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Philip Reeve

Philip ReevePhilip Reeve was born in Brighton in 1966 and wrote and illustrated his first science fiction story when he was six. He went on to study illustration, and worked as a bookseller for many years before becoming a full-time illustrator in the early 1990s. In 2001 he published his first novel, Mortal Engines, set in a ramshackle far future world built on the concept of ‘Municipal Darwinism’.

It won the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award, and the Blue Peter Book of the Year and ‘Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ awards. It was followed by three further books set in the same world, the fourth of which, A Darkling Plain was awarded the Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction, and by the Larklight trilogy, a Victorian space adventure illustrated by David Wyatt. Taking a break from SF/F he then wrote Here Lies Arthur, a revisionist take on the King Arthur legend which won the Carnegie Medal for best children’s book of 2008. He has since returned to the world of the Mortal Engines books for a prequel series beginning with Fever Crumb, and detoured into comic fantasy with Goblins and Goblins vs Dwarves. He is currently working with illustrator Sarah McIntyre on some books for slightly younger readers, the first of which, Oliver and the Seawigs, will be published in September 2013.

Philip moved to Dartmoor in 1998, and now lives near Widecombe with his wife and son. He blogs (very intermittently) at philipreeve.blogspot.com and has been known to Tweet as @philipreeve1.

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