You may have wondered, given the fact that I haven’t added to this blog since I don’t know when, whether I’d popped my clogs. I haven’t! At least, I’m pretty sure that I haven’t. I’ve been really busy and have neglected this blog completely. I’m ashamed. Again.

So, what have I been up to? Working is the simple answer. I’ve been writing Gangster School stories, working on a new series about the adventures of a pair of Victorian mudlarks and producing shedloads of articles, as well as preparing for school visits and literary festivals, etc, etc. I have also signed a contract with fab Turkish publisher, Pegasus, and they will start publishing Gangster School as soon as the translations are complete. It’s all go!

In the world of Gangster School, the third in the series: Gruffles and the Killer Sheep is being released in the UK on the 1st September and is already on release in German and Dutch. Gruffles and the Killer Sheep is set in Crumley’s School for Career Criminals. They are Blaggard’s bitter rivals and Milly and Charlie are not exactly keen to go there to attend Crimicon – an annual convention for the most promising young criminals. There are some new characters – Dr B L Zeebub, Crumley’s fiendish head teacher; Trickery Hackett, a young Crumleian who may just have an ulterior motive for her overtures of friendship, and Blotch, the leader of a herd of sinister sheep who roam Crumley’s grounds behaving in a very unsheeplike manner. There’s also a terrifying machine that can suck all the villainy out of the most hardened criminal. 

Crumley’s is Blaggard’s for really evil kids, and writing about it gave me the opportunity to let me imagination go wild. I hope it will be as much fun to read as it was to write. Gangster School 4: Revenge of the Badpennys will follow shortly. As well as the return of Pecunia, Ethereus and Cumulus Badpenny, Revenge of the Badpennys features a new member of the family who makes the others look relatively sane, and a Dependable (non-criminal) boy who ends up in Blaggard’s because of a huge error. Oh, and a long dormant volcano that might just be coming to life again…

Here’s the cover of Gruffles and the Killer Sheep. I think it’s wonderful! Watch this space for more news of Gangster School 4 and about my new series: The Mudlark Mysteries.

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