Episode 1: The Pilot

Broadcast 25 February, 2014

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For the pilot episode of Down the Rabbit Hole, Katherine, Melissa and Louise are joined by three special guests - author/illustrator Alex T Smith and authors Laura Dockrill and Tanya Byrne - to discuss a selection of brand new children’s books. Plus a peep behind the scenes at publisher Hot Key Books; roving reporter Nikesh Shukla interviews comic creators The Etherington Brothers; tips on how to get a literary agent; and a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.


Tanya Byrne

Laura Dockrill

Alex T Smith

Nikesh Shukla

The Etherington Brothers

Hot Key Books

The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

Reading List:

Meet the Parents by Peter Bently and Sara Ogilvie (Simon & Schuster)

Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat by Pip Jones and Ella Okstad (Faber Children’s Books) – check out the trailer played on the show here

Jane, the Fox and Me by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault (Walker Books)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Macmillan Children’s Books)

The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy (Puffin Books)