Quirky and original – the buzzwords for Curious Fox’s 2014 acquisitions




Press Release – Wednesday 24th July 2013

Quirky and original – the buzzwords for

Curious Fox’s 2014 acquisitions

Oxford, UK: Curious Fox has acquired a number of novels for its 2014 list exploring topics as diverse as time-travelling in medieval England, a transgender teenager, and the diary of a downtrodden, ferret-loving metalhead.

The new raft of acquisition, led by Publisher Catherine Clarke, will build on Curious Fox’s successful launch year which saw retailer promotions with WHSmiths, Foyles and Amazon and marketing partnerships with Westfield shopping centre, the Reading Agency, Bliss magazine and a national library tour.

Catherine Clarke comments “I’m so excited about our new acquisitions, we’ve had a hugely positive reaction to our launch list and, going in to our second year, we’ve honed our focus further to ensure we are publishing stand-out, unique and often quirky books for young people.

Our 2014 list offers something for every one – I only have to look at the titles to see the range we are offering young readers: Half my Facebook Friends are Ferrets, The Serpent House, Alex As Well – what an offering!”

The 2014 books come from a mix of established and debut authors.

The Serpent House is a historical fantasy novel that weaves between a Victorian manor and Medieval leper hospital, through a time-travelling 12-year-old girl who must retrieve a book of medical cures from a sinister doctor and his fearsome serpents. Written by ex-BBC journalist Bea Davenport, The Serpent House was shortlisted for the 2010 Times/Chicken House award and described by the judges as ‘very powerful”.

Alex As Well is a challenging YA novel about a transgender teenager desperately seeking her identity and place in the world. Written by established author Alyssa Brugman, the novel has already published in her native Australia to critical acclaim: ‘Brutally honest and at times sad, happy, funny, perceptive, human and compulsive. You will not forget this novel in a hurry’ and ‘Brugman is to be congratulated on the tender care and leavening humour she has brought to an important and potentially confronting subject.’ The deal was done with Curious Fox by agent Jane Finigan from Lutyens & Rubinstein. Alex As Well is set for UK publication in May 2014.

On the other end of the spectrum, J.A. Buckle’s Half My Facebook Friends are Ferrets is a hilarious diary novel following Josh, a wannabe metalhead, as he navigates the trials of teenage life and tries, with mixed results, to tick milestones off his list before his sixteenth birthday. Roars of laughter reverberated around Curious Fox’s Oxford office when this manuscript was received; Josh’s brutal honesty, crazy ambitions and his questionable language make this a stand-out novel for publication in Spring 2014.

Also coming from Curious Fox in 2014 are sequels to two successful launches this year: The Ruby Airship will build on the popularity of Sharon Gosling’s first steampunk adventure, The Diamond Thief. For older readers, Stewart Ross takes us back to the dark world of warring teenagers created in The Soterion Mission, with his sequel, The Revenge of the Zeds.

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For more information please contact Georgia Lawe on

georgialawe@gmail.com, 0778 052 3038 or @georgialawepr

About Curious Fox:

Curious Fox is a new children’s fiction imprint launched in 2013 in both print and e-book format. Inspired by the curious nature of the fox, the imprint is designed to spark the curiosity of young readers

www.curious-fox.com / www.facebook.com/curiousfoxbooks /@curiousfoxbooks

About the new acquisitions:

The Serpent House by Bea Davenport / www.beadavenport.com  / @berwickbabs

Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman / http://alyssabrugman.blogspot.com.au

Half My Facebook Friends are Ferrets by J. A. Buckle / www.facebook-ferrets.com

Books, Shopping, Cupcakes and Smiles

You know one of the nicest parts of my job? When I get to tell someone they have won a competition.  This time it was extra special because it was quite some prize.  Along with Foyles we ran a Diary of a Mall Girl competition in Bliss Magazine, with the winners getting a £150 shopping spree, a manicure, a blow dry and a book picnic party with Luisa Plaja! Not bad huh?

So on Saturday we greeted three very excited and lovely girls, Anna (the winner), Chloe and Lydia (her friends), and Anna’s mum Mirella, and began their whirlwind day at Westfield.

First, off to get their nails done:

Looking good!

Then a quick walk across the mall for a blow dry and style:

Looking glamorous and chatting to Luisa Plaja about Diary of a Mall Girl, teen fiction and writing:

Getting their copies of Diary of a Mall Girl signed:

Then, appetites built by lots of walking and learning about the life of an author, it was time for cupcake decorating!

And there the day ended for us, with smiles and sugar! But for the girls it was time to go and shop till they dropped!






What a great day it was, a big thank you to Anna, Chloe, Lydia and Mirella for being so much fun, to Luisa for being a star again, Foyles, Bliss and Westfield and to the rest of the CF team for making it all happen.

Can we do it again this weekend please?

The Fox