Philip Reeve was born in Brighton in 1966. He trained as an illustrator, and worked for many years providing cartoons and illustrations for the Horrible Histories and Murderous Maths books. His first novel, the epic Mortal Engines, was published in 2001. It went on to win the Smarties and Blue Peter prizes. A movie adaptation, directed by Christian Rivers and produced by Peter Jackson, was released in 2018.
Mortal Engines was followed by three sequels – Predator’s Gold, Infernal Devices, and A Darkling Plain – and three prequels; Fever Crumb, A Web of Air, and Scrivener’s Moon. A collection of related short stories, Night Flights, with illustrations by Ian McQue, was published in 2018, along with The Illustrated World of Mortal Engines, co-written with Jeremy Levett and featuring artwork by an array of illustrators.
Here Lies Arthur, Philip’s take on the Arthurian legends, won the Carnegie Medal. He is also the author of the Goblins trilogy of comic fantasy stories and the space fantasy Larklight (illustrated by David Wyatt).
In 2013 he joined forces with illustrator Sarah McIntyre to create Oliver and the Seawigs, the first in a series of funny, highly-illustrated adventure stories which continued with Cakes in Space, Pugs of the Frozen North, Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair and the activity book Pug-A-Doodle-Do. Their latest books together are the Roly Poly Flying Pony series: The Legend of Kevin, Kevin’s Great Escape and Kevin and the Biscuit Bandit.
Philip returned to older fiction in 2015 with Railhead, a critically acclaimed adventure set in a future populated by thieves and androids, exiles and emperors, insects and intelligent trains. The sequel, Black Light Express, was published in 2016, and the trilogy concludes with Station Zero (2018).
He is currently at work on a new fantasy novel, Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep, to be published by David Fickling Books in September 2021
Philip lives on Dartmoor with his wife and son.