Our Authors
H L Dennis

Helen Dennis was born in Brighton and loves living near the sea. She was a teacher for twenty years, and now writes full time - but enjoys making school visits, where she runs code-cracking and creative writing sessions.
Stephen Lambert

Stephen grew up in Reigate, Surrey and has lived in London, North Yorkshire and currently resides on the edge of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. After attending Reigate College of Art and Lincoln College of Art, Stephen eventually found himself illustrating for a living. For Orchard, Stephen has illustrated The Orchard book of Egyptian Gods and Pharaohs, written by Robert Swindells (July 2003). This is a collection of spellbinding stories from Egyptian mythology and Stephen's stunning illustrations vividly bring to life the drama of this era."A magical title which blends a tremendously strong storyline with the soft tonalities and dreamlike intensity of Stephen Lambert's dramatic artwork." The Bookseller"Stephen Lambert's illustrations capture very well both the colours of the desert landscape and the slightly ponderous mystery that hovers over the tales." Times Education SupplementStephen's other books include Nobody Rides the Unicorn (Transworld) which has been shortlisted for the Smarties Award, The Train Ride (Walker Books) and The Secret in the Mist (Gullane).When Stephen is not accompanying his dog on walks along the Cornish coastal paths, he is learning to cultivate his garden.
Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard is a footballer, father and author of the 'Frankie's Magic Football' series!To date, Frank remains Chelsea Football Club's all-time leading goal scorer, where he was awarded three times Chelsea Player of the Year. In 2014 Frank was the vice captain on the England football squad at the World Cup in Brazil, and then went on to play for Manchester City in 2014 in the UK before signing with New York City FC to play as part of the Major League Soccer side, starting July 2015. Frank was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to football.Frank enjoys reading with his two daughters, and when they requested stories about football Frank decided to create his own characters and adventures to entertain them. These tales provided the inspiration for 'Frankie's Magic Football'. Frank is passionate about promoting child literacy and is an ambassador of the National Literacy Trust; he hopes to inspire both young girls and boys to read with the 'Frankie's Magic Football' series. "The idea for 'Frankie's Magic Football' came from reading bedtime stories to my daughters. Adventure stories are their favourite and I wanted to combine my love for football with something that I could read to them, and that they would love too. 'Frankie's Magic Football' reminds me of the stories that I used to like to read. Frankie's friends also remind me of the mates that I used to kick a football about with when I was young, as well as some of the players I've met during my career." - FRANK LAMPARD
Andrew Langley

After a few years at Penguin long ago, I went freelance and have scraped along ever since. Much of my work is non-fiction for children, and most of this has been focussed on history and similar areas. I have had well over 200 books published on everything from Ian Botham and Genghis Khan to the Renaissance and the atomic bomb. I have also written quite a few grown-up books, mostly on whisky and food. My children's books have been shortlisted for several awards, including the TES and the Royal Society.
Estelle Laure

Estelle Laure believes in love, magic, and the power of facing hard truths. She has a BA in Theatre Arts and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and lives in Taos, New Mexico, with her two children.
Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. He joined the Footlights at Cambridge, meeting Stephen Fry there. Hugh is well-known for his TV roles in Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster, also for his film work including Stuart Little. Hugh is married and lives in London with his wife and three children. His many audiobook readings include Lauren Child's Beware of the Storybook Wolves and Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book.
Anne-Marie Laval

Anne-Marie Laval was born in the Dordogne region of France but has lived in north London since her early twenties. She has taught French and cookery and enjoys working with young people. She has travelled around France extensively.
Karina Law

Karina enjoys a varied career in education as a primary teacher, writer, editor and literacy consultant. She is the author of over 80 titles including children's fiction, non-fiction and educational/literacy resources. While her children were very young, she gained an MA in prose fiction creative writing.
Stephen Law

Stephen Law was a school dropout who became a postman in Cambridge, then took a degree in philosophy at Oxford, becoming a Junior Research Fellow at the Queen's College. He now teaches philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. He has published a number of books including The Philosophy Files, The Outer Limits and The Philosophy Gym.
Patrice Lawrence

Patrice Lawrence was born in Brighton and brought up in an Italian-Trinidadian household in Mid Sussex. She found her way to east London in the '90s and lives there with a partner, a teenager and a cat called Stormageddon. She has been writing for as long as she has been reading. She loves crime fiction, sci-fi and trying to grow things. Her ideal mixtape includes drum 'n' bass, Bruce Springsteen and Studio Ghibli soundtracks. Music can't help creeping into her books. Orangeboy was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award. @LawrencePatrice #Orangeboy
Louise Lawrence

Louise Lawrence (1943-2013) was a widely respected and popular writer of science fiction and fantasy for young adults. She remains best known for the dystopian classic, Children of the Dust, which was controversial when it first appeared and has since achieved cult status. Her first novel, Andra, appeared in 1971, and her last work was The Witch and the Weather Mage. Her Llandor Trilogy is being reissued in e-book on the Hodder Silver list.
Michael Lawrence

Michael Lawrence originally trained as a graphic designer and photographer, but subsequently became a television script reader, press officer, an art and antiques dealer, a painter and sculptor, and several other things he would rather not talk about. His first book, a novel for children, was published in 1995. He is now a full time author, creator of the bestselling and ever-popular Jiggy McCue books, and the Aldous Lexicon trilogy.
Josie Lawrence

Joined the Comedy Store Players then the RSC in 1995. On Whose Line is it Anyway? for 10 years.Most recently she has been appearing on stage, at the National Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe in London. Her numerous audiobook readings include Jacqueline Wilson's Bad Girls and The Illustrated Mum, the Roger Hargreaves 'Little Miss' books, and the award-winning Room on the Broom.
Caroline Lawrence

Caroline Lawrence is American. She lives with her husband by the river in London and is active as a speaker in schools and at book festivals. She took part in the British Museum's POMPEII LIVE event, giving talks that were streamed to schools all over the UK, and she is the winner of the 2009 CLASSICS ASSOCIATION PRIZE for 'a significant contribution to the public understanding of Classics'. In addition to the 17 novels in the ROMAN MYSTERIES sequence, Caroline Lawrence has written five spin-off titles, all of which have contributed to total UK sales in excess of 1 million copies. Visit Caroline's website at and follow her on Twitter @CarolineLawrenc.
Emmy Laybourne

Emmy Laybourne is an American novelist and a former character actress. She appeared as an actress in the movies 'Superstar' and 'The In-Laws', the NBC series 'DAG' and Comedy Central's 'Premium Blend' among others. Her debut novel, MONUMENT 14, was a NY Times Editor's Choice and received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly. Emmy lives in upstate NY, with her husband, their two children and a feisty, slightly judgmental bearded dragon named Goldie. Visit her online at
Neal Layton

Neal is an award-winning illustrator and author of children's books. He has worked on more than 80 titles to date, working with authors such Cressida Cowell and Michael Rosen, and won several prizes including a Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize for 'That Rabbit belongs to Emily Brown'. His books have also been shortlisted for the Red House Book Awards, the Blue Peter Book Awards, the Booktrust Early Years Award, Funfzig Jahre Deutcher Jugendliteraturpreis and New York Public Library's annual list of best Children's Books.He also writes his own books, 'The Invincible Tony Spears' and the bestselling 'Mammoth Academy' Series. His books are currently in print in more than 16 languages worldwide. He lives in Portsmouth with his wife and two daughters.
Natacha Ledwidge

Natacha Ledwidge has always loved drawing and painting. She is also fascinated by the Great Mysteries of Life and says 'Mermaids, angels, unicorns and fairies have always attracted me so when I was asked to illustrate Emily Windsnap I was thrilled!' Natacha has illustrated many books for adults and children. Natacha is married to the film cameraman Angus Hudson and has two children - Georgia, her daughter, is at Camberwell Art College and Oscar, her son, is at school but in his spare time makes films about skateboarding.
David Lee Stone

David has been creating the world of Illmoor since he was ten years old. He works as a freelance writer for SFX magazine. He lives on the coast in Kent with his wife Chiara, and has a baby German Shepherd called Cher.
Tony Lee

A New York Times Best-selling Graphic Novelist, Tony Lee was born in West London, UK in 1970. Informed by a teacher that he had a comic book style of writing, (a comment meant more as an insult), Tony decided that one day he would write for comics.Tony has written for a variety of mediums including Radio 4, The BBC, commerical television in both the UK and US, magazines and both local and national newspapers. Since 2002, he has written for a variety of publishers including Marvel Comics, DC Comics/Zuda, Games Workshop, Panini Comics, Titan Publishing, AAM/Markosia Enterprises, Rebellion/2000ad and IDW Publishing amongst others, writing a variety of creator owned titles and licenses that include X-Men, Spider Man, Doctor Who, Starship Troopers, Wallace & Gromit and Shrek.He is the writer of the ongoing Doctor Who series of comics from IDW, beginning in July 2009, and his award nominated, creator-owned miniseries Hope Falls was collected by AAM/Markosia in May 2009. His next book with them, From The Pages Of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula': Harker, was released in November 2009 to critical acclaim.Added to this, Tony adapted Pride & Prejudice & Zombies into a graphic novel for Del Rey Publishing, with art by Cliff Richards - this was a New York Times #1 Bestselling Paperback Graphic Novel for May 2010 - he is also adapting Anthony Horowitz's Power of Five series into graphic format for Walker Books, the first - Raven's Gate is due out in late 2010, and he has adapted four Horowitz Horror books with Dan Boultwood for Hachette Children's Books.His other book with Walker Books, Outlaw: The Legend Of Robin Hood (drawn by Sam Hart) was released in 2009 and has already been awarded a Junior Library Guild: Fall 2009 Selection, and 'best for 2010' awards from both the American Library Association and the New York Public Library in the USA, among others. In March 2010 it was announced that it was also a finalist for the Children's Choice Book Awards.
Liz Lennon

Liz Lennon is a writer who specialises in children's non-fiction. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and young daughter, who is the best critic of her mum's work.