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In London? What is a boy to do?

In London? What is a boy to do?

What does a first week in London look like? THIS!

One EARLY flight on Sunday got me to Marylebone and the street fair… for lobster rolls, a fun fair, some pink gin and getting to see Nicola from Harpercollins.


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… followed VERY quickly by my first day at Scholastic:

Day one included mastering Barclay Bikes and realising that London is HUGE. Plus working at Scholastic… means Hunger Games swag!

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What happened next was EPIC. I mean, seriously… EPIC. After a crazy day in the office I snuck into a secret screening of The Fault In Our Stars, in a private cinema beneath a fancy hotel, to meet some of the cast, as well as Dan and Phil.




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Oh! And I did a little wandering on the way to the screening… and found this:

Wednesday started with some hipster coffee (it was a late night) and a lunch meeting at Byron in SoHo for some tasty, tasty burgers!

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I found Mornington Crescent too (HUZZAH!), just not sure I could do it on my own… the Citimapper App has become my BEST friend.

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And everyone in the Scholastic editorial team got busy:

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Thursday evening was my first Waterstones event (got to meet some awesome folks - including James Dawson, Kim Curran, Jim, Gemma, Belinda and MORE … but I have missed a name or three)



Friday started with a dino war in Scholastic towers… and now I’m on the hunt for desk dino of my own to be part of the team!

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… then came the weekend. TIME TO EXPLORE!

Made it to the British Library for the Comics Unmasked (more on that later) and then onto Gosh Comics, stroll through Chinatown, Hamleys and generally messing about (including another trip to Byron for a burger before catching X-Men: Days of Future Past again… because it’s THAT good.)

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Phew. Onto week two!

Avengers 2 #FirstPic

Avengers 2 #FirstPic

Wishing your first day of work looked like this?



Yeah. Me too.

Does gender matter? #Editorial

Does gender matter? #Editorial

Just catching up on Jonathan Emmett’s Times / Daily Mail pieces on what boys read - and the gender of editors being to blame. Emmett has been responding to messages on twitter, referring to research that is available on his site Cool not Cute - examining who is reviewing children’s books - and to a New Statesman piece on who buys books.

Literacy in boys/men is important but it’s not just boys who want cool stories - in any media. Emmett’s argument is caught up in a number of strands - I disagree with a lot of them - but I DO like the idea of male reader role models: