Clive Goddard didn't know he was a writer until Fintan Fedora happened. He thought he was a cartoonist. It was probably all those years spent illustrating 'Horrible' books for Scholastic that gave him this idea.
Fintan Fedora the World's Worst Explorer is his first work of children's fiction, partly inspired by his own love of travel and disastrous experiences. (ie: Being chased by an angry ostrich in Swaziland, having his rucksack soaked by a leaky toilet in The Netherlands, getting heatstroke in Namibia, food poisoning in Thailand, and being robbed in China.)
His book has gone on to win the Stockport Schools Book Award 2012 (Key Stage 2) and the Hounslow Book Award 2012 as well as being runner-up in the inaugural Oldham Brilliant Books Award 2012.
The second in the series, Fintan Fedora Explores Again, takes us to Iceland, Turkey, Russia & China and features an ancient lost village, ruthless gangsters and the odd lump of panda poo. The third installment, Fintan Fedora and the Diamond Mask, sees the entire Fedora family in South Africa facing off with a big game hunter, diamond thieves, and stampeding animals.
Clive lives in Oxford, UK where he has one wife, two nostrils, three cats and approximately four children. His hobbies include traveling, putting marmite on things, sleeping a lot and wrestling woodpeckers. It is also where he draws, writes and practices sleeping for long periods of time. He is yet to win either The Booker or The Pulitzer prize but has a Blue Peter badge for colouring-in.
Fintan Fedora the World’s Worst Explorer
Fintan Fedora Explores Again
Fintan Fedora & the Diamond Mask
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