Winning Year: 2008 Author: Philip Reeve Title: Here Lies Arthur
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9781407103587 In Print
"There's nothing a man can do that can't be turned into a tale...". Britain. AD 500. Gwyna's new master Myrddin says he's not an enchanter, yet he works his own kind of magic. He turns Gwyna from a slave-girl into a goddess, a boy, and a spy - and Arthur into a legend. But is Arthur really everything he is cracked up to be?
Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for a number of years while also co-writing, producing and directing a number of no-budget theatre projects.
Philip then began illustrating and has since provided cartoons for around forty children's books, including the best-selling Horrible Histories, Murderous Maths and Dead Famous series.
Philip has been writing stories since he was five, but Mortal Engines was the first to be published. Mortal Engines defies easy categorisation. It is a gripping adventure story set in an inspired fantasy world, where moving cities trawl the globe.
Predator's Gold is the second book in the Mortal Engines series, Infernal Devices the third and A Darkling Plain concludes the series to date. A Darkling Plain was published in 2006 and won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.
In 2007, Philip took a new direction with publication of Here Lies Arthur, a story which this time looks back into history. Set in the times of King Arthur, the book is a gripping adventure story and at the same time explores how a myth can be created simply through spin-doctoring and story-telling - a very relevant subject in today's political environment.
Philip lives on Dartmoor with his wife and son, and his interests are walking, drawing, writing and reading.