Author Profile: SF Said

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Author of Varjak Paw and the Outlaw Varjak Paw and Phoenix, also reviews children’s/YA fiction for The Guardian.

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SF Said is an award-winning author. He was born in Lebanon in 1967, but has lived in London since he was 2 years old. He wrote his first novel, Varjak Paw (2003), while working as a speechwriter for the Crown Prince of Jordan, and then as an arts journalist and film programmer.

CPP - SF Said Varjak Paw won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize for Children’s Literature, as well as regional book of the year awards in Gateshead, Stockton and West Sussex. It has since been adapted as a stage play and an opera, and a film version is in development. It has been translated into 12 languages, and UK sales are now over 275,000.
The sequel, The Outlaw Varjak Paw (2005), won the BBC’s Blue Peter Book Of The Year, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal, and won the Leicester Teenage Book Of The Year. Varjak Paw is currently featured on the CLPE’s recommended reading list for primary schools, and both books are being taught in classrooms around the UK. CBP - The Outlaw Varjak Paw
CBP - Phoenix SF’s third novel, PHOENIX (2013), is an epic space adventure for readers of 9 and up. It was shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award; and nominated for both the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal. Like the Varjak Paw books, it is illustrated by Dave McKean, and published by David Fickling Books.

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SF Said is also active in the wider world of literature. He has judged the Whitbread Book Awards (now the Costa Book Awards), and writes widely about children’s and young adult fiction. His work has been published in both the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph.

 

Books (Corgi) – all illustrated by Dave McKean

CPP - SF Said 2003 Varjak Paw 9780552572293 £6.99
Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue kitten. He lives high up in an old house on a hill. He’s never left home, but then his grandfather tells him about the Way – a secret martial art for cats.
Now Varjak must use the Way to survive in a city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs and, strangest of all the mysterious Vanishings.
CBP - The Outlaw Varjak Paw 2005 The Outlaw Varjak Paw 9780552572309 £6.99
Having saved the city cats from a fate worse than death, Varjak Paw finds himself the elected and popular leader of a new gang – a gang that supports freedom and kindness for all. But will the pressure take its toll on this brave yet sometimes naive cat?
Soon the city erupts in an all-out gang war as the evil Sally Bones attempts to control the lives of all cats. Horrified and outnumbered, Varjak and the others must fight for their freedom or die trying; can Jalal’s Way really be the best way?
This is another thrilling adventure, eagerly awaited by all Varjak fans, both young and old.
CBP - Phoenix 2013 Phoenix 9780552571340 £6.99
A BOY WITH THE POWER OF A STAR . . .
Lucky thinks he’s an ordinary Human boy. But one night, he dreams that the stars are singing to him, and wakes to find an uncontrollable power rising inside him.
Now he’s on the run, racing through space, searching for answers. In a galaxy at war, where Humans and Aliens are deadly enemies, the only people who can help him are an Alien starship crew – and an Alien warrior girl, with neon needles in her hair . . .

 

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