Vote for the Specsavers National Book Awards, Book of the Year 2013

Find the form and your chance to win book tokens here: Last years winner was 50 Shades of Grey by EL James.

Voting closes at Midnight on 19th December 2013. Terms and Conditions can be found on the page. The competition is only open to UK and ROI voters.

There are also links on the page for you to vote for Author and other Book Awards. Get involved!

Derek Landy talks about his Doctor Who short story!

As many of you will know by now, I am a big Derek Landy and Skulduggery Pleasant fan so discovering that he has written a Doctor Who story for my favourite Doctor (10/David Tennant), I was super excited. I think you can guess just how excited I was to find an interview with him discussing the story, how it developed and the obligatory whether he would go backwards or forwards in time.

Check out the interview here:

The short story has been written as part of a collection of short stories, one for each Doctor, by different big name authors in preparation and as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations for Doctor Who.

Derek Landy reading Chapter 3 from Last Stand of Dead Men

So, as if I haven’t posted enough videos of Landy reading and talking about Last Stand of Dead Men, HarperCollins Children’s Books have published yet another on their YouTube channel. So, I’m posting this one too:

I have also found a video of him introducing Last Stand too, from the Waterstones YouTube channel:

I can’t remember if I have posted it before so I figured I might as well post it again.


Video: Derek Landy reads Chapter One of Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men


SpWeeklyNews ( over on YouTube have posted a video of Derek Landy reading the first chapter of the eagerly awaited Last Stand of Dead Men, the next book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series. Here’s the video:

The video cuts off the end of the chapter but here’s the end of it:

“…who tried to kill who. My days are devoted to my granddaughter and my nights are spent making multiple trips to the toilet. I don’t have time for anyone’s grandson.”
“The Warlock is someone’s grandson?”
“I never said that.”
“Actually, you sort of did.”
“Oh, I see. You’re one of those, are you? You like to play around with words to get to something out of me? Well, it’s not going to work. With age comes wisdom, have you ever heard of that?”
“I did. But I’ve found that wisdom has a high point around a hundred and twenty years. Once you reach that, you’re really wise as you’re going to get.”
“I’m wise enough to say nothing more on the subject.”
“So you know I’m telling the truth.”
“I didn’t say that!”
“The Warlock you spoke of had been hired by the Necromancers to kill. He said he owed them a favor. Why?”
“Why does anyone do anything?”
“What did the Necromancers do for the Warlock? Did they give him something?”

As well as this chapter, don’t forget that I posted another video of Derek Landy reading another chapter from the next book back in May. The blog post with that video can be found here.

Last Stand of Dead Men is due out on 29th August, 2013.