Sophie Wills grew up in Chelmsford, Essex. She failed the 11+, had a weekend job at a boarding kennels where she suffered workplace bullying from a goat and nurtured a dream to have a career she could do in her pyjamas. She worked at two London publishers before finally achieving her ambition by going freelance in 2003. She entered Mumsnet's first Bedtime Story competition in 2012 and Michael Rosen picked out as a winner her story about a pig-riding sheriff. David Tazzyman is an internationally acclaimed award-winning illustrator. He worked as a commercial illustrator before falling into children's publishing in 2006, illustrating Andy Stanton's Mr Gum series which went on to win numerous awards, including the first Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2008. Now David mainly illustrates children's picture and fiction books and lives in Leicestershire with his partner and three children.
'There's nothing I love more than getting stuck into a really good book featuring orphans, workhouses and wicked matrons so I LOVED The Orphans of St Halibut's! Plus it's proper laugh-out-loud funny. What a treat' -- Judith Eagle, author of <i>The Secret Starling</i> [A] brilliantly funny tale -- Anna Fargher, author of <i>The Umbrella Mouse</i> Stupendous and hilarious! Hapless heroes, slime ball villains, and a volatile goat. Deliciously disgusting at times, and filled to the brim with Sophie's dark humour. Perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket. -- Hana Tooke, author of <i>The Unadoptables</i> A darkly delightful combination of slapstick humour and sharp satire -- Miss Cleveland, book blogger Deliciously dark and laugh-out-loud funny, I LOVE The Orphans of St Halibut's -- Julie Pike, author of <i>The Last Spell Breather</i> Dark, funny and very, very clever. With gloriously gothic artwork from David Tazzyman -- Rashmi Sirdeshpande, author of <i>How to be Extraordinary</i> This book will make you snort, squirm and scream with laughter! -- Dashe Roberts, author of <i>Sticky Pines: The Bigwoof Conspiracy</i> All round middle grade perfection! -- Marie Basting, author of <i>Princess BMX</i> Fast-paced, witty and clever with wicked twists and turns and a brilliant bunch of characters. David Tazzyman's illustrations are spot on! -- MyBookCorner Blog What a wonderful caper . . . fantastically high-spirited and truly heartwarming story. -- Marina Hyde, <i>Guardian </i>columnist A fabulously funny tale of clever orphans, rambling houses, angry goats and grizzly ends . . . made me laugh out loud! -- Kirsty Applebaum, author of <i>The Middler</i> Deliciously funny, dark, eccentric and clever -- Nicola Penfold, author of <i>Where the World Turns Wild</i> A lovely - warm, funny, energetic - read. -- Lucy Mangan The most effortlessly hilarious book I've read in a long time with an unforgettable cast -- Nizrana Farook, author of <i>The Girl Who Stole an Elephant</i>