Nick Ostler & Mark Huckerby: Defender of the Realm series

Defender of the Realm sequel coverMark and Nick are an Emmy-winning and BAFTA-nominated writing partnership. They have scripted hundreds of episodes of popular TV shows such as Danger Mouse, Thunderbirds Are Go! and Shaun The Sheep, reaching worldwide audiences of millions. They are currently head writing a new TV adaptation of Tove Jansson’s beloved Moomin book series, and scripting an animated family feature for Studio Canal with Academy Award-winning director, Steve Box (Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Wererabbit). Defender of the Realm was long-listed for the Branford Boase Award. Kirkus Reviews called it a ‘thrilling mash up of history and fantasy’.  The third book in the series comes out Spring 2018.

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Defender of the Realm series: Fourteen-year-old heir to the throne, Alfie, didn’t expectto be King so soon. He DEFINITELY did not expect to be DEFENDER OF THE REALM, a legendary superhero, fighting a secret, centuries-long battle to protect the nation from monsters and super-villains. An ordinary girl, Hayley Hicks, finds herself fighting alongside Alfie in a desperate struggle to stop a fearsome new enemy, the Black Dragon.



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