Written by Roland Chambers


Billy Shaman and the Rage of the Sea Witch

Abandoned for the summer holidays in the Charles Darwin museum, it looks like Billy is in for a dull time, until he meets a giant tortoise in the vegetable garden who knew the great scientist personally. As the specimens in the museum begin to come to life, Billy learns about the history of the discovery of the world and the startling truth that we are all descended from one ancestor. But his most surprising discovery of all is his own gift. Billy is a shaman, and it is his job to return the unhappy spirits trapped in Darwin’s collection to their proper homes in space and time.

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The Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur Ransome

Arthur Ransome, author of Swallows and Amazons and its sequels, is one a handful of writers who make up the British children’s canon. But before his most famous books were written, he made a name for himself in an entirely different sphere.

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Nelly and the Quest for Captain Peabody 

Nelly Peabody and her faithful turtle Columbus set out to find her missing father in a boat with knitted sails. Nothing is too hair-raising for Nelly; nothing is beyond the dreams of Columbus. But Captain Peabody’s voyage of zoological and botanical discovery has kept him away from home a long time, and when Nelly discovers where he’s hiding she will find him in strange company.

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Nelly and the Flight of the Sky Lantern

Nelly returns home to find that her mother has gone missing too, leaving no-one but an ageing cabin boy to provide any clue as to her disappearance. So off she goes again, on an adventure that will take her to the top and bottom of the world, with only blob of strawberry jam and a telepathic turtle to guide her.

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The Rooftop Rocket Party

Finn loves rockets and travels all the way to New York to meet the famous rocket scientist Dr. Gass, but is bitterly disappointed when he discovers that Dr. Gass has no real rockets of his own. Things hot up, though, when he notices how strikingly rocket-like the New York water towers are, and shortly afterwards receives an invitation to the man-in-the-moon’s birthday party.

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Works in progress

I’m currently working on two books: a novel and an illustrated book for children about the history of explorers and exploration.