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