Agent: Philippa Milnes-Smith
Philip Reeve was born in Brighton and worked in a book shop for many years whilst pursuing various non-paying sidelines as a writer/producer/director of low budget film and comedy projects before becoming a full-time illustrator (he illustrated a number of the popular Horrible Histories series) and then turning to writing. His first novel, Mortal Engines (Scholastic), won the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award (2002) and was shortlisted for both the Branford Boase Award and the Whitbread Prize. He has since won many more awards and accolades for his works including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 2006 for The Darkling Plain and the 2008 Carnegie Medal for Here Lies Arthur. He was chosen to write one of the 50th Anniversary Collection of Stories specially commissioned to celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who. Railhead (OUP) was one of the two most reviewed children’s books in the UK in 2015, with two sequels following.
Acclaimed as one of today’s most inventive and daring writers for children and young adults, and published in many languages, Philip has also written a number of humorous books for younger readers. These include the Goblins trilogy (Scholastic), which is in development for film with Laika Studios and several titles co-created with Sarah McIntyre (OUP) including Oliver and the Seawigs and Pugs of the Frozen North, which won the children’s category in the 2016 Independent Bookshop Awards and the Legend of Kevin series.
Philip lives in Devon, England with his wife and son.