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Great Children’s Books, and How to Spot Them

Thursday 7 April 2016

1 Hour


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One of the most successful children’s books editors of the modern age David Fickling tells what it is like to work with great authors, describes how to spot a good manuscript and explains how a good book can become great when author and editor work together.

Fickling has edited many of the modern children’s classics including the Northern Lights trilogy, The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. He was the first to suggest Jacqueline Wilson turn her writing attention from teenagers to 9 year olds and paired her with Nick Sharratt. Four years ago he left giant Random House (now Penguin Random House) to set up his own company in Oxford, David Fickling Books.  He will be joined on the panel by David Fickling Books authors Jon Walter, writer of the much praised Close to the Wind and My Name’s Not Friday, and Lisa Williamson, whose debut novel The Art of Being Normal was one of the best-selling novels for teenagers of 2015.

Age 13 - adult