4th Mar '14



Over on that-there-Twitter, we are running a highly exclusive Fire & Flood signed copy giveaway. We have three UK editions signed by the author, Victoria Scott, and have decided to put you through a test to rival the Brimstone Bleed itself in order to nab one. Here's what you have to do ...

Firstly, make sure you are following us on Twitter: @Chickenhsebooks and then follow these three steps:

1) Design your own Pandora (magical animal companion imbued with a special magical power). Draw or collage or photoshop your Pandora.

2) Change your Twitter avatar to your Pandora this Friday 7th March and tweet to tell us what its special power is. Use #FFPandora and @chickenhsebooks so we can find you.

3) Author @VictoriaScottYA will help pick the best three and we will send the three lucky winners a signed copy each.

As an example I have displayed a picture of my very own attempt at sketching my Pandora and here is the example Tweet:

"My Pandora is 'Chippa' and she spits rotting food from her cheek pouches to ward off enemies

The giveaway is open to entrants from the UK and Ireland only.

Best of luck!

18th Jul '13

Subject The Chicken House Little Breakfast London

ByFiona Bradbury

On the sunny, scorching morning of the 18th July, we hosted one of our inimitable Little Breakfast events at the Modern Pantry in London, featuring some of our most exciting authors.

At the party were authors Lucy Christopher (STOLEN, THE KILLING WOODS), Cathryn Constable (THE WOLF PRINCESS), Sandra Greaves (THE SKULL IN THE WOOD), Sam Hepburn (CHASING THE DARK) and Dan Smith (MY FRIEND THE ENEMY), along with many other wonderful ‘book people’ – from booksellers to literary agents to book bloggers!

As we all helped ourselves to ample cups of tea, yummy croissants and fresh orange juice, Barry Cunningham introduced each author to the room. Lucy Christopher, Sandra Greaves, Sam Hepburn and Dan Smith all took to the stage and read from their newest releases. We cowered at images of cackling birds in THE SKULL IN THE WOOD, a boy’s bravery in MY FRIEND THE ENEMY and CHASING THE DARK – along with the truly unsettling opening of THE KILLING WOODS!

After the readings, the authors signed copies of their books and enjoyed brunch with the guests. A very merry time was had by all!

If you would like to know more about our Little Breakfast events, please contact tina@doublecluck.com.

8th Jul '13



Author of THE EXTINCTS, Veronica Cossanteli, spent the weekend searching for her escaped snake Mortifer. Unfortunately, she didn't find him. But she did come across this little chap - who has decided to make her head his home.

10th Oct '12


ByCathryn Constable

My Writing Day

I have three children and, during term time, I get up at 6.57am. I have a weird thing with always setting the alarm on an ‘odd’ minute and never on the hour.

The big ones will get themselves sorted but my youngest needs a bit more of a heave and a ho and my husband probably needs the biggest heave-ho of them all. At the moment, they are out of the house just before 8am.

What I like to do then is make a cup of Earl Grey, get dressed and put some lippy on, even though I’m hopeful I won’t leave the house. I’ll then get a large cup of instant coffee (Blend 37) and get to my desk.

I love my desk. I love being in my study. I love my pinboard. I love being in this room.

I don’t need any warm up rituals or to think myself into anything. I just open the file of whatever it is I’m working on and read it over from the beginning of that chapter and just ‘go’. I will have got a pretty clear idea in my head of what I’m wanting to write that day and where I need to get to. I know some writers say they don’t know what’s going to happen from one page to the next and I can see that it might help to feel a little loose and to be aware that you can be surprised. But if I didn’t have some idea of where I was going with a story it would be a disaster. I just find it hard to understand how you can know where to put the emphasis in your writing if you’re not pretty clear of the overall narrative arc.  However, there is always going to be a tension between what you know and what you don’t yet know and it is wonderful when a story surprises you. I feel as if I learned so much from writing The Wolf Princess, not the least, what works for me and what I’m really interested in. I try to keep myself intrigued and excited... I have a quote on my pinboard (argh! No idea where I found it... but it’s wonderful...) ‘Admire the world for never ending on you as you would admire an opponent, without taking your eyes off him, or walking away.’  So I try to write with that level of attention.

During term time, with the exception of all the usual domestic faff, I keep at my desk. The time goes very quickly. Of course, there are days when I have to go out, but I do feel increasingly agitated if I spend time away from my desk. I think is because I feel as if I have very little time to write: I’ve never been particularly good at working when the children are around (i.e. during the holidays, of which there seem to be so many).  I was trying to explain this the other night to someone and they thought I was being extremely pretentious. ‘Oh we’d all love perfect work conditions, yadda yadda’. He completely missed the point. I can write pretty much anywhere and ideas come all the time (in truth, you don’t really ever switch off). But... I just think that you want to be able to start writing without fear of interruption... It’s not that I can’t write when there are other people in the house, but I write with a different sort of attention when I’m on my own.

Around 3pm I will scoot downstairs and see what I need for supper... if I need something,  I’ll dive out and get something... if all is well, I’ll go back upstairs and keep going until the first key in the door at around 4.30pm.

Then, I really do try and give my time to the children. We’ll have supper, I’ll watch something with them, they’ll start their homework. My husband Charles gets back around 8pm. We do love the telly in our house and the loveliest evenings are when we light a fire and watch some sort of drama. I’m trying to get to bed at a reasonable time so I can read.  It doesn’t always work...

The Wolf Princess is out now in paperback, eBook and as a special limited edition hardback.

30th Aug '12

Subject eBooks, PBooks? We ❤ ALL books!


Whilst the digital debate rumbles on as surely as the number 9 Routemaster down Aldwych, we’ve been busy getting all the great eBooks we have to offer up on the Chicken House website.

You will find a number of great teen titles up there already including:

Cornelia Funke’s:





Rachel Ward’s:


Numbers 2: The Chaos

Numbers 3: Infinity

James Dashner’s:

The Maze Runner

The Scorch Trials

The Death Cure

Roderick Gordon & Brian William’s:





And we’ve got more to come soon!

Whilst we crack on with delivering great books across all formats, we’d love to know what you think.

Does the rise of the eBook fill you with dread? Are you a book ‘sniffer’? Do love to curl up with a paperback on the sofa, but love the convenience of a digital reader on the train? Would you buy digital and physical copies of the same book, so you can still show off your shelf-candy? Get in touch via twitter @chickenhousebooks (#Digital), or email us Chickenhouse@doublecluck.com

Oh, and if you love a great debate check out BBC Radio 4’s Front Row Special on the subject.

Happy reading (whatever your format of choice)!

15th Jun '12

Subject 'LIKE THIS ... BUT NOT THIS ...'


Write THAT!

This Mitchell and Webb sketch has long been a favourite in the Chicken House office.

Today, we would like to dedicate it to all authors who have valiantly negotiated their way through the editing process.

We salute you!


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