1. SilverFin makes the cut in Puffin's top 70 books

    By Matt Weston on 2010-05-07

    Charlie Higson’s SilverFin has been honoured by appearing in Puffin’s list of its top 70 books, drawn up to mark the publisher’s 70th birthday.

    The novel, which introduced us to Young James Bond, is one of four books to feature in the “Best Heroes” category.

    Higson’s The Enemy was also recognised in the “Best Blood and Guts” category of Puffin’s list.

    The list features a selection of books from Puffin’s rich history from classic novelists such as Jules Verne, Lewis Carroll and L. Frank Baum to contemporary writers including Eoin Colfer and Rick Riordan. Five of the 70 novels were penned by children’s favourite (and You Only Live Twice screenwriter) Roald Dahl.

    Georgina Hanratty, manager of south London children’s bookshop Tales On Moon Lane, told, “The Puffin list continues to look remarkably strong. So many of the books it promoted in the seven decades have just gone on and on. They provide a long, robust spine to children’s books. And the recent acquisition of authors such as Eoin Colfer, Meg Rosoff and Charlie Higson just adds a fresh new layer.”

    Puffin recently published Monstroso, a novella written by Charlie Higson as part of its Pocket Puffins series, also launched to celebrate the publisher’s 70th birthday.

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