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Childrens Author and Visual Artist
Gordon Reece was born in England in 1963. He studied English Literature at Oxford and worked as a teacher before requalifying as a lawyer. In 1999 he moved to Spain where he began to write and illustrate for children. He lived in Australia for a number of years and is at present, back in England. His first book was The Crocodile and the Zebra (SM, Spain, 2002). Gordon has also published short stories, cartoons and a graphic novel.
Gordons latest work, a crossover, Young Adult/ Adult thriller, MICE was first published in Australia by Allen and Unwin in August 2010. It has since been published throughout the world including the USA, UK, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Russia, Portugal, Brazil, Polan, the Czech Republic and Taiwan. Sixteen-year-old Shelley and her mother move to Honeysuckle Cottage in the middle of the countryside, fleeing their fears and anxieties and hoping to put behind them years of suffering at the hands of others. Shelley has endured terrible bullying from the girls who used to be her friends; and her mother has been left reeling following a divorce from her selfish, demanding husband. For Shelley and her mother are mice, timid, nervous and obliging. And for a while, in their cottage-haven, the women flourish. But one night their fragile peace is shattered when Shelley wakes to hear a creak on the stairs. Someone has broken into the house.
In the shocking, chilling events that follow, Shelley's world is turned on its head, as the women find themselves tested as never before. And as their lives spiral out of control, the tension reaches fever pitch. Shelley begins to wonder; if she and her mother are not mice after all, then what are they?
Southern Light Alliance, the new production venture from acclaimed producer Timothy White (TWO HANDS, THE BOYS ARE BACK) have recently secured the film rights to MICE, partnering with Julie Ryan (RED DOG, TEN CANOES) of Cyan Films. In their press release for the project, SLA foreground how "Reece's debut thriller has received worldwide acclaim and has been published in 17 countries and released in 12 languages...When Julie Ryan brought MICE to our attention we saw a great story with international appeal and were excited to outbid a European company to secure the rights." Our author Gordon Reece himself said, "I'm thrilled MICE is in the hands of such a talented group of people - they've been behind some brilliant Australian movies and I'm sure they're going to do an amazing job!"
Books Gordon has written for children include The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot (Javea Library, Spain, 2001); Cedric’s Masterpiece (SM, Spain, 2004); The Runaway Circus (Lothian, Australia, 2005); Nog the Nag Bird (Lothian, Australia, 2006) and Alecto, a graphic novel (King Tractor Press, USA, 2006).
See the review of Nog the Nag Bird in www.aussiereviews. The Sydney's Child June 2006 edition review said
This is a simple moral tale for children but, despite the title, it's not about nagging. Nog the Nag Bird is about accepting yourself for who you are... The message of self-acceptance might seem a bit premature for preschoolers, but with the cult of appearance being targeted at younger and younger children, it might not hurt for this positive message to be preached early, and Reece's playful illustrations put the theme across with fun and humour. Recommended for ages 3 to 6.
Gordon has recently been working for Macmillan, Madrid, on a series of books, Pepe en Inglaterra, to introduce Spanish speaking children to English language and culture. The first in the series Pepe en Inglaterra. La llegada was published in 2007. The review in the El Pais Sunday Literary Supplement, Babelia said
Un acierto. (Bull's eye.)
Gordons latest book with Macmillan Spain is Count Oblonsky and Petrov in The Case of the Red Skull. Count Oblonsky is 19th Century Russias greatest detective, even Sherlock Holmes writes to him for advice!
For more information about Gordon, see his web site at gordon-reece.com.
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