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Philip Reeve

Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for years while also producing and directing a number of no-budget theatre projects.

Philip then began illustrating and has since provided cartoons and jokes for around forty books, including the best-selling Scholastic series Horrible Histories, as well as Murderous Maths and Dead Famous.

He’s 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. A magical and unique read, it immediately caught the attention of readers and reviewers and won several major awards. Three more Hungry Cities novels followed, and Philip’s latest project are the Fever Crumb books, prequels set centuries before the events of Mortal Engines.

Philip has also written Buster Bayliss, a series for younger readers, and stand alone novels including Here Lies Arthur, which won the Carnegie Medal.

Philip lives in Devon with his wife and son and his interests are walking, drawing, writing and reading.

Books by Philip Reeve

  • A Darkling Plain

    A Darkling Plain

  • Albert Einstein and his Inflatable Universe

    Albert Einstein and his Inflatable Universe

  • Al Capone and his Gang

    Al Capone and his Gang

  • A Web of Air

    A Web of Air

  • Awful Art

    Awful Art

  • Cleopatra and her Angry Asp

    Cleopatra and her Angry Asp

  • Desperate Measures

    Desperate Measures

  • Do You Feel Lucky?

    Do You Feel Lucky?

  • Do You Feel Lucky? The Secrets of Probability

    Do You Feel Lucky? The Secrets of Probability

  • Elvis and his Blue Suede Shoes

    Elvis and his Blue Suede Shoes

  • Fever Crumb

    Fever Crumb

  • Goblin Quest

    Goblin Quest

  • Goblins

    Goblins

  • Goblins vs Dwarves

    Goblins vs Dwarves

  • Guaranteed to Bend Your Brain

    Guaranteed to Bend Your Brain

  • Guaranteed to Mash Your Mind

    Guaranteed to Mash Your Mind

  • Henry VIII and his Wicked Wives

    Henry VIII and his Wicked Wives

  • Here Lies Arthur

    Here Lies Arthur

  • Here Lies Arthur

    Here Lies Arthur

  • Horatio Nelson and his Valiant Victory

    Horatio Nelson and his Valiant Victory

  • Horatio Nelson and his Valiant Victory

    Horatio Nelson and his Valiant Victory

  • Horribly Hilarious Joke Book

    Horribly Hilarious Joke Book

  • Incredible Incas (Classic Edition)

    Incredible Incas (Classic Edition)

  • Infernal Devices

    Infernal Devices

  • Isaac Newton and his Falling Apple

    Isaac Newton and his Falling Apple

  • Joan of Arc and her Marching Orders

    Joan of Arc and her Marching Orders

  • Mary Queen of Scots and her Hopeless Husbands

    Mary Queen of Scots and her Hopeless Husbands

  • Mind-Blowing Music

    Mind-Blowing Music

  • Mortal Engines

    Mortal Engines

  • No Such Thing as Dragons

    No Such Thing as Dragons

  • No Such Thing as Dragons

    No Such Thing as Dragons

  • No Such Thing as Dragons

    No Such Thing as Dragons

  • Oliver Cromwell and his Not-So Civil War

    Oliver Cromwell and his Not-So Civil War

  • Pantology

    Pantology

  • Predator's Gold

    Predator's Gold

  • Savage Shapes

    Savage Shapes

  • Scrivener's Moon

    Scrivener's Moon

  • The Incredible Incas

    The Incredible Incas

  • Top Trumps: Ultimate Cars 2

    Top Trumps: Ultimate Cars 2

  • Urgum the Axeman

    Urgum the Axeman

  • Vicious Circles and other Savage Shapes

    Vicious Circles and other Savage Shapes

Awards

Philip has won many major awards, including the Nestle Smarties and Blue Peter prizes for Mortal Engines, the Guardian prize for A Darkling Plain and the Carnegie medal for Here Lies Arthur.