Thomas Taylor | 'I want the reader to supply their own monster as much as possible'

Thomas Taylor | 'I want the reader to supply their own monster as much as possible'

A little over a year ago, Thomas Taylor had almost given up on writing and had "gone away to lick my wounds. I didn’t feel like I was really making any progress," he tells me when we meet at his publisher Walker’s office in Vauxhall. He had written two-thirds of a middle-grade mystery novel but "didn’t even know if I would finish it, let alone publish it". But his agent, Kirsty McLachlan, saw something special and urged him to complete the manuscript so it could go to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Her instinct proved correct: the book went to an eight-publisher auction and was snapped u...

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