Peter Bunzl

Peter Bunzl

Children's author
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Available for

Interview, Talk, Workshop


Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14


Crime, Science fiction


  • the Stockport Children's Book Award 2017.
  • Hillingdon Primary Book of the Year 2017
  • Shortlisted: Waterstones Book Prize 2017
  • Shortlisted: Barnford Boase Award 2017
  • Warwickshire Junior Book Award 2017
  • Winner: Dudley Teen Book Awards 2017
  • Haringey Children's Book Award 2017
  • the North East Book Award 2017
  • Winner: Sefton Super Reads 2017
  • Leeds Book Award 2017
  • Other shortlists:


  • Scattered Authors Society
  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Society of Authors


I’m currently offering talks for years 4-8 which includes:

  • 45 minute to an hour of an interactive presentation with activities, a reading and a Q and A.
  • Plus a book signing for however long we’ve organized afterwards.
  • I am happy to do classroom size groups of 30-60 students, or larger assembly sized talks for up to 250-300 students.

During the session I explain how real-life VICTORIANS, AIRSHIPS and AUTOMATA (clockwork robots), inspired my books. I talks about my love of FANTASTICAL FILM ROBOTS and explain how I combined all these exciting ideas to create a SUSPENSE-FILLED STORY.

In smaller groups (30 students or less) I finish up by teaching the students to make an ANIMATION FLIPBOOK. In larger group (60+) the talk ends with a BIG INTERACTIVE ROBOT QUIZ and some DRESSING UP! In the Q and A, or longer sessions, I like to talk about my inspiring family, my animation, and how I first got interested in writing stories.


"He really managed to captivate and entertain them with his fascinating insight into the world of an author. I would definitely recommend a visit from Peter Bunzl my children were enthused and motivated to write their own stories after this fantastic experience.” 

Jo Clarke, Library Manager, Whitchurch C of E School. 

"Peter was so engaging and professional in his presentation. He had a great rapport with the children and answered their questions beautifully. We covered everything from Charles Dickens and Jules Verne to Zoetropes and Zeppelins! I would thoroughly recommend Peter as an author for school visits.” 

Gita Ralleigh, School Librarian, Whiteheath Junior School. 

"Everything you want from a children’s author visit! It was inspiring, creative and fun. They loved hearing about the books and films that had inspired Peter’s debut book… Cogheart is an exciting adventure with friendship and bravery at its heart – a clever mix of historical and steampunk – it has a wide appeal. I loved it." 

Anne Thompson, Prep Librarian, Notre Dame School 

Cogheart Reviews

“A gem of a book.” — Katherine Woodfine, author of The Clockwork Sparrow

“A glittering clockwork treasure” — Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild Trilogy.

“An instant classic… full of thrills, spills, and mechanical foxes.” — Down the Rabbit Hole

“A steampunky tale of ambition, pursuit and revenge.” — The Guardian

“a gripping story” –“a steampunk adventure with a determined heroine and compelling twists” —  Claire Hennessy, The Irish Times

“an imaginative tour-de-force” — Sinéad O’Hart, The Irish Times

“What if Earth were full of clockwork creatures instead of monsters? Cogheart goes beyond steam-punk to imagine a world as weirdly inventive as Philip Pullman’s Clockwork and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner… Marvellous fun for nine-plus readers.”  — The New Statesman

“A magnificent, standout modern classic, an exhilarating epic that offers fun, adventure and pure escapism for anyone aged between nine and ninety. Not be missed!” — Lancashire Evening Post

 “A really wonderful steampunk story that reminded me of Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines series. It’s pacy and exciting, and I loved the world that Peter has built.” — Robin Stevens, author of the Murder Most Unladylike series

“Vivid and gripping…a beautifully-drawn world and delicate detailing, as finely wrought as a watch’s workings.” — Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of Girl of Ink and Stars

“A delightfully badly behaved heroine, enthralling mechanicals and a stormer of a plot.” — Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dreamsnatcher

“A classic adventure in every way I love – machines, Victoriana and high, pulse-pounding thrills. It’s got real heart too.” — Rob Lloyd Jones, author of Wild Boy

“Totally bewitched me.” – Holly Bourne, author of Am I Normal Yet?

“One of my favourite debuts of the year. Murder, mystery and mayhem in a thrilling Victorian adventure.” — Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

“A magical and thrilling story. Prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime, a truly stunning debut.” –– Jo Clarke, Book Lover Jo

“WONDERFUL…a blend of Philip Pullman, Joan Aiken and Katherine Rundell. Don’t miss!” — Amanda Craig




 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 


 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 murk