The Star-Spun Web Front Cover
Front cover of The Star-Spun Web, art by Sara Mulvanny, designed by Sophie Bransby, published by Stripes Books February 2019.


Coming February 2019 from Stripes Books

Tess de Sousa has lived all her life in the confines of Ackerbee’s Home for Lost and Foundlings, knowing nothing about her origins. That is, until the day a mysterious man named Norton F. Cleat comes calling, seeking to take her away from everyone and everything she knows and loves. Instead of fleeing from Cleat, however, Tess decides to go with him; she wants to get to the bottom of why he chose her, of all orphans, to claim as his own. Does he know something about her parents? And what is his interest in the inexplicable object Tess is given the day she leaves Ackerbee’s – an object, she learns, which arrived with her the night she was found on the Home’s front step? What unfolds is a story of family lost and found, choices which ripple in unexpected and unimaginable ways, and a girl who finds herself caught between two worlds with war on the horizon…

Preorder Here! Or Here! Or Here! Or, of course, through your local bookshop.


Published August 2017 (Knopf BFYR, North America) and February 2019 (Stripes Books), and available wherever reputable and disreputable books are sold!

Emmeline Widget has never left Widget Manor – and that’s the way she likes it. But when her scientist parents mysteriously disappear, she finds herself being packed off on a ship to France, heading for a safe house in Paris. Onboard she is befriended by an urchin stowaway called Thing. But before she can reach her destination she is kidnapped by the sinister Dr Siegfried Bauer.
Dr Bauer is bound for the ice fields of Greenland to summon a legendary monster from the deep. And he isn’t the only one determined to unleash the creature. The Northwitch has laid claim to the beast, too.
Can Emmeline and Thing stop their fiendish plans and save the world?
A dazzling fantasy adventure, perfect for fans of ROOFTOPPERS, THE UNCOMMONERS and A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS.

Cover image for THE EYE OF THE NORTH, US/Canada edition (Knopf BFYR, 2017), artist Jeff Nentrup.
THE EYE OF THE NORTH front cover, UK edition (Stripes Publishing, 2018), artist Sara Mulvanny, designer Sophie Bransby

Available here, and here, and here – and you could also be a darling and order it through your local bookshop. If you don’t use ’em, you lose ’em…

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The Eye of the North


In a world where magical powers are a hindrance rather than a help, Merritt Grimblethorpe is more hindered than most. Her power is ruining her life, she has no way of controlling it, and she has no future – so she runs away from home in an attempt to rid herself of her magic, only to find it grows in strength instead. As she attempts to find out why, she meets Saratine, another girl struggling with a different kind of power. When their kingdom is threatened, only Merritt and Saratine can save it – but first, they must face the frightening possibilities inside themselves.


A book so secret, nobody knows about it yet… But it involves peril of the most mortal sort, family drama, a man with no face, and an adventure at the centre of the earth, so it’s probably worth staying tuned for.

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