Piers Torday

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The Wind in the Wilton’s review – Mr Toad and pals take on weaselly property developers
Piers Torday’s update of the children’s classic brings Kenneth Grahame’s animals to modern-day London

David Jays

01, Dec, 2022 @8:00 PM

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There May Be a Castle review – a dark and wild adventure
This gripping adaptation of Piers Torday’s book will have your children excited, a little scared and bursting with big questions

Miriam Gillinson

08, Dec, 2021 @5:51 PM

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A moment that changed me: I was told to kill the most magnificent creature I had ever seen
My dad loved hunting and I wanted to please him. But nothing prepared me for the beauty of the stag I was expected to shoot

Piers Torday

10, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Animals have dwindled in novels since 1835. Is fiction undergoing its own extinction event?
A new study argues that a disconnect with nature has led to fewer creatures appearing in fiction. But is that really the case?

Piers Torday

01, Oct, 2021 @9:41 AM

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A new start: Piers Torday on how Judy Garland helped him to come out
While his friends at school were listening to Pink Floyd, the author was struggling to find his place. That was, until he discovered Meet Me in St Louis

Piers Torday

28, Dec, 2018 @6:00 AM

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The Lost Magician by Piers Torday review – in Narnia’s shadows
An intriguing homage to CS Lewis’s mythical world – but are the parallels too close?

Philip Womack

08, Sep, 2018 @8:05 AM

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Piers Torday: 'We mounted our loyal tauntauns and waded out across the drifts’
The Empire Strikes Back had just been released and the children’s author, aged 10, was invited to a friend’s house to watch it. But on the day of the screening, disaster struck – he had woken up on the ice planet Hoth …

Piers Torday

22, Dec, 2017 @7:00 AM

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There May Be a Castle by Piers Torday review – imagination and danger
It’s a snowy Christmas Eve … but the journey of the Mallory family to Granny and Gramps takes a sinister turn

Tony Bradman

15, Oct, 2016 @8:30 AM

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Authors share their reading resolutions for 2016 – now share yours!
From ‘bookending’ every day, to full digital detox to reading more books in translation, authors including Louise O’Neill, Meg Rosoff, Katherine Rundell, Philip Reeve, Francesca Simon and Juno Dawson (nee James) reveal reading-related resolutions

01, Jan, 2016 @9:00 AM

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A Song for Ella Grey is a children’s book – and a great one
Children’s author Lynne Reid Banks says David Almond’s novel, which won the Guardian children’s fiction prize, is ‘not a book for children’ – but young readers must come to their own conclusions

Piers Torday

01, Dec, 2015 @1:30 PM

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Guardian children’s fiction prize 2015 shortlist – a judge’s perspective
Myths, magic and Treasure Island-style mystery - classic themes are brought to vivid new life in this year’s contenders

Piers Torday

31, Oct, 2015 @7:00 AM

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Why I'm fighting to get teenagers into libraries
Like most authors Alexia Casale is fiercely passionate about the value of libraries and the transformative power of books – so she developed YA Shot, a library-based teen lit festival and a year-long legacy programme of author visits – and wants to roll it out nationally

Alexia Casale

23, Oct, 2015 @12:38 PM

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