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Neale Osborne

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Neale Osborne was born in July 1970.

His debut children’s novel 'Lydia’s Tin Lid Drum' was published by Oxford University Press in 2009, and followed in 2013, by the exotic sequel 'Lydia's Golden Drum'.
(A new illustrated revision of 'Tin Lid Drum' was published in 2015 as 'Lydia's Enchanted Toffee'.)
'The Castle of Desires' (from 2011) is a novel for older readers, set in 1930s California … and in the enchanted chambers of a Gothic castle.
A trio of novelettes ~ the 'Seasonal Dreamworlds' ~ was published in 2015, along with retrospectives of his illustration work: 'Sweet Art', 'Sour Puss' - and a compilation 'Bitter Sweet'.

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Neale Osborne There is a sequel to ‘Tin Lid Drum’ called ‘Lydia’s Golden Drum’ in which Lydia and Elixa (and a few other new characters) travel to the Spyssi Lands…moreThere is a sequel to ‘Tin Lid Drum’ called ‘Lydia’s Golden Drum’ in which Lydia and Elixa (and a few other new characters) travel to the Spyssi Lands in search of the Jampyr sorceress Kafeena.
Without spoiling the ending of that book (which hints at the future lives of some of the characters), there is a line, right at the beginning which says: “For Lydia, all would soon be settled … she was going to live in Karamesh to become a gourmet toffee chef.” It’s the place she’d always dreamed of going to (cooking and eating toffee there all day!) and so I hoped she might find peace in Mixakoko, and live ‘happily supper afters’.(less)
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While doing a little research on ‘The Arabian Nights’ (for a novel of my own) I read, on Wikipedia, that this collection boasted an ‘Eighth Voyage of Sinbad’. Intrigued, I bought a copy and found a fascinating variety of stories (ten in all).
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I just couldn’t resist putting together a mixture of pictures from both of my collections: ‘Sweet Art’ and ‘Sour Puss’. Thus, ‘Bitter Sweet’ forms the definitive retrospective of twenty years of my artistic life - with over 150 pieces on show. This n ...more
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‘Sour Puss’ is a compilation of the best of my cartoon illustrations from the past twenty years - its title chosen as a contrast to ‘Sweet Art’ (the retrospective book of my black-and-white graphic work). There are some early published pieces such as ...more
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‘Sweet Art’ is a retrospective selection of my black-and-white illustration work from the past twenty years (although there are only three or four pieces from the 1990s). The choice of title was a natural one, given that half of the pictures in the b ...more
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This is the third ‘Jason Rascal’ book and, like the first two, he dozes off and enters another surreal dreamworld. This time the seasonal theme is Hallowe’en, with all manner of huge creepy-crawlies let loose on the appropriately-named Hexhill Common ...more
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‘Mad Summer Games’ is the second ‘Jason Rascal’ chapter book. Like the first (‘Spring in Time’) it follows a simple formula: ‘Jase’ dozes off and finds himself trapped in a surreal dreamworld. This time the world is full of twists on classic video ga ...more
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“The evening uneven sea glimmered with slices of dairy moon, the surface waves a shifting brew of dark tea stirred by an atmospheric spoon.”
Neale Osborne, Lydia's Golden Drum

“Will everyone stop eating dinosaurs?' she frowned.”
Neale Osborne, Lydia's Tin Lid Drum
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“Before drawing the curtain across the porthole, Lydia took a peek outside. The evening uneven sea glimmered with slices of dairy moon, the surface waves a shifting brew of dark tea stirred by an atmospheric spoon.”
Neale Osborne, Lydia's Golden Drum

“Literature is the aesthetic exploitation of language”
Anthony Burgess, A Mouthful of Air: Languages and Language, Especially English

“One single sentence, one frame of film, and abracadabra! the story’s wings would take her to another lost world, another magic realm that was ready to be explored.”
Neale Osborne, The Castle of Desires

“The evening uneven sea glimmered with slices of dairy moon, the surface waves a shifting brew of dark tea stirred by an atmospheric spoon.”
Neale Osborne, Lydia's Golden Drum




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