All About Andrew Lane
Andrew has wanted to be an author for as long as he can remember. He started by making up stories to get his younger brother off to sleep, and moved on to watching films with his parents on TV on a Saturday night and then filling jotters with scrawled stories that continued the films on, or used them as springboards for something else. The first two books that Andrew bought with his own pocket money – at a jumble sale in East London, where he was bought up – were ‘A Study in Scarlet’ by Arthur Conan Doyle and an American pulp science fiction novel, and that set him on a direct course to where he is now: concurrently writing a trilogy of science fiction novels, working on Doctor Who audio scripts and writing a series of YA books about Sherlock Holmes’s early years (the Young Sherlock Holmes books). Oh, and he also has a trilogy of historical adventure novels currently coming out in the USA under the series title Crusoe.
Andrew’s School Visits
Andrew’s school visits can be tailored to suit circumstances, but usually he will do one of two things:
– an illustrated 45-minute talk on how the character of Sherlock Holmes was created and has been used in novels, short stories, TV, films, comics, graphic novels and computer games for the past 130 years (the intention being to get kids interested in the idea of what makes a character interesting to read about and to give them some tools they can use to create their own characters);
– an illustrated 45-minute talk on how he does his research and how he plot his books, using his Young Sherlock Holmes and Lost Worlds books as examples (the intention being to introduce the idea of planning, using mind-maps and other tools). Given the subject matter of the Lost Worlds books, Andrew uses illustrations of dinosaurs, Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster amongst other things – they go down well with kids.
Andrew prefers to work with KS2 and KS3, in groups ranging from class-size up to year-group assemblies.
Young Sherlock: Death Cloud
The year is 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. His life is that of a perfectly ordinary army officer’s son: boarding school, good manners, a classical education – the backbone of the British Empire. But all that is about to change. With his father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously ‘unwell’, Sherlock is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire. So begins a summer that leads Sherlock to uncover his first murder, a kidnap, corruption and a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent . . . The Death Cloud is the first in a series of novels in which the iconic detective is reimagined as a brilliant, troubled and engaging teenager – creating unputdownable detective adventures that remain true to the spirit of the original books.
Young Sherlock: Red Leech
Sherlock knows that Amyus Crow, his mysterious American tutor, has some dark secrets. But he didn’t expect to find a notorious killer, hanged by the US government, apparently alive and well in Surrey – and Crow somehow mixed up in it. When no one will tell you the truth, sometimes you have to risk all to discover it for yourself. And so begins an adventure that will take Sherlock across the ocean to America, to the centre of a deadly web – where life and death are cheap, and truth has a price no sane person would pay …
Young Sherlock: Black Ice
The year is 1868, and fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes faces his most baffling mystery yet. Mycroft, his older brother, has been found with a knife in his hand, locked in a room with a corpse. Only Sherlock believes that his brother is innocent. But can he prove it? In a chase that will take him to Moscow and back, Sherlock must discover who has framed Mycroft and why …before Mycroft swings at the gallows. Young Sherlock Holmes is a series of novels in which the iconic detective is reimagined as a brilliant, troubled and engaging teenager – creating unputdownable detective adventures that remain true to the spirit of the original books.
Young Sherlock: Fire Storm
More from the most brilliant detecting mind in fiction – before he was famous! Young Sherlock Holmes is back…Sherlock’s most baffling mystery yet; his deadliest mission to date! Young Sherlock Holmes is a series of novels in which the iconic detective is reimagined as a brilliant, troubled and engaging teenager – creating unputdownable detective adventures that remain true to the spirit of the original books.
Young Sherlock: Snake Bite
Sherlock has been kidnapped! Now he’s on a ship bound for China . . . At the port of Shanghai, Sherlock finds a mystery awaiting him. How can three men be bitten by the same poisonous snake in different parts of town? What exactly is the rat-like creature that is following him? Can he decode the message that’s hidden in a diagram like a spider’s web? And what has all of this got to do with a plot to blow up an American warship? To solve the mystery, Sherlock must brave terrors greater than any he has faced before . . .
Young Sherlock: Knife Edge
Something sinister is afoot in the house in the west of Ireland in which Sherlock is staying. There are frightened whisperings among the servants and the house’s owners are clearly scared. But who – or what? – has terrified them so much that nobody will speak out? Young Sherlock must bring all his powers of deduction to unravelling his greatest mystery yet. Another fast-paced, brilliantly plotted adventure as teenage Sherlock investigates a new crime and comes up against a fresh crop of sinister, clever criminals.
Young Sherlock: Stone Cold
Following his last thrilling adventure Sherlock Holmes has been sent to live in Oxford to focus on his education. But something strange is happening in the university pathology labs. Body parts are being stolen from corpses and are being posted one by one to an address in London. What can these sinister goings-on mean, and what message is someone trying to send? In an attempt to find out, Sherlock follows the trail to a very sinister house deep in the countryside. Can he get to the bottom of another baffling mystery? Sherlock Holmes: think you know him? Think again.
Young Sherlock: Night Break
Sherlock’s mother has died, his father has disappeared in India and his sister is acting strangely. The Holmes family seems to be falling apart, and not even brother Mycroft can keep it together. But while Sherlock is worrying about all of this, a man living nearby vanishes in his own house while Sherlock and Mycroft are visiting. Where did he go, and what is the connection with a massive canal being built in Egypt? The answer will rock the world, and tear the Holmes family apart! Another fast-paced, brilliantly plotted adventure in Andrew Lane’s Young Sherlock series as the teenage Sherlock Holmes investigates a new crime and comes up against a fresh crop of sinister, clever crooks.
Dawn of the Spies
Rescued from a deserted Caribbean island, 17-year-old Robinson Crusoe and his female friend, Friday, find themselves in late 1600s London, a bustling city that proves as treacherous for them to navigate as the remote island they just left behind. Thanks to their honed survival skills, Crusoe and Friday are recruited by a young writer named Daniel Defoe to work as agents for Segment W, a covert spy group that reports directly to the Crown.
Crusoe, Friday, and Defoe must rescue the Countess of Lichfield from a kidnapping plot. They discover that a mystical and mysterious organization known as the Circle of Thirteen is plotting to destroy Segment W and change the course of history through a royal kidnapping.
Calum Challenger is a boy with a mission: to track down supposedly mythological creatures and capture their DNA. But while Calum and his friends want to save these beings, an aggressive pharmaceutical company wants to wipe them out.
In this fast-paced, high-tech story, Calum and a group of misfit mates – a computer hacker, a freerunner, an ex-marine and a girl with a very big chip on her shoulder – criss-cross the globe, desperately trying to stay one step ahead of their enemy.
Lost Worlds 2: Shadow Creatures
Calum Challenger is desperate to find a creature not yet discovered by anyone else. He is sure that its DNA will unlock a cure to his paralysis.
But a sinister corporation called Nemor is desperate for rare DNA too. They want to make millions from it . . . and will stop at nothing to get there first.
As Calum guides a group of friends in a thrilling search for a shadowy creature, it looks as if he has the upper hand. But then a spate of brutal kidnappings puts everything at risk. With Calum held hostage in New Mexico and computer-hacker Tara locked up in London, who can warn the rest of his group – ex-SAS soldier Rhino, free-runner Gecko and Natlalie, the spoilt daughter of Calum’s guardian -that they are hurtling headlong into the jaws of death?
Recommendations & Reviews
“Lane’s writing is detailed, with scenes of exquisite terror… This is a world of shadowy conspiracies and sinister groups who have agents everywhere… nothing is what it seems. A hugely enjoyable treat for budding gumshoes.” (Daily Telegraph)
“The dramatic, violent ending leaves enough narrative strings dangling that readers over the age of 12 who enjoy detective fiction will grab for the sequel next fall.” (Wall Street Journal)
“…gripping… fast-moving adventure that will not disappoint fans.” (Carousel)
“Conan Doyle knew how to tell a rattling good adventure yarn and without a doubt so does Andrew Lane. He writes fluidly, introducing his characters with style and humour, never labouring a scene or wasting words; admirable qualities for any author, but in some ways, even more necessary for someone writing for a younger audience.” (Crime Review)
“Fabulously written, a perfect homage to Conan Doyle and a great introduction to Holmes for younger readers.” (NetGalley Librarian)
“Full of knotty puzzles and gothic macabreness, and endorsed by the Doyle estate, Stone Cold is fast-paced fun.” (FT.com)
“This rewarding mystery/adventure novel has it all: great characters, a fearsome villain, a generous ration of suspense and hints of romance… Fans of the previous books will devour it; new readers to the series will have no problem diving in.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Lane has a talent for gross and grotesque villains…” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Action-packed and detail-oriented.” (Los Angeles Times)
“Remarkable.” (The New York Times Book Review)
“A true page-turner.” (Scripps Howard News Service)
“Will keep readers turning pages.” (School Library Journal, starred review)
“A Sherlock Holmes riot. It’s gripping, thrilling, horrifying and downright awesome.” (National Post (Canada) on Death Cloud)
“Lane does a terrific job . . . A solid mix of adventure and character.” (Booklist)
To Make a Booking
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