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Our Authors
Maggie Pearson

My father was a brilliant story-teller. He had a very boring day-job, so exercised his mind making up long, involved (and often very funny) bedtime stories for my sister and me - with a cliff-hanger ending every night! On the rare occasions when he was stuck for ideas, he used to fall back on lesser-known folk tales. Re-telling traditional stories is still the kind of writing I most enjoy.At school I used the English essay subjects we were given as an excuse to write stories of my own, which weren't always appreciated. 'Write on the subject!' written in red and a mark of C+ was my first experience of rejection.My French teacher was more appreciative, which maybe explains why I ended up doing not English but French at university. Straight after graduation I married and settled down to be a full-time wife and mother - it was a straight choice in those days between motherhood or a career.Apart from some freelance journalism and a few stories for radio, my writing career was on hold until my three sons were grown up, at which point I decided it was now or never if I wanted to be a full-time writer.I was lucky enough to get my first book - a retelling of an old East Anglian folk tale - accepted by the second publisher I sent it to. Luckier still to get a review from Susan Hill, saying it deserved to become a children's classic. (It didn't, of course.)Since then I've published around thirty books, ranging from picture book texts to a teenage vampire novel.My first young teenage novel, 'Owl-light', was short-listed for the WH Smith Mind-Boggling Books award.My most recent one, 'Shadow of the Beast', was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal.Nowadays, I'm a book junkie. I buy more books than I can ever possibly read and enjoy all kinds, bar chick-lit and modern biography.My other interests include cryptic crosswords, going to the theatre and foreign travel.
Max Pemberton

Max Pemberton is a doctor, journalist and writer. Over the course of his medical career he has worked across a broad range of medicine, including paediatrics, mental health, surgery and geriatrics. Max is a writer for the Daily Mail, Reader's Digest, and the Spectator. Before moving to the Mail three years ago, he was a columnist at the Daily Telegraph for 12 years. He has won several awards for his writing, including Mind Journalist of the Year, the Royal College of Psychiatrists Public Educator of the Year and awards from the Medical Journalists' Association. He has presented the BBC Radio 4 flagship health programme Inside Health and is a regular commentator on TV and radio on health and social issues. Max has also written four bestselling books for adults. The Marvellous Adventure of Being Human is his first book for children.
Sam Penant

Sam Penant is a freelance travel writer and historical researcher who, in Hero 41, has amalgamated an early love of superhero comics with his grown-up fascination with 18th and 19th century prisons. Sam is bored with today's cinematic superheroes and all that CGI. He falls asleep during the endless climactic battles that are always won by muscle-bound characters in unbelievable costumes. The characters in Hero 41 are not super - yet - but they are heroes in the making. Ordinary girls and boys who learn to their astonishment that they possess powers of various kinds (some quite bizarre) that they must learn to use and control - in a semi-ruined prison that's been turned into a school for their benefit alone.
Amelia Penn

Amelia Penn loves writing! She has written a range of books for children from funny fairy tales to facts about sharks. She currently lives in South West London with her son and partner.
Kate Pennington

Kate Pennington is a pseudonym for a very successful, million-selling author. She has chosen to publish with a different name because her new work is a major departure from her established work to date - as she writes about favourite, and much loved, areas of history and literature (which formed the backbone to her post-graduate studies in literature).
JP Percy

JP has worked in publishing for several years and is an editor and writer of books for young children.
J.P. Percy

JP has worked in publishing for several years and is an editor and writer of books for young children.
Mark Perry

Mark Perry of BBC's Dead Ringers fame (as the voice of Martin Jarvis and Graham Norton) is a political and sports impressionist in other BBC radio series and in The Archers. On TV he has appeared in Mr Charity and in various stage productions around Britain.
Polly Peters

Polly Peters is a former English and drama teacher and community theatre writer and director. With Andrew Fusek Peters she has produced over 40 books. POEMS WITH ATTITUDE and POEMS WITH ATTITUDE UNCENSORED were both Education Guardian book of the week. She and Andrew live with their two children in rural Shropshire.
Rita Petruccioli

Rita Petruccioli was born in Rome in 1982. She attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome and ENSAD in Paris. Her works have been exhibited in Italy, France, Germany and South Korea. She works as an illustrator and comic book artist for different projects including advertising, magazines, textile design and children books. She has collaborated with different publishers such as Mondadori, Bao Publishing, Einaudi, Ladybird, Timbuktu Lab, Auzou, ELI, Lavieri, La Nuova Frontiera Junior, Il Castoro and Laterza. When she is not drawing she is engaged in workshops on gender stereotypes in comics.
Kevin Pettman

About the author: Kevin Pettman is a versatile and passionate editor and writer with 15 years experience of market-leading national consumer interest titles, ranging from weekly and monthly magazines to books, annuals, special projects and partworks.
Kate Petty

Kate Petty was a widely-published author of both fiction and non fiction titles. Before her death in 2007 she had worked in publishing for many years, and was most recently the children's book publisher for the Eden Project.
Rita Philips Mitchell

Rita Phillips Mitchell was born in Belize and came to England in the 1960s. A retired head teacher, she has published a number of children's titles including Hue Boy (Puffin), There is More to a Banana and One for Me, One for You (both Walker). She lives in Essex.
Hannah Phillips

Hannah has worked in publishing since leaving university in a variety of roles. She lives in Shropshire.
Liza Phipps

Liza Phipps is a former teacher with a particular interest in history and drama.
Liz Pichon

Liz Pichon studied graphic design at Middlesex Polytechnic and Camberwell School of Art in London. She is the creator of The Brilliant World of Tom Gates and has won the Waterstones Children's Prize, Blue Peter Award, Red House Book Award, and many more.
Tim Pigott-Smith

Tim graduated in Drama from the University of Bristol, in 1967. He now holds the position of Special Lecturer in the Department of Drama. He has played leading roles with both the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Royal National Theatre; his most recent stage appearance was as Henry Higgins, in the Peter Hall production of Pygmalion.Tim made his Broadway debut in 1974 as Dr Watson in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production 'Sherlock Holmes'.He is well known for his character roles on TV, and his award-winning performance as Ronald Merrick in The Jewel in the Crown brought him international recognition. Tim has filmed all over the world, and has now achieved his ambition to appear in a James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, as the Foreign Secretary. In 2010, he will appear as Lord Ascot in Tim Burton's film Alice in Wonderland (released 2 April in UK).Tim is a regular broadcaster, with many audiobooks to his credit.
Christopher Pike

Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of Kevin McFadden. He was born in New York, but grew up in Los Angeles, where he lives to this day. Prior to becoming a writer he worked in a factory, painted houses and programmed computers. His hobbies include astronomy, meditating, running and making sure his books are prominently displayed in his local bookshop! As well as being a bestselling teen horror and thriller writer, he is also the author of numerous titles for adults. Other well-known works include: The Last Vampire series and the Remember Me series.
Jim Pipe

Jim Pipe has written numerous non-fiction books for children, many on historical subjects. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Saviour Pirotta

Saviour Pirotta has written over 100 children's books, ranging from picture books to novels. He has been fascinated by traditional tales since he was a child, and before becoming a full-time writer he worked as a storyteller for the Commonwealth Institute in London. His titles include The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths and The Orchard Book of Grimm's Fairy Tales. He lives in Saltaire, West Yorkshire.