Jonathan Stroud wrote his earlier novels - Buried Fire, The Leap and The Last Siege - whilst working as an editor at Walker Books. Now he works full-time as a writer, with his bestselling Lockwood & Co. series and Bartimaeus trilogy gaining worldwide interest and two titles, Ptolemy's Gate and The Empty Grave, having been long-listed for the Carnegie Medal.
You won't be able to put this down. A classic in the making. -- Eoin Colfer Perfectly paced, beautifully written and bursting with black humour and bold ideas. -- Philip Reeve I've gone for the sheer entertainment and escapism of Jonathon Stroud's The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne, first in a series, and the perfect tonic to January lockdown. [...] Stroud's talent for creating astonishing yet utterly believable literary worlds is well known - and this is another triumph. This adventure - starring a pair of charismatic anti-heroes, intensely cinematic action laced with characteristically dry wit, and a mash-up genres - crammed with gun fights, monsters and shadowy government operatives. Pitched for younger teens, but I expect discerning readers of 10 and up to devour it. -- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller * If you enjoy comedy, mixed with thrilling action, this is the book for you. -- Becky (Age 12) * Books Up North * Imaginative, original, taut and with multi-layered protagonists... A wild ride. * Jo Cotterill *