A Kidnapping: Radio4 Drama

‘A Kidnapping’ is a three-part radio play for BBC Radio 4 and enjoyed both critical success and a certain amount of controversy after its recent broadcast. Set in the Philippines, it tells the story of two foolish teachers who realise they have the most extraordinary opportunity. They work at Manila’s top international school, and have open access to the children of the rich and famous. Would it be possible to kidnap a child, and make instant-millions? So quick, so easy, so harmless… The ransom would be paid in cash – fast – and the teachers would be out of the country at the end of their contract. The child would be safe, and they’d be millionaires.

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Andy is currently working on a two-book deal for David Fickling Books. The first is almost complete, and could be described as an elaborate, serious, semi-political farce-thriller. Its working title is “Work Experience,” and the premise is simple: how much mayhem can a group of children cause in their various W.E. placements?

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Carnegie Shortlisting!

The short-list for the CLIP Carnegie Prize was announced on March 27th – and ‘Trash’ was on it, one of eight children’s books. Alas, Andy was pipped to the post. ‘It was an honour, nonetheless,’ says Andy. ‘The CLIP Carnegie is serious, and to have made it to the final eight is a prize in itself, especially as the judges are principally specialist librarians, immersed in children’s literature...

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Winner of Guardian children's fiction prize 2011

The shortlist was made public on October 1st 2011, and Andy was awarded the prize on November 11th 2011 at the Guardian's head office in London.

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