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Philip Reeve

Philip Reeve (born 1966 in Brighton) is a British author and illustrator. He presently lives on Dartmoor with his wife Sarah and their son Samuel.


Reeve studied illustration, first at Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology (CCAT - now Anglia Ruskin University), where he contributed a comic strip to the Student Union magazine, and later at Brighton Polytechnic (now the University of Brighton). Before becoming a professional illustrator he worked at a bookshop in Brighton for several years. During his student years and for a few years afterwards he wrote for and performed in comedy sketch shows with a variety of collaborators under various group names, among them The Charles Atlas Sisters.

He provided cartoons for many books including those in the Horrible Histories and the Murderous Maths series and wrote the Buster Bayliss series series of books for young readers, which currently includes Night of the Living Veg, The Big Freeze, Day of the Hamster, and Custardfinger.

His first book for older readers was Mortal Engines which won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Gold Award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Book Award. Mortal Engines is the first book in the Mortal Engines Quartet series, which also includes Reeve's Predator's Gold, Infernal Devices and A Darkling Plain. The books are about the lives of two young adventurers, Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw, who live in a lawless post-apocalyptic world inhabited by moving cities.

He is also the author of a Dead Famous book, Horatio Nelson and His Victory.

The first novel of his steampunk series set in outer space, Larklight, is due to become a film directed by Indian director Shekhar Kapur. Reeve himself professes that, when planning out stories for his novels, "I see it as a film that I run in my head, and I just keep running alternative versions of it until I come up with a cut I like."[1]

His 2007 novel, Here Lies Arthur, an alternative version of the Arthurian legend, was awarded the Carnegie Medal. He has also written No Such Thing As Dragons in 2009. He has a Blog at


Buster Bayliss seriesEdit

  • Night of the Living Veg (2002)
  • The Big Freeze (2002)
  • Day of the Hamster (2002)
  • Custardfinger! (2003)

Mortal Engines QuartetEdit

(Known as the Hungry City Chronicles in the U.S.)

Prequel seriesEdit

Goblins series Edit

  • Goblins (2012)
  • Goblins vs Dwarves (2013)
  • Goblin Quest (2014)

Larklight trilogyEdit

  • Larklight (2006)
  • Starcross (2007)
  • Mothstorm (2008)

Other novelsEdit

Books as illustratorEdit

  • Pantsacadabra! (2006) (with Kjartan Poskitt)
  • Urgum the Axeman (2006) (with Kjartan Poskitt)
  • Murderous Maths (series)
  • No Such Thing As Dragons (self)


  1. Winner of the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (Mortal Engines)
  2. Short-listed for the Whitbread Book Award (Mortal Engines)
  3. Winner of the The Carnegie Medal (Here Lies Arthur)
  4. Winner of the Guardian Award (A Darkling Plain)
  5. Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction (A Darkling Plain)


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