I have had the BEST publication week! I’ve spent the week visiting schools and talking to students about my books, and I had a launch at Waterstones Piccadilly:
It was so, so much fun, and I can’t think of a better way to bring this book into the world. You can watch 27 minutes of the panel here.
SFX magazine reviewed the book and gave it five stars! They said “A controlled yet elegantly light touch makes The Quiet at the End of the World a credible, hugely rewarding read.”
Some things I’ve written about the book:
- Research trips I took when writing the book
- Writing playlist
- Fancasting the characters
- Where I got the idea
- The science representation in the book
- A video introducing the book
- Q&A with Grace Latter
- Q&A with Amy McCaw
- Q&A with Fantastic Books – who also made this amazing moodboard!
Moodboard by fantasticbooksawtft
I’ve also written an article for Den of Geek:
The best (and worst) on-screen female scientists
As a science student, it’s always been rare for me to find fictional scientists who feel realistic. Most of the time the scientists I see in films are wildly absurd – geniuses in not just their field but in everything, who know how to hack any server, recreate any molecule, identify any liquid and calculate the angle of impact of any bomb.
If people grow up only ever seeing scientists as being impossibly, unbelievably clever, then they are going to be discouraged from ever studying science themselves. This is especially true for women: who wants to become a scientist when your on-screen counterparts are constantly harassed, seen as bossy or lacking social skills, and are either comically unattractive or so sexy that it makes it unsafe to be in a laboratory environment? (I’m looking at you, mini-skirt lab coats and high heels.)
Frankly, this isn’t great. In a time when women still only make up 23% of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) workforce, there need to be better role models for the aspiring girls in the audience.
There are a few places you can win a copy of the book – on Lucy Powrie’s twitter, on Melinda Salisbury’s, and by entering #TheQuietBookChallenge on instagram (which gets you a subscription to Illumicrate and more).
If you get it, I hope you like it! I am very nervous!
How far would you go to save those you love?
Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking and looking for treasure – until a secret is uncovered that threatens their entire existence.
In the quiet at the end of the world, Lowrie and Shen must decide what they are willing to sacrifice to save the whole human race…
If you want to meet me, here are a few events I’m going to be appearing at:
Monthly: Sparks Young Writers classes, Rugby, Years 5-9 – book here – Upcoming dates: April 6, 2019, May 11, 2019, June 15, 2019, July 6, 2019
Monthly: WritersHQ writing retreats at Holy Trinity Church, Coventry, – details here – Upcoming dates: 23rd March, 27th April, 25th May, 22nd June, 27th July
30th March: Kids Book Fest at Delapre Abbey, Northampton – Panel with Celia Rees, 3.30pm – details here
7th April: In conversation with Alice Oseman at Foyles Birmingham – details here
8th June: CYMERA: Scotland’s festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing, The Pleasance, 60 Pleasance – panel with Tom Pollock, 10.30am – Details here
26- 28th July – YALC – Details here
Aug 15th-19th: Worldcon 2019, Dublin – Details here