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Jan Needle has written more than forty books, including novels for adults and children and literary criticism. He also writes plays for stage, TV and radio, including serials and series like Grange Hill, The Bill and Brookside. His first novel, Wild Wood, is a retelling of The Wind in the Willows with Toad, Rat, Mole and Co as the ‘villains’ - a sort of undeserving rural squirearchy – and the stoats and weasels as heroes. A new version was brought out recently by Golden Duck, with the original wonderful illustrations by the late Willie Rushton.

Although he is currently working on a film of perhaps his most celebrated children’s book, My Mate Shofiq, Jan has recently been concentrating on historical novels about his first and most enduring
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Jan Needle Generally speaking, my problem with ideas is too many rather than too few. Which means I have a vast file of subjects I'd like to write about, but…moreGenerally speaking, my problem with ideas is too many rather than too few. Which means I have a vast file of subjects I'd like to write about, but some of the good ones get pushed to one side and forgotten. I read too many newspapers, which are full of stuff that fires my imagination.(less)
Jan Needle I prefer to keep to one subject at a time but sometimes it's impossible. At the moment I'm writing the third in a series of novellas about Nelson, and…moreI prefer to keep to one subject at a time but sometimes it's impossible. At the moment I'm writing the third in a series of novellas about Nelson, and also a draft screenplay for a novel about children and racism, called My Mate Shofiq. I do tend to end up with a headache! Sorry it took so long to reply. I got into technical difficulties. The nuts and bolts of an 18th century man of war sometimes seem easier....(less)
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The historic history festival is about to get underway, but the book of mine which is up for grabs in the competition - Death Order - only goes back to World War II.

Most of my historic work so far is nautical, although the most recent is a short adventure about Napoleon's supposed attempt to escape from St Helena in a submarine. Crazy though that sounds, there's lot of evidence that it was act... Read more of this blog post »
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