153: Signed original drawing of Tobias from CITY OF THIEVES by Ellen Renner

ITEM: A signed original drawing by Ellen Renner of Tobias, the main character from City of Thieves.

DETAILS: The drawing is of Tobia. It is a pencil drawing and will be professionally mounted (but not framed). The style can be seen in the post for Ellen’s other auction item.

Castle of Shadows was published in Jan. 2010 by Orchard Books followed by City of Thieves in August 2010. City Of Shadows made the Times and Independent summer 2010 reading lists; both books made the Times best children’s books of 2010 list.

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152: Paperback edition of TALL STORY, signed and drawn on by Candy Gourlay (2 of 2)

ITEM: Paperback edition of TALL STORY, signed and drawn on by Candy Gourlay (who in one of her previous lives was a cartoonist)

ABOUT TALL STORY: Tall Story was published to acclaim in 2010 by David Fickling Books. It’s about a Filipino boy, Bernardo, and his British half-sister, Andi, finally reunited after years of immigration paperwork – only for Andi to find that Bernardo is eight feet tall, a giant! Shortlisted for the UKLA Children’s Book Award, the Blue Peter My Favourite Story Prize and the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize
Reviews http://www.tallstory.net/reviews/

ABOUT CANDY: Candy Quimpo Gourlay is a Filipino author based in London. She reported on the fall of the Marcos dictatorship in 1986 in Manila. She married a British journalist and ended up in England covering first world issues from a developing world perspective for the news agency Inter Press Service. In 2005, she returned to the Philippines to write and present the Radio 4 documentary, MOTHERLESS NATION, about the children left behind by migrant workers. Tall Story is her debut novel. Read Candy’s reflection on the Japanese earthquake http://candygourlay.blogspot.com/2011/03/grieving-with-japan-and-hoping.html


140: Signed original drawing of Charlie from CASTLE OF SHADOWS by Ellen Renner

ITEM: A signed original drawing by Ellen Renner of Charlie, the main character from Castle of Shadows.

DETAILS: The drawing is of Charlie finding her mother’s note. It is a pencil drawing and will be professionally mounted (but not framed).

Castle of Shadows was published in Jan. 2010 by Orchard Books followed by City of Thieves in August 2010. City Of Shadows made the Times and Independent summer 2010 reading lists; both books made the Times best children’s books of 2010 list.


137: Signed copy of THE MAN WHO PAINTED AGNIESZKA’S SHOES by Dan Holloway + original cover art + lifetime free entry pass

ITEM: I would like to offer a signed copy of my book The Man Who Painted Agnieszka’s Shoes, along with the original cover art for the book, PLUS a lifetime free entry pass to all eight cuts gallery live spoken word shows (we currently run shows monthly in Oxford with a £3 entry, but also do regular shows in London)

DETAILS: Why are there some images we just can’t look away from, whilst others fade without us ever noticing they were there?

When mysterious Polish woman Agnieszka Iwanowa’s tragi-comic death in a gym accident is uploaded to YouTube, the film’s final image of her upturned trainers is rehashed by everyone from right wing extremists to a reclusive installation artist who only speaks through his dominatrix PA.Now Dan Griffiths has to make the image fresh.

The search for Agnieszka’s secret slowly overtakes Dan’s search for his own daughter, missing for ten years, ignored by the media, and now sending him – and the reader – glimpses of messages from what seems like another world.Dan’s journey sucks him into the worlds of political extremism; BDSM; a haiku-composing graffiti artist; an online community devoted to the dead girl, and its reclusive Japanese schoolboy moderator who has just paid half a million dollars for the diary of a scientist whose work he believes will enable him to bring Agnieszka back from the dead.

This is a story about a world gone numb, a world in which pain is the only thing that’s real

The eight cuts website can be found here.


79: Signed copies of LOTTIE BIGGS IS NOT MAD and LOTTIE BIGGS IS NOT DESPERATE by Hayley Long + signed original illustration from LOTTIE BIGGS IS NOT TRAGIC

ITEM: I am offering personalised signed copies of ‘Lottie Biggs is Not Mad’ and ‘Lottie Biggs is Not Desperate’ and a signed original illustration of Lois the Emo from the forthcoming book, ‘Lottie Biggs is Not Tragic.’

BIO: Hayley Long was born in Ipswich in 1971. She wrote her first ever book when she was seven years old. It was called Toot the Owl and even though it wasn’t very good, her mum never threw it away. After leaving school, Hayley went to university in Aberystwyth and then spent several years working in various countries in Europe. Eventually she ran out of money and came back to Britain to be an English teacher and it was while she was doing this, in London, that she began writing books of her own.

Hayley now teaches English at Paston Sixth-Form College in Norfolk and when she isn’t doing this, she keeps on writing stuff. Lottie Biggs is not Mad, the first in a series of books for young adults has now been translated into several different languages and has been awarded the White Raven label for ‘noteworthy and remarkable books’ by the International Youth Library in Munich.


77: Signed copy of THE BLACKHOPE ENIGMA by Teresa Flavin + signed A4 giclee print

ITEM: A signed copy of THE BLACKHOPE ENIGMA by Teresa Flavin (Templar Publishing’s UK edition or the Candlewick Press ARC of the US edition, if the top bidder is in the USA), plus a signed A4 giclée print of one of Teresa’s black & white illustrations from the book.

DESCRIPTION:
THE BLACKHOPE ENIGMA: For centuries, Blackhope Tower has been shrouded in intrigue, which seems to centre around a curious painting hanging in the Mariner’s Chamber. Its meaning has baffled historians, but when fourteen-year-old Sunni visits the tower, she finds herself transported to the very heart of the Blackhope Enigma, and the painting itself. Can she and her friend Blaise overcome its dangers and evade their ruthless pursuers? And will they find their way home alive? An age-old mystery is about to unravel. (For ages 10-14)

Long-listed for the 2011 Branford Boase Prize
Short-listed for the 2011 Leeds Book Awards
Short-listed for the 2011 Waverton Good Reads Award


70: Paperback edition of TALL STORY, signed and drawn on by Candy Gourlay (1 of 2)

ITEM: Paperback edition of TALL STORY, signed and drawn on by Candy Gourlay (who in one of her previous lives was a cartoonist)

ABOUT TALL STORY: Tall Story was published to acclaim in 2010 by David Fickling Books. It’s about a Filipino boy, Bernardo, and his British half-sister, Andi, finally reunited after years of immigration paperwork – only for Andi to find that Bernardo is eight feet tall, a giant! Shortlisted for the UKLA Children’s Book Award, the Blue Peter My Favourite Story Prize and the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize
Reviews http://www.tallstory.net/reviews/

ABOUT CANDY: Candy Quimpo Gourlay is a Filipino author based in London. She reported on the fall of the Marcos dictatorship in 1986 in Manila. She married a British journalist and ended up in England covering first world issues from a developing world perspective for the news agency Inter Press Service. In 2005, she returned to the Philippines to write and present the Radio 4 documentary, MOTHERLESS NATION, about the children left behind by migrant workers. Tall Story is her debut novel. Read Candy’s reflection on the Japanese earthquake http://candygourlay.blogspot.com/2011/03/grieving-with-japan-and-hoping.html