Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize

Posted on May 30, 2016 in Books, Writing
Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize

I’m thrilled that How To Change the World has been shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2016, for the best science books for under-14s. Living with chimps, experimenting with exploding eggs and delving into dinosaur dung… Do you have what it takes to become a scientist? How to Change the World looks […]

Let’s go on a city safari

Posted on May 8, 2014 in Books
Let’s go on a city safari

My City Safari series has just published, and to celebrate I’ve written a guest blog for Project Wild Thing. The naturalist Jane Goodall has just turned 80. Her famous career began with a countryside childhood spent hiding in hen houses, and smuggling handfuls of earthworms into her bed. It’s a background shared by many naturalists, […]

Making cutting-edge science accessible

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 in Books

Raintree’s Sci-Hi series is an excellent KS3/middle school resource. It tackles cutting-edge science using simple language, without shying away from challenging concepts such as ethics. It was great to delve into topics last studied during my degree, for my titles on cloning and stem cell research. Favourite fact: Antithrombin is a protein needed by patients […]

When Will the Sun Go Out?

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 in Books

My first book for Pearson Bug Club: When Will the Sun Go Out? and other strange solar system science (Pearson, 2012). Great fun to write (the remit: ‘be as funny as possible’) and the insides look gorgeous. Favourite fact from the book: Anyone who spots a new asteroid is allowed to name it! First you […]

A Time Traveller’s Guide to the Future

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 in Books

I‘ll begin at the beginning, with my first 2012 title, A Time Traveller’s Guide to the Future (Collins). Publisher’s blurb: Take a closer look at the amazing changes the future may hold, including robopets, space tourism and locust burgers, as well as the wider impact of our future life on the climate and extinction of […]