From the author of the STONEHEART TRILOGY comes a compelling adventure for younger fans of THE BOOK THIEF and SHADOW OF THE WIND.
Cat is knocked down by a speeding fire truck whilst crossing 55th St and 3rd Ave in Central Manhattan. She wakes in a world made from all the books her grandfather used to read to her, peopled by some of the most memorable heroes of classic adventure fiction, brought vividly to life. Cat must earn their friendship and help as she begins an odyssey and epic quest to find the mythic Castle at the World's End. And the name of that distant, mythic, wave-tumbled fastness It is, of course, the castle of Far Rockaway.
If you enjoy reading good books; swashbuckling adventures with sword fights and pirates - then Far Rockaway is the book for you. Join Cat as she embarks on the journey of a lifetime.
Far Rockaway has been longlisted for the Carnegie Book Award 2013.
Well-written and a refreshing change from the contemporary adolescent focus on vampire-related literature . - Courier Mail
A glorious adventure. - Scotsman
Brilliantly juxtaposes a mythic world with twenty-first century reality. - School Librarian
This is pure adventure for readers who love being drawn into descriptive, fascinating, real worlds. **** - Books For Keeps
Celebrates the power of narrative to give meaning and richness to our concept of ourselves and our lives. - Carousel
Inventive mash up between modern fiction and the classics. - Daily Record
Full of wisdom, sharply-drawn imagery, great characters and an ending worthy of all the pages behind it. - Reading Zone
A fast-paced adventure set in Manhattan, with a fabulous heroine. - Angels & Urchins
Having studied English Literature at university , Charlie began his career in the film business carrying cans of film round Soho and making very bad cups of tea on the principal that he'd then be asked to do something a bit more interesting, a strategy that he recommends to anyone starting out as a tea-boy. He progressed to the BBC where he worked in film editing on everything from Drama to Current Affairs.
He then went to California where he morphed into a screenwriter, having been awarded a Warner Brothers Fellowship in Screenwriting at USC School of Cinema and TV. He's written screenplays for Tri-Star, MGM, Paramount and Warner Bros among others. He continues to write for the movies, and also television. He still thinks that being a film editor is a pretty damn fine way to learn about story-telling in general, and narrative structure and pacing in particular.
Charlie also moved into other types of writing including magazine features, a computer game and as both a national Sunday newspaper columnist and restaurant reviewer. Finally he found the way to combine all those writing strands and produced some rattling-good children's books!
The Stoneheart trilogy has been a massive international hit and Charlie has recently sold the movie rights of Stoneheart to Paramount. He has also been asked to write the screenplay himself, which just shows you should never make plans, since he actually wrote the books to get away from Hollywood for a bit...
In his personal life, Charlie met and married his wife, a fellow Scot, in LA. They have two children, whom Charlie calls his first, most important, and toughest audience. They've all now returned from California and live in Edinburgh with a terrier called Archie.