Reviews and festivals
The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day isn’t published until the 5th April, but I’ve been absolutely thrilled by the reception it’s received from some early readers. Last Saturday, The Times reviewed it as their Children’s Book of the Week with Alex O’Connell writing:
“Wow, I wish Christopher Edge had been my science teacher. The writer, who in timely fashion nods to Stephen Hawking early in this gripping story, has a magical way of distilling difficult concepts for the very young: relativity, gravity, time and space, infinity. It helps, of course, that he weaves these ideas into a high-energy thriller about virtual reality, black holes and strained sibling relationships.”
The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day has also received some wonderful early reviews from book bloggers and booksellers too including Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books, BookWormMum and ReadItDaddy, as well as being selected as an April Book of the Month by Lovereading4Kids.
I’ve also got some exciting events coming up. On Sunday 6th May I’m running a creative writing masterclass at the Shrewsbury Bookfest and the following week on Sunday 13th May, I’ll be appearing at Barnes Children’s Literature Festival where I’ll be talking about The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day.
I’m also proud to be a part of this year’s Hay Festival and will be appearing alongside the ace Robin Ince, stand-up comedian and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage on Monday 28 May at 4.00pm, in an event entitled ‘Science in Stories’ where we’ll be discussing science, creativity and the nature of reality.
And finally, on the evening of Saturday 16th June, I am appearing at the Royal Institution where I’ll be joined by Cosmologist Andrew Pontzen and the scientist and BAFTA-nominated science presenter Fran Scott at an event to illuminate the exciting physics and cosmology that can be found inside The Infinite Lives of Maisie. The Royal Institution are describing this as “the perfect event for science enthusiasts and bookworms alike!” and to say that I’m absolutely thrilled about it would be a bit of an understatement!