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Jonathan Stroud on fantasy literature

Jonathan Stroud and Michael Pryor's conversation focuses on the bestselling Bartimaeus trilogy, comparing it to other works in the fantasy and magic genres.

The discussion covers traditions in fantasy literature, Stroud’s influences including childhood reading, the development of the Bartimaeus trilogy and the characters involved.

Jonathan Stroud worked as an editor in children's book publishing after leaving university. He has published six novels, all of which have received positive critical attention. The amulet of Samarkand (Random House) is the first book in the Bartimaeus trilogy. The other books are The golem’s eye and Ptolemy’s gate. Jonathan Stroud lives in Hertfordshire.

Michael Pryor is the co-creator (with Paul Collins) of the Quentaris series (Lothian). His books include The house of many rooms (Hodder) and The mask of Caliban Blackout (Random House). Michael lives in Melbourne.

This event was organised by the Library's Centre for Youth Literature.