Star of Nimrod
The Crystal Palace Chronicles Book 1
OUT 5 NOVEMBER 2021
Join Joe on a rollercoaster adventure travelling back in time to the heyday of Victorian Crystal Palace.
Joe is lonely, and bored. His best friend moved away, he’s stuck looking after his annoying little sister and Dad spends every hour in their struggling restaurant, Paradise.
But Joe's world is turned upside down when he discovers a shattered compass among the brambles where the Crystal Palace once stood and time travels through the maze back to 1888.
With help from the teenage H. G. Wells and Samuel Coleridge Taylor, daredevil Iris Blondin, the creator of Sherlock Holmes and the Queen of the Gypsies, Joe must foil dangerous diamond thieves to uncover dark secrets about the ‘People’s Palace'. Standing on boundaries between worlds, its secrets are tied to the fate of his family.
Will Joe be trapped in the past with his new friends, find a way back to his family or can he somehow have both?
Explore a world waiting behind the one you thought you knew, haunted by spirits that roamed the untamed Great North Wood, where the secrets of the past can make the ordinary extraordinary.
Including a personalised dediaction
“It’s a story about realising what true friendships are. What I found really good was the way Joe met up with famous people that were to become successful like Samuel Coleridge Taylor and Bertie who becomes H. G. Wells. It taught me much more about Crystal Palace and it’s a really entertaining book.”
Abdurehaman aged 13
“I would recommend it to all my friends because it’s good to know more about where you live.”
Spike aged 11
“Even when you feel you don’t love your family you love them deep inside especially if you’re away from them.” Maia aged 12
Skins meets Goodfellas in this coming-of-age thriller. Lorna dreams of finding her father only to discover he belongs to the Sicilian Mafia family who secretly control her home-counties town.
Lorna inadvertently saves the life of her long-lost father Massimo from a hit-man and becomes an unwitting accomplice in the hit-man’s murder and its cover-up. Massimo claims his near-death experience has motivated him to bring Lorna into his life. But is he just manipulating Lorna to stop her revealing their lethal secret?
Lorna must juggle the perils of police, vengeful Russian mobsters and school whilst struggling to fit in with her dangerously dysfunctional new family, forcing her to question who she is and whether Massimo can ever be the father she wants.