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

Growing up in the Philippines, Candy Gourlay wondered why all the books she'd ever loved didn't resemble her steamy, tropical home in Manila. As a result, it took her years to fulfil her dream of becoming an author – and years to learn that Filipino stories, too, belong in the pages of books. Her latest novel is BONE TALK, set in 1899 and told from the point of view of a boy from a headhunting village during the US invasion of the Philippines. She has just published her first picture book, IS IT A MERMAID – about a dugong who thinks she's a mermaid. Candy's other novels, TALL STORY and SHINE, have been listed for many prizes in the United Kingdom such as the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. Both novels won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and Tall Story was awarded the National Children's Book Award in the Philippines.


  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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