As a child Phil harboured dreams of becoming a professional footballer, only for his career to be ended by an addiction to Frazzles, as well as an all-round lack of ability. Instead, at the age of 26, he got a job in a bookshop and fell in love with children's fiction. Eighteen years on, he is the author of fifteen novels, and delights in unearthing stories from everyday, innocuous events. He lives with his three children, on the side of a very steep hill in West Yorkshire.
A magnificent story ... It deserves every prize going -- Philip Pullman A deeply moving, thought-provoking drama * Daily Mail * An extraordinary story with historical and family truth at its heart, that tells us as much about the present as the past. Deeply felt, movingly written, a remarkable achievement -- Michael Morpurgo Uplifting ... should whet appetites for wartime classics such as Carrie's War and Goodnight Mr Tom * Telegraph * Utterly brilliant, original and so very, very moving... a triumph for kids' lit -- Sarah Crossan