Olympian Chris Hoy pens children’s series

Olympian Chris Hoy pens children’s series

Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy is writing a children’s series about a boy and his bike with author Joanna Nadin.
 
The Flying Fergus series is about eight-year-old Fergus, who desperately wants a bike for his ninth birthday. The bike he wants is too expensive so he inherits his Dad’s old rusty bike instead. However, when he takes it to the park he discovers there may be more to that bike than meets the eye.
 
The series will be illustrated and is aimed at readers aged 5-8.
 
Hot Key Books will publish the first two books in March 2016, with further titles in July, October and then January 2017. A non-fiction guide to cycling will also be published in October.
 
Emma Matthewson, editor-at-large at Hot Key, acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights to six books from Zoe King at The Blair Partnership.
 
“Sir Chris has already provided a lasting legacy of inspiration to young people with his tremendous list of achievements,” said Matthewson. “What drew me to Flying Fergus was a genuine warmth and heart to the books and Sir Chris’s clear dedication to the next generation. We can’t wait to see young cyclists across the country enjoy reading about their new hero.”
 
Hoy is the most decorated Olympic cyclist of all time and has six gold medals and one silver. He now has his own bike range, HOY Bikes, which he created in partnership with Evans Cycles.
 
Nadin is the author of many children’s and YA titles, including the Rachel Riley series of novels, based on her own childhood (OUP) and the Penny Dreadful series (Usborne).