Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Announcing - 'Lost on Mars' - to be published by Firefly Press in 2015!

Today I'm really pleased to announce that the wonderful Firefly Press will be publishing my new kids' book. It's a science fiction adventure called 'Lost on Mars' and it'll be out in May 2015. Here's more details from the Firefly website...

Martian Epic Signing for Firefly

We're delighted to announce we will be publishing Lost on Mars by Paul Magrs in May 2015. Paul is a fantastic author of many books for adults, children and young adults, including Strange Boy, Exchange and Diary of a Dr Who Addict.  (As he is such an addict, and has written five Dr Who novels for BBC books and over twenty original Dr Who audiobooks/dramas, it's also lovely to have the announcement the week we're celebrating Peter Capaldi's new Doctor!)
Lost on Mars is the story of Lora and her family, human settlers on the red planet, as they struggle to survive against terrible odds and is the beginning of a epic series. 'I wanted to write a grand science fiction epic set on another planet, about human beings surviving in incredible new circumstances and encountering mysterious and fascinating new ideas,' says Paul. 'It's a kind of blend of the best elements of classic children's fiction, such as Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, and Golden Age space operas such as Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles.'

Paul said about his inspiration for the book: ‘With my Mars series I want to write a grand science fiction epic set on another planet, about human beings surviving in incredible new circumstances and encountering mysterious and fascinating new ideas. I also want it to be a family story, full of great characters that we come to care for and identify with as they embark on a quest that will take them into the heart of the mystery of the planet Mars.’


Monday, 18 August 2014

The Magrs Top Ten - my novels of the year so far...




I've read roundabout a hundred books so far this year. I'm hoping to get my blog going again soon, after the summer break. But in the meantime - in no particular order - here's my top ten novels of the year so far:
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
The Fault in our Stars – John Green
Fan Girl – Rainbow Rowell
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
The Collected Works of A.J Fikry – Gabrielle Levin
The Storyteller – Jodi Picoult
One Night in Italy – Lucy Diamond
The Unpredictable Consequences of Love – Jill Mansell
Doctor Who : Engines of War – George Mann
IQ84 (Books 1 & 2) – Haruki Murakami