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Cogheart Adventures Series (Vol 1-4) 4 Books Collection Set by Peter Bunzl

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A: That would be Mould and Roach, the henchmen. I was reading a lot of Neil Gaiman who has fabulous villains and I saw these two in my head and one of them had these awful silver mirror eyes - perfect! A: We went to France to visit Les Machines de L'ile in Nantes, France, to see some modern automatons; you might remember the Great Elephant automaton that they brought to London a few years ago? You can see that moving about in the park, it is enormous, but they also have mechanical insects and a tree you can climb inside.

Q: What would be your favourite day off spent in (contemporary) London? Where would you go, what would you see? Expect thrills, mayhem and mystery - but in the end this is a heart-warming, enjoyable and unique tale with some deep philosophical messages about what it is to live and be happy. A: I tried to write screen plays but that is quite technical and I found it a bit boring. I was taking classes in writing at the City Lit at the time I was writing Cogheart, which had begun as a screen play. I decided to write it as prose fiction instead. One of the advantages is that you don't need to worry whether something can be animated or not.A: I am not doing animation at the moment as authoring is keeping me busy! The thing I enjoy most about the job is creating stories and characters and bringing them to life. Most of all I want people to be drawn into the adventures and, as the series progresses, gradually feel like the characters are old friends. Bunzl’s numerous influences include: British authors Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, and Sir Philip Pullman; the comic works of Quentin Blake and Carl Barks; and French authors Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. Bunzl, whose literary agent is Jo Williamson, specializes with the steampunk and juvenile literature niches. Q: You also have some very exciting battles between airships; did you get to know a lot about airships while you were researching for the book?

When 13 year old Lily's inventor father is presumed dead in an air crash, she is sent to live with her authoritarian governess. But her father had a secret, kept in small box, that others will do anything to get hold of. When Lily and her friend Robert discover the box, they are forced into hiding and, helped by their mechanical fox Malkin, must run for their lives.

Angelique has been fitted with mechanical wings so she can fly, while Luca the Lobster Boy has been Q: There is also a lot of exploration around ideas of identity, especially among the Victorian orphans in this book, and Lily's investigations about her mother's past. Why does this theme play such a big part in this story? A: While I was writing the book there was talk from certain newspapers and politicians and various other folk about how foreigners were no longer welcome in Britain. Coming from a Jewish family, who emigrated to this country just before World War II, that kind of rhetoric makes me very uncomfortable.

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