Alex English

Alex grew up in Hampshire with her head in the clouds and her nose in a book, secretly hoping to find Narnia every time she opened a wardrobe. She never lost her taste for reading middle-grade fantasy adventures, and now loves writing them too.

Alex also has three picture books published by Maverick Books and two in the pipeline with Bloomsbury. Her picture books have been short-listed for the Dundee Picture Book Award, chosen by BookTrust as part of their Bookstart Corner programme and selected by The Reading Agency for the Summer Reading Challenge.

Alex lives just outside Paris with her husband, two sons and a gardenful of chirruping toads.


About Echo and the Great Beyond

An airship. A missing mother. A mysterious map.

When orphan Echo Merriweather discovers a secret world beyond Albion’s city walls, she embarks on a daring voyage to find the mother she thought was dead. But where there are secrets, there is danger, and not everyone wants the people of Albion to know the truth about the world outside.

Echo and the Great Beyond is a swashbuckling adventure story for 9-12s about friendship, freedom and flying machines.