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Meet Peter Bunzl

Peter Bunzl grew up in South London in a rambling Victorian house with three cats, two dogs, one sister, an antique-dealer dad and an artist mum. He is a BAFTA-winning animator, as well as a writer and film-maker. Like Lily and Robert from his debut novel Cogheart, he loves adventures and reading penny dreadfuls, but wishes dearly that he had a mechanical fox called Malkin.

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Peter Bunzl, author of Cogheart
Peter Bunzl

The Cogheart Adventures

Murder, mystery and mayhem meet in these gripping Victorian adventures. Cogheart has been shortlisted for several awards, including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017. 



Lily's life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her? With her friends - Robert, the clockmaker's son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox - Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart... Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure.


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A steampunky tale of ambition, pursuit and revenge The Guardian review of Cogheart


Storm clouds gather over Lily and Robert’s summer when criminal mastermind the Jack of Diamonds appears. For Jack is searching for the mysterious Moonlocket – but that’s not the only thing he wants. Soon, dark secrets from Robert’s past plunge him into danger, because Jack is playing a cruel game. Lily and Malkin, the mechanical fox, must stay one step ahead before Jack plays his final, deadly, card...


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Inspiration for Cogheart

For Peter, the seed of Cogheart grew from a non-fiction book called Living Dolls by Gaby Wood, a popular history of automatons. These fictional Frankenstein-stories of early androids — full of lies, mysteries, and what-ifs — were key to Lily and Robert’s world.

What if Victorian inventors really had created thinking, feeling, mechanical robots? Would their creations have souls? And rights? Could hybrid humans and robots exist? How would society cope with all these issues? Specifically, in Cogheart, how would Robert and Lily cope? Peter Bunzl

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