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Episode 77: Taran Matharu

Broadcast 23 September, 2020

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Katherine and Louise chat to young adult author Taran Matharu about his 'Summoner' and 'Contender' series - and his journey from NaNoWriMo and Wattpad to New York Times bestseller.


Our guest

Taran Matharu


Reading list

The Summoner series by Taran Matharu

The Contender series by Taran Matharu

Eragon by Christoper Paolini

The Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan

The Redwall series by Brian Jacques


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BookTrust Writer in Residence - Taran Matharu's residency


More new books out this month to look out for

Tamarind and the Star of Ishta by Jasbinder Bilan

Monsters of Rookhaven by Padraig Kenny and Edward Bettison

Into the Spotlight by Carrie Hope Fletcher

Voyage of the Sparrowhawk by Natasha Farrant

My Life as a Cat by Carlie Sorosiak

Victoria Stitch:  Bad and Glittering by Harriet Muncaster

Zombierella by Joseph Coelho and Freya Hartas

The Life of Riley: Beginners Luck by Simon James Green

Pages & Co: Tilly and the Map of Stories by Anna James

Adventures on Trains: Kidnap on the California Comet by MG Leonard and Sam Sedgeman

Lu by Jason Reynolds

Kicking Off by Eve Ainsworth

Dragon Mountain by Katie & Kevin Tsang

The Girl Who Became a Tree by Joseph Coelho

I, Ada by Julia Gray

The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker by Lauren James

Just One of Those Days by Jill Murphy

The World Made a Rainbow by Michelle Robinson and Emily Hamilton

Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright, illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

Jumbo: The Most Famous Elephant Who Ever Lived by Alexandra Stewart, illustrated by Emily Sutton

Our Wonderful World by Ben Handicott, Kayla Ryan and Sol Linero

Image from the cover of Contender: The Challenger by Taran Matharu (Hodder Children's Books)