GILES Paley-Phillips grew up on the south coast and left school at 16 to join a band, the highlight of which was performing at Glastonbury festival. Giles turned to writing after becoming a father and is the author of nine picture books and his bestselling title The Fearsome Beastie won The People’s Book Prize and the Heart of Hawick Book Awards.

Giles has a huge online fanbase, with over 215,000 followers on Twitter and has made several TV appearances including Good Morning Britain and is a judge on ITV’s Share a Story. He co-hosts an interview podcast Blank which launched in 2018 Giles still lives in Seaford, East Sussex with his wife, Michelle, and their two sons, Elijah and Sonny.

One Hundred and Fifty-two Days is a semi-autobiographical free verse novella due to be published in Autumn 2019 by the crowdfunding publisher Unbound. Giles’s project reached 100% funding status less than six weeks after launching and is currently going through the editing process at Unbound.

Written in the first person, One Hundred and Fifty-two Days tells the story of a teenage boy whose mother is terminally ill. For a period the boy isn’t allowed to visit his mum and as a coping mechanism he develops a powerful bond with his sparky and free-thinking physiotherapist. Unlike anyone else in his life, Freya is able to lift his spirits and fill the void left by a distant father, a scatty grandmother and of course his dying mother and finally open his eyes to a world full of possibility and hope.

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US and Translation: Lindsay Literary Agency

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