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Rising Writers

Fredrick Backman

Fredrik Backman is a Swedish blogger, columnist and author. His debut novel A Man Called Ove has been a number 1 bestseller across Scandinavia where it has sold over half-a-million copies.

Fredrik's second novel, My Grandmother Sends her Regards and Apologies, also went straight to number 1 in Sweden on publication in 2014.

Matthew Baker

Matthew Baker was born in Michigan. He grew up in a house in the woods where the trees were as tall as towers. One summer he and the neighbour kids built a trap - dug a pit in the ground, tossed stinkweed from the creek in, covered the hole with sticks and leaves and ran off to wait for something to fall in. They were hoping to catch a monster. Instead, they caught a parent. (Some might argue that's the same thing.)

If You Find This is his first novel.

If You Find This

Matthew Baker



Paul Kingsnorth

Paul Kingsnorth is the author of two non-fiction books, One No, Many Yeses (2003) and the highly acclaimed Real England (2008), as well as a collection of poetry, Kidland (2011).

A former journalist and deputy editor of The Ecologist magazine, he has won several awards for his poetry and essays. In 2009, he co-founded the Dark Mountain Project, an international network of writers, artists and thinkers in search of new stories for troubled times.

The Wake is his first novel.

The Wake

Paul Kingsnorth



Tom McLaughlin

Before becoming a writer and illustrator, Tom McLaughlin spent 9 years working as political cartoonist for The Western Morning News thinking up silly jokes about even sillier politicians. Then, in 2004 Tom took the plunge into illustrating and writing his own books. Since then he has written and illustrated picture books as well as working on animated TV shows for Disney and Cartoon Network.

Tom lives in Devon and his hobbies include drinking tea, looking out of the window, and biscuits. His hates include spiders, running out of biscuits, and writing biographies. The Accidental Prime Minster is his first published novel.