circus music and it's printed in the book so you can play it. And there's a Ghanaian nursery rhyme that my Grandma knows. And there are some really good maps and diagrams.
Louisa: That pretty much describes it.
(Both) - How/Why did you decide that the protagonist would be a boy?
Louisa: He just was. Some people are. (Actually it went like this: 'Tell me a story mum.' 'What about?' 'A naughty boy called Charlie'.).
(Isabel) - Where did you get your ideas?
Mum found one growing in the compost heap, all cold and sad and lonely in its little coat, ...
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