School visits are starting again! My October bookings include Wolverhampton Girls’ High School and Tettenhall College. Please see the page ‘School Visits’ here. You can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like me to visit your school.
My new novel ‘Out of Nowhere’ has been bought by my Dutch publisher Kokboekencentrum, where it is known as Tweestrijd (Conflicted), and my Italian publisher Feltrinelli. Here are some reviews:
The story is captivating, adventurous and thrilling… Until the last pages you can cut the tension with a knife. Hetboekenrijk
For boys and girls 12+, who love exciting adventure stories about WWII. Christelijkinderboeken
With Tweestrijd , Paul Dowswell has once again created a very exciting Young Adult novel. Four characters each have their own storyline. They don’t know about each other, but every decision or action they take has consequences for others. This coherent storyline is really well put together, woven into an excellent plot. Paul Dowswell has a very pleasant and visual writing style… (and) writes with a lot of knowledge. This book is also recommended for adults. It often grabs you by the throat and does something to you. Perfecteburen
I think Paul is one of the best writers of historical fiction for young people… The pacing of the book as it cuts between locations and personalities is superb. The main characters are living, breathing, flawed human beings whose fate I cared about. There’s a lot packed into the book and Paul’s research must have been copious but it never flattens the storytelling. It’s a mystery to me why this book hasn’t found a British publisher and I’d like to think that out there somewhere is one who will change that. Jane Sandell, Pictures and Conversation
Reviews from the Blogs:
The Great Revolt has everything a historical novel needs… The author captures the past with an engaging narrative and gives us an exquisite and enthralling story. The reader is swept up in the characters, places and story. A fantastic read for older children and adults alike. Anna Tomlinson An Awfully Big Adventure
As a teacher I am always on the hunt for books that will excite and engage my class. I did thoroughly enjoy this book and raced through it in 2 days. I would highly recommend it for those who like action and history as well as strong protagonists! Lauren The Bookish Fairy
This would be a great recommendation for any young reader interested in history and would be a brilliant starting point for anyone studying the period of history in question. Christina Reid Chikaru Reads
The Great Revolt made my reenactor and history buff heart all happy inside. I’d say if you are into history, into sweeping tales and wonderfully interesting books this is one for you. Moon Kestrel Moon Dreams
Popping round the country this March with school visits to Reading, Southend on Sea, Abingdon, Kent, East Sussex and Shropshire, for book talks and writing workshops. Please see the ‘School visits’ page of this website if you would like me to visit your school.
Off to Northern Italy for eight days in early November to mark the 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and talk about my Cold War novel ‘Sektion 20’ – or ‘Il Ragazza di Berlino’ as it’s known in Italy. Here I am with the lovely people who worked with me at Turin’s Literature Festival in 2018.