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We’re really looking forward to reading Spynosaur by Guy Bass, so it’s great to have him on the site today to take part in our 5-4-3-2-1 feature!

Five songs that sum up the last novel you wrote perfectly

1. The James Bond theme
2. The Dinosaur Song by Johnny Cash
3. Walk the Dinosaur by Was Not Was
4. Spy by They Might Be Giants
5. The theme tune to pretty much any 22-minute animated cartoon from the 1980s (but if you’ve got some time on your hands, check out Pole Position, M.A.S.K, and the greatest cartoon theme tune in history, The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers.)
 
 
Four books you’d save from a burning bookcase

1. Dune by Frank Herbert – it’s a universe in a book. I’ve never read anything else that does such a good job of creating conflicting worlds, cultures and people. It doesn’t feel like Frank Herbert created Dune, it felt like he travelled there and wrote down what he witnessed.

2. George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl – the book...

Denizen has grown up in Crosscaper Orphanage, a dark and boring place where nothing much happens. Certainly nothing magical…

Shortly after his 13th birthday a stranger called Grey comes to take him to his long lost aunt. On the way a shadow breaks apart and creates an incredible monster moulded from the debris and concrete. This encounter will change everything and Denizen will embark on a dangerous adventure to save his friends. 

For ages 9+

Reviewed by Tereze

As a huge fan of Electrigirl, written/illustrated in a brilliant mash-up of prose and graphic novel by the superbly talented Jo Cotterill and Cathy Brett, I’m incredibly excited for Electrigirl and the Deadly Swarm, out today from OUP! I celebrated by getting Jo to take on 5-4-3-2-1.

5 TV shows you can watch all day long (when not busy writing):

Castle: US series starring Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. He’s a bestselling crime writer who’s been allowed to follow around a NYPD homicide team headed by her. It’s slick, polished, and ridiculously silly. But it also has a great chemistry between the two leads.

Strictly Come Dancing: the sequins! the dancing! Claudia Winkleman!

The Night Manager: just put it on eternal repeat, OK?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: broke new ground in so many ways. The writing is superb and the casting sublime.

Masterchef: I love this show because it’s eternally positive. The contestants get better and better in each round, and Greg and John are such optimists, despite co...

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