Four Blake Friedmann authors nominated for Sainsbury’s Best Ebook 2013


Four of Blake Friedmann’s authors have books nominated for Sainsbury’s Ebook of the Year competition.

In the Adult category, Peter James’ DEAD MAN’S TIME, Paul Finch’s SACRIFICE and Anne De Courcy’s THE FISHING FLEET have all been nominated.

In the Young Adult category, Alex Scarrow’s TIMERIDERS series are nominated, and his Doctor Who novel SPORE is nominated in the Children’s category.

For the complete list of nominees and to vote for the winner, with a chance to win a copy of each nominated book, please go here to pick your favourite. 

TimeRiders: THE NEARLY GIRL a World Book Day eBook exclusive!


Alex Scarrow joins the ranks of World Book Day, alongside top YA writers including Patrick Ness, Josephine Angelini and Sarah Alderson, with a TimeRiders short story exclusively available on the World Book Day App. []

World Book Day is the world's biggest and loudest celebration of books, writers and reading. The celebration is now in its 16th year and is marked in over 100 countries. It's main aim is to encourage children to immerse themselves in books and reading. Free books, ebooks, and book tokens are key in allowing the celebration to happen unanimously and for all.

In THE NEARLY GIRL, Liam disturbs all that the Timeriders Team seek to preserve, as he uses his knowledge of the history of the future to save a stranger from her destiny. The short story is sandwiched between the events of THE DOOMSDAY CODE and THE ETERNAL WAR and offers TimeReaders a fresh and intimate insight into Liam's character.

The TimeRiders series is sold in 16 languages throughout the world. The latest book, THE PIRATE KINGS, was published in the UK by Puffin in February and the next book, THE MAYAN PROPHECY is due later this year.

 Praise for Alex Scarrow & the TimeRiders series

 'Action packed, addictive…' -- Empire of Books

'TIMERIDERS has the quintessential ingredient that makes you crave the next book and be willing to queue at midnight for it.' -- The Booklet

'Time-travelling, post-apocalyptic world and a full-fledged war, this book packs one big punch. Initially a bit slow, the book picks up pace and you just cannot put it down until you have finished reading it.' -- Nothing Geek

'Ageless in its appeal and is sci-fi at its best…Brilliant plotting, fine writing [and] an utterly intriguing premise.' -- For Winter Nights (blog)

'A bloody good read.' -- Bristol Writers Group

TIMERIDERS: GATES OF ROME shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers’ Week Book Award!


The twelve shortlisted children's books were selected after independent booksellers voted on them from a list of nominations put forth by publishers.  Independent bookshop customers will decide the fates of the authors when they cast their votes between now and 31 August.  Winners will be announced in early September 2012 after the public vote has closed.  

Scarrow has appeared on several shortlists for his TIME RIDERS series including the 2011 Shortlist for the Independent Booksellers' Week Book Award and the Hampshire Book Award for TIME RIDERS: DOOMSDAY CODE, the 2010 Shortlist for the Galaxy National Book Awards - Book of the Year, and the 2010/2011 Shortlist for the Northern Ireland Book Award.  Scarrow won both the Catalyst Book Award and the Red House Children's Book Award for Older Readers in 2011 for his book TIME RIDERS.  

Previous recipients of the Independent Booksellers' Week Book Award include ARTEMIS FOUL AND THE ATLANTIS COMPLEX by Eoin Colfer in 2011, and RUNNING WILD by Michael Morpurgo in 2010.


'Every time I finish a TimeRiders book I sit back and marvel at the quality of Alex Scarrow's storytelling.' -- Bookzone review

'TIMERIDERS has the quintessential ingredient that makes you crave the next book and be willing to queue at midnight for it.' -- The Booklet

'I look forward to few books as much as these and I am so pleased to find that the fifth TIMERIDERS novel GATES OF ROME is quite possibly the best.' -- For Winter Nights Blog

'Action packed, addictive, and with the perfect amount of humour.' -- Ryan, Empire of Books

'The book is yet another brilliant and relentlessly rip roaring page turner!' -- Tej, Goodreads Reader Review