‘A NATIONAL VELVET for modern teenagers’
Alex O’Connell, THE TIMES (Book of the Week)
‘THE GLORY is a born winner.’
Amanda Craig, Children’s Reviewer
‘A pony adventure story worthy of the Pullein-Thompson sisters’
HORSE & COUNTRYSIDE MAGAZINE
‘Lauren St John’s horse stories are as good as any of the classics by KM Peyton or Patricia Leitch and this is a marvellous adventure
LOVE READING 4 KIDS
‘Saddle up for an exhilarating ride.’
THE SUNDAY TIMES (Book of the Week)
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Producer Simon Brooks (Love, Rosie) has acquired the film rights to Lauren St John’s acclaimed novel, THE GLORY from Rebecca Watson at Valerie Hoskins Associates. Brooks, whose Canyon Creek Films has offices in London and Hollywood, will produce alongside Joan Singleton (Because of Winn-Dixie), who introduced him to the project.
THE GLORY has already received high praise with both the Times and Sunday Times making it Children’s Book of the Week. The Sunday Times called it ‘An exhilarating ride.’ The Times described Lauren as ‘The New Queen of the Older Horse Novel,’ and THE GLORY as ‘ National Velvet for modern teenagers.’ Top children’s reviewer Amanda Craig said THE GLORY was a ‘Born winner.’
The Obituary Writer, my first adult novel, is out in paperback now. Part thriller, part romance, it is set in London and Cornwall and is about 38-year-old obituary writer Nick Donaghue, whose life is derailed after he is caught up in one of Britain’s worst ever train crashes. For me, at least, it’s a novel about faith, hope and true love.
What a treat. Children’s author St John brings her masterful story-telling to the adult market … Engaging, original and charming.
Gripping and spellbinding, this tale is full of pure joy and complete terror.
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2. Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
3. The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
4. National Velvet by Enid Bagnold
5. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
6. Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton
7. The Tale of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
8. The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett
9. Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
10. Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
11. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I get so many letters asking for tips on writing books and stories that I thought I’d put a link to a piece I did for the Guardian on my top tips. My best advice is simply to keep reading and follow your dreams. Don’t let anyone discourage you. If I’d stopped writing The White Giraffe when the rejection letters came pouring in, I wouldn’t be doing what I love today. http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2012/mar/01/top-writing-tips-lauren-st-john
One of the best parts about being a writer is doing research. For my White Giraffe series, I went to Zimbabwe, the Bazaruto Islands in Mozambique, Cape Town and the deserts of Namibia. For my Laura Marlin mysteries, I went to St Ives in Cornwall, the Caribbean, St Petersburg in Russia and the Kentucky Derby in the US. And for the One Dollar Horse series, I got to go to the Badminton and Burghley Horse Trials. Now I’m writing Apollo Bay, an adult novel set in Victoria, Australia, so naturally I had to go there. It was heaven.