No Man’s Land was born in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, and Trump’s rise in the US. As a former political adviser, I wanted to be back doing something to change the mess we were heading towards and found myself frustrated that I wasn’t in a position to do anything useful any more. But I’ve always been someone who truly believes words can and do change the world, and none more so than in children’s books, where we get to show readers who they might become, and how they might play a part in building a better tomorrow. So I’m hugely proud to have been shortlisted for the Little Rebels Award, which recognises ‘radical’ writing trying to do just that. I’m also honoured because it’s run by Housman’s Bookshop, where I spent swathes of time in my late teens and early twenties, fired with indignation at the right-wing government we were living under back then. A world that we’re sadly slipping back towards again today. But all the books shortlisted offer a strong viewpoint, and above all, hope that change is coming.
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