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Welcome to my website! I began writing books in 1983 and in a career spanning 35 years I have had more than 100 published, by Oxford University Press, Kingfisher, Walker Books, Franklin Watts, Dorling Kindersley and others.

Most of them are illustrated information books for children, but I have also written children’s stories, and several books for adults. Some have won prizes: Pirate Diary (Walker Books) won a Smarties silver prize, and a Blue Peter award. Three other books reached the Royal Society science prize shortlist.

I didn't just write books: I wrote restaurant reviews, corporate reports, TV scripts and museum interpretation, and I have appeared on TV and radio.

I have retired now, and live with my wonderful wife Mary in Hastings, a coastal town in England's southeast corner.

Fiction underpinned by facts in a rip-roaring yarn by Richard Platt

Sunday Times on Castle Diary





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