A Third Book For Barrington Stoke Publishers

Barrington_StokeMichelle is proud to have her third book published by Barrington Stoke, the foremost publisher of super-readable short fiction by some of the very best children’s authors and illustrators in the UK. It’s called The Front Room and has illustrations by Vladimir Stankovic.

Each title has a host of unique accessibility features to offer cracking reads to more children including reluctant and struggling readers and those with dyslexia or visual stress.

Click here to find out about all three books.

Mrs Beech

GMTLibretto“When I wrote Goodnight Mister Tom I knew a lot more about William’s mother than I revealed in the book. I didn’t write more about her because it was Tom Oakley and Willie Beech’s story.

Some years after it was published, I was working on the musical with the composer Gary Carpenter and I felt that I needed to write the lyrics for two songs to show not only how disturbed and frightened she was but also to reveal her broken childhood and what led her to commit suicide.

Meanwhile, as the musical was being performed there was talk of a TV adaptation and I was introduced to the screenwriter Brian Finch. After it was given the go ahead I brought up the subject of Mrs Beech. I knew he would need to write scenes for her and I didn’t want her portrayed as evil even though her actions were abusive. And I told him about the songs. Read more >>>>

Farewell To Jack Gold

Jack Gold Director of Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle magorianIt was with great sadness that we heard of the death of the director Jack Gold at the age of 85.

He had a long and successful career directing films along with many hard-hitting documentaries including Death In The Morning about fox hunting presented by Alan Whicker, for which he was awarded the first of four BAFTA Awards.

In 1975 he directed the brilliant film A Naked Civil Servant starring John Hurt as the flamboyant Quentin Crisp, for which Jack was awarded the BAFTA Desmond Davis Award For Contribution To Television. Read more >>>>

New Reviews For The Novel Impossible!

Awfully Big Review of Michelle Magorian's Impossible

Pippa Goodhart reviews IMPOSSIBLE! on Saturday, 4 July 2015 for An Awfully Big Blog Adventure


“……This is a world of radiograms, Premium Bonds, sputnicks, cruetts, snobbishness about ITV, and more to puzzle modern children but evoke smiles of recognition in older readers.  Its a story about different theories of how to act on stage, making it a fascinating read for any, old or young, who are interested in drama. Read more >>>>

New Book Jackets

new book jacket for Magorian's Cuckoo In The NesToday Egmont Publishing rebrands A Spoonful Of Jam and Cuckoo In The Nest with brand new book jackets.

They retail in paperback for £7.99 each and new covers for Just Henry and A Little Love Song will be released on the 7th May.




‘The novels are standalone stories but there is chronological progression and often subtle links between subsidiary characters, so we wanted them to look collectable as well as beautiful”
Egmont Publishing

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The Bookwitch – Michelle Magorian In The Limelight

Bookwitch interviews Michelle Magorian

Here’s a lovely interview that Michelle did with The Bookwitch

Michelle Magorian in the Limelight

“If anyone had told me ten years ago that I’d be able to put together a few questions for Michelle Magorian, and that she’d actually answer them for me, and take the time to check that she hadn’t written too much (too much? – Impossible!), would have seemed close to unbelievable.

There is a love and respect for Michelle both among ‘ordinary’ readers and among her peers, which stands out. She’s not the most famous author in the world, nor the richest, but there is something about the way people have a special room in their hearts for her and Mister Tom.

I loved her new novel Impossible! and I felt I wanted to ask her about it, and why it took so much longer to appear in print than you’d expect from a ‘Michelle Magorian novel.’ Why didn’t publishers tear it from her hands? Here is Michelle with – nearly all – the answers:” Read more >>>>

Impossible! – Book Launch Events

The book jacket for Michelle Magorian's new book Impossible!We are delighted to announce that Michelle’s new book Impossible! is available in all good book shops now.

Michelle will be appearing at a few events around the country and the official launch will be held at Theatre Royal, Stratford East on 1st December. I asked Michelle why they wanted to use that particular venue for the launch and she wrote this by way of explanation:

“Twelve-year-old Josie, a tomboy from a working class background, is in her first term at a London stage school, which turns out to be more like a finishing school for the upper classes. She is firmly told that there is little possibility of her being given an acting role with a professional company until the following year. Fortunately she is offered one in an American comedy. Unfortunately she is mistaken for one of the other cast members and kidnapped. Read more >>>>