I’m an author and illustrator. My first children’s book, The Rooftop Rocket Party, was published by Andersen Press in 2002. My biography of Arthur Ransome, The Last Englishman, was published by Faber and Faber in 2009 and won a Jerwood Award from the Royal Society of Literature and the HW Fisher prize from the Biographer’s Club.
My illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, and my writing in the Guardian, the Times, and the Sunday Times amongst other publications. I have appeared on BBC 2’s Newsnight, Radio 4’s Open Book and Great Lives, and am currently working for the charity, First Story, as writer in residence at Pimlico Academy and The Bridge in Fulham.
My children’s novel, The Quest for Captain Peabody, will be published by OUP in 2015.