News posts for 2014

Gervase Phinn endorsement

Gervase Phinn, Best Selling Author and former County Inspector of Schools has reviewed and endorsed Where The Poppies Now Grow, written to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.

"Written in the great poetic tradition of depicting war as something immensely sad and personal, 'Where The Poppies Now Grow' is a powerful and beautifully written story, superbly illustrated, one which touches our hearts."

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Hilary Robinson

Hilary Robinson, 2014.
Hilary Robinson, 2014.

Love Reading 4 Kids

Where The Poppies Now Grow is "a book that reflects the lasting importance of both friendship and place and how they can help to heal the tragedy of war."  Julia Eccleshare - Children's Books Editor at The Guardian and LoveReading4Kids

Seven Stories competition

Seven Stories, the Centre For Children's Books, are running a competition, the winners of which will be able to dedicate Hilary's new book, The Christmas Truce, to a war hero. More details at Seven Stories.

Chalke Valley History Festival

Hilary, along with illustrator Martin Impey,  was delighted to take part in the Chalke Valley History Festival 2014 where audiences were able to find out more about Where The Poppies Now Grow.

The School Run's top WW1 books

"Where The Poppies Now Grow" and "The Christmas Truce" have been listed by The School Run in their top WW1 books for children. Read more here.

Christmas Truce book now available to buy

The sequel to the hugely popular Where The Poppies Now Grow, The Christmas Truce, is now available to buy online.  It would make a lovely Christmas gift for children to learn about World War 1.

Award nominations

Just announced.  Where The Poppies Now Grow has been nominated for both The Carnegie Award and The Kate Greenaway Award 2015 - the most prestigious awards in children's literature.

Christmas Truce review on Newstalk

Three bookworms at Newstalk choose the best books for Chrismtas 2014 and The Christmas Truce is one of them. Listen to the review at Newstalk.

Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2014

Hilary, (second left), and illustrator Martin Impey (far right), at the Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2014.
Hilary, (second left), and illustrator Martin Impey (far right), at the Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2014.