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Meet Tamsyn Murray

Multi-talented Tamsyn Murray writes for all ages, including her gorgeous Tanglewood Animal Park series for readers aged 7+, her hilarious Completely Cassidy series for 9+, and the stunning YA standalone, Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart, which was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association YA Romantic Novel of the Year, and won the Leeds Book Award in the 11-14 category.

Tamsyn's other special talents include performing onstage, and being able to lick her own elbow.

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Tanglewood Animal Park: a new series from Tamsyn

Every day is an animal adventure in this new series of furry, feathery fun, inspired by Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertforshire.

I first had the idea for a book set in an animal park while I was wandering around Paradise with my little boy and knew straight away it would make a brilliant story. And I've spent so much time there studying the animals that I think I could find my way around in my sleep. Tamsyn Murray

Completely Cassidy

With her embarrassing Dad, pregnant Mum, loser brother and knicker-chewing dog, Cassidy is practically invisible in her family. But when a test at the start of secondary school makes her officially Gifted and Talented, it could finally be her time to shine. Only problem is she picked the answers at random... 

Get to know Cassidy in this Fun Kids Radio clip by Tamsyn:

I'm particularly interested in embarrassing families and mad dogs – Rolo from Completely Cassidy is based on my own naughty chocolate Labrador. And just like Cassidy, I am still waiting for my invitation to Hogwarts! Tamsyn Murray

Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart

Tamsyn's first young adult book is a stunning, tear-jerking novel about grief, guilt, and the unpredictability of love. It won the 2017 Leeds Book Award in the 11-14 category.

Instructions for a Second-hand Heart

Instructions for a Second-hand Heart

Jonny has a faulty heart and his time is running out. Niamh has just lost her twin brother in a tragic accident. As their fates collide, soon Jonny is on the mend - but desperate to know more about his donor. When he tracks down Niamh, he only intends to find out about her brother, the first owner of his heart. He doesn't plan on falling in love... A stunning, tear-jerking novel about grief, guilt, and the unpredictability of love.


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Organ donation has always been important to me - I joined the register when I was a teenager. Although it was hard to think about a scenario where my organs might be donated, I tried to imagine the difference I could make – up to seven people could benefit if the unthinkable happened. Tamsyn Murray