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November’s Guest Editor is Jonathan Stroud who before he became a full time writer worked as an Editor for one of the top independent children’s publishers, Walker Books.

Jonathan was born in Bedford and grew up in St Albans. He has been writing stories since he was seven but it wasn’t until he was 23 when his first book (of Puzzles) was published. Between seven and 23 he went to school, studied English Literature at York university and worked for Walker Books. Jonathan now lives in St. Albans with his wife and two children and cycles everyday to his study with the aim of writing 25 pages a week. 

Where Jonathan gets his ideas from:

Ideas come from everywhere and can hit you at any time. I once got a very good one in the bath. The idea of Bartimaeus came while walking gloomily home in the rain. Ideas can be big or small – crashing insights or half-baked intuitions. I think they come from almost anything: people you meet, places you go, things you read, conversations overheard, dreams, newspapers, today's television, childhood memories. The thing to do is write them down when you get them, or they'll quickly drift away.

 

For even more background on Jonathan and to check out some questions he is frequently asked click here.

 

 

 

 

 



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Guest Editor - Jonathan Stroud


Best known for the fantasy Bartimaeus series, Jonathan Stroud has been a full time writer since 2001. Find out more about his novels as well as some of his favourite books and those which have influenced him.

Guest editor's featured books


Bartimaeus: The Ring of Solomon
Bartimaeus: The Ring of Solomon
Jonathan Stroud
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book of the Year Award 2010. Magic and wit make perfect partners in this highly entertaining new story - a prequel to the author's Bartimaeus trilogy - about an unusually quick-witted djinni who has an uncanny...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 14/10/2010
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Bartimaeus 3: Ptolemy's Gate
Bartimaeus 3: Ptolemy's Gate
Jonathan Stroud
Three years on from the events in The Golem's Eye, the magicians' rule in London is teetering on a knife-edge, with strikes, riots and general unrest. The Prime Minister is largely controlled by two advisers, one of whom is 17-year-old...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/10/2010
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Bartimaeus 2: The Golem's Eye
Bartimaeus 2: The Golem's Eye
Jonathan Stroud
Two years have passed since the events of The Amulet of Samarkand and the young magician Nathaniel is rising fast through the government ranks. But his career is suddenly threatened by a series of terrifying crises. A dangerous golem makes...
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Bartimaeus 1: The Amulet of Samarkand
Bartimaeus 1: The Amulet of Samarkand
Jonathan Stroud
This is the first in an unforgettable fantasy sequence called Bartimaeus, every one of which is full of magical intrigue, murder and rebellion.  When Bartimaeus is packed off against his will by Nathaniel, a young magician’s apprentice to steal the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/09/2010
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