Shabby: The Jolly Good British to Stress-free Living

Shabby – because there is no word for Hygge in English.

We all know Shabby when we see it. It’s that welcoming pair of pants drying on the radiator. That half-mouldy, but perfectly gin-and-tonic-worthy lemon on display in the fruit bowl. That tin of plum tomatoes in the cupboard with a sell-by date of 1983. It’s never dusting higher than your tallest friend’s line of sight.

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But Shabby is more than just an attitude; it’s a quintessentially British way of life, tried and tested for generations, and founded on the Four Central Pillars of Shabbism, Messiness, Dilapidation, Clutter and Bodged Works.

Being Shabby is about spending less time fussing and clearing up and getting stressed out about stuff that doesn’t really matter anyway. And more time hanging out with your family and friends. It’s a celebration of a life that is neither tidy nor empty, but rather one that is splendidly cluttered and full.

Shabby – because life’s just too bloody short to waste time striving for perfection, or caring too much about what other people think about you and yours. Instead of worrying about what could be, it’s time to start celebrating what actually is.

You can order your copy of Shabby here.

 

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All the best trilogies come in fours…

We’ve just launched Parody Central. Please do go check it out – for all your parody needs!

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And you can also find out more about Twas the Fight Before Christmas, our latest parody for this Christmas…

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Beach Hut Writing Academy Conference

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Really looking forward to this on March 12th.

It’s a full-day conference for new & experienced writers, run by the Beach Hut Writing Academy Conference and taking place in the gorgeous Brighton sea front Angel House.

There’ll be plenty going on, including workshops and lunch with bestselling authors, screenwriters, agents and editors, all sharing their insider secrets.

The conference is currently SOLD OUT, but you can join the waiting list for last minute tickets here.

Hope to see you there.

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Happy Christmas, Folks!

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Guess Who’s In Need of a Digital Detox?

From Monday September 25th, I will be digitally detoxing, meaning I’ll be offline through until the publication of Switch It Off! – our paper smartphone, that’s actually an activity book shaped like a phone.

Maybe it’s something you might like to try yourself.

You can check out what the book’s about here.

Or you can visit Swoffler.com, the online community for offline activities & fun, which  has plenty of crafts, adventures, games, gifts & fun to help you hang out more with your family & friends.

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Near Hertford? We’re at Hertford Kids’ Fest on Sunday 4th Oct.

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Looking forward to appearing at the brilliant Hertford Children’s Book Festival for our event there on Sunday 4th October – where we’ll be discussing all things Bar HuntHungover Caterpillar & signing copies of our new book, Switch It Off! – “the activity book shaped like a phone”. Get your tickets here.

Hope to see some of you there. Other events on that Sunday include Holly Smale of Geek Girl fame and real actors from the real Paddington film.

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Cover reveal: The Teenager Who Came to Tea.

In the wake of We’re Going on a Bar Hunt and The Very Hungover Caterpillar, we’ve written The Teenager Who Came to Tea, once again illustrated by the brilliant Gillian Johnson.

Here’s a sneak peek of the cover:

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And here’s what our lovely publishers, Little, Brown, have to say:

But the teenager didn’t take just one Pringle. He took a selfie of himself pouring a whole tube of them into his mouth, before sending it to his best mate, along with the letters LOL!

The bestselling authors of We’re Going on a Bar Hunt and The Very Hungover Caterpillar bring you another hilarious parody of a much-loved children’s book, this time turning the spotlight not only on modern teens, but firmly on their parents too.

When the doorbell rings, just as Sophie and her Dad are sitting down for their tea, they’re half-expecting a visit from a tiger, but what slouches in through their doorway is even more curious than that… a teenager.

A perfect read for anyone who remembers the original, or has ever been a teenager or is the parent of a teenager today.

Out on November 5th. Preorder here.

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