382: Signed hardback of Phoenix by SF Said, recently nominated for both the Carnegie and the Greenaway

ITEM: Signed and dedicated first edition hardback PHOENIX BY SF SAID, amazingly illustrated by David McKean. This book has just been nominated for both the Greenaway and the Carnegie and will be signed by both SF Said and David McKean, something they’ve hardly ever done before.

Illustrations by David McKean in Phoenix by SF Said

DETAILS: Lucky thinks he’s an ordinary Human boy. But one night, he dreams that the stars are singing – 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.

Together, they must find a way to save the galaxy. For Lucky is not the only one in danger. His destiny and the fate of the universe are connected in the most explosive way…

BIO: SF Said is an award-winning author based in London. His first book, Varjak Paw, won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize for Children’s Literature; the sequel, The Outlaw Varjak Paw, won the BBC’s Blue Peter Book Of The Year. His third book, Phoenix, has just been nominated for both the Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal. http://www.sfsaid.com


About Candy Gourlay

Candy Gourlay is a Filipino author living in London. She was a journalist writing about dictators in the Third World before she took up a full time position battling dictators of the nappy-clad variety. She inadvertently became a web designer while avoiding doing the dishes. She takes procrastination to new levels by blogging, drawing and making YouTube videos for fun. Her debut novel Tall Story was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for eleven children’s book prizes including the Blue Peter prize. It won the Crystal Kite Children’s Book Prize for Europe. Her latest book is called Shine. www.candygourlay.com


  1. It’s so brilliant to see these bids! Any advance on £35? Today’s the last day I think… and it couldn’t be for a better cause!

  2. Also, I should say that Dave McKean will also be signing this copy of Phoenix, making it an ultra-rare double-signed copy – we’ve only ever done that once before, at ComicCon!

  3. Catherine

    …in that case £37

  4. Catherine

    Right, needs must, I’m away to collect children from cubs, guides and brownies so will unfortunately miss the final furious bidding minutes so shall make my final £40 offering in case there was a £38/39 bid lurking!!

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