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About Dan Smith

Growing up, Dan Smith lived three lives: the day-to-day humdrum of boarding school, finding adventure in the padi fields of Asia and the jungles of Brazil, and in a world of his own, making up stories.

Dan's Chicken House novels include My Friend the Enemy, My Brother's Secret and Big Game, which will shortly be released as a major movie. A sequel to Big Game is due to follow.

Dan lives in Newcastle with his wife and two children.

Accolades and awards

    Selected as a Children’s Bookseller’s Choice in The Bookseller's July 2013 preview
    Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2014
    Shortlisted for the 2015 Coventry Inspiration Book Award
    Shortlisted for the Teach Primary New Children's Fiction Award 2015
    Shortlisted for the Historical Association Young Quills Competition 2013
    Shortlisted for the North East Book Award 2013
    Shortlisted for the Tower Hamlets Book Award 2014
  • Dan's adult novels have been shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2011 and nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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A very happy 2015 to all! We're already really excited about what the year holds, not least because January is already off to a flying start.

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