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Skullduggery_Pleasant_logo.jpgDon’t loose your head….

Derek Landy, creator of the hugely popular Skulduggery Pleasant series, and of its star character, the skeleton detective and winner of the 2009 Irish Book Award, is to visit New Zealand.


  • Auckland – Monday 29 March
  • Wellington – Tuesday 30 March  

For details of his appearances - visit HarperCollins New Zealand.

Derek Landy has gone from strength to strength since writing the first Skulduggery Pleasant, which won the 2008 Red House Children’s Book Award, was joint winner of the Richard & Judy’s 9+ category and winner of no fewer than 14 regional book awards. It was also in the American Library Association 2008 Top 10 Books for Young Adults and the Publishers Weekly’s Top Ten Book for Young Adults ('An utterly charming debut, perfect for the Potter crowd.') 

Described by The Observertwist to the mystery/fantasy genre' in the New York Times. as a 'gripping debut', The Irish Times as 'a remarkably accomplished debut with wonderful dialogue' and as 'a debut that brings a much needed

Two further books have been published in the series: Playing With Fireto huge success. It reached the number one position in the Irish book charts and was the second best selling hardback in the UK charts, selling 25,000 copies through TCM in the first month – an amazing achievement for an author who, only three years ago was working on his father’s vegetable farm.   which won the 2009 Irish Children’s Book of the Year award in the senior (9+yrs) category, and The Faceless Ones, published

Meanwhile, book one has reached sales of 80,000 in paperback, with book two (published in September 2008) already standing at 40,000 copies after less than a year’s sales. early a 100,000 copies of Skulduggery Pleasant have also been chosen by secondary school children across the UK as part of the government’s Booked Up scheme (administered by UK’s Booktrust).

Derek Landy lives on the outskirts of Dublin.  Before inventing Skulduggery Pleasant, he wrote the screenplay for a zombie movie and a murderous thriller in which everybody dies.  He is a blackbelt in Kenpo Karate and has trained thousands of children to defend themselves, in the hope that they will leap to his aid, should enemies ever attack him. 

 Visit: Skullduggery Pleasant for more facts and details.

 Derek is also available for interview. To schedule an interview, please contact: Sandra Noakes, HarperCollins Publishers New Zealand. Ph 09 443 8954,  0275 767675, Sandra.noakes@harpercollins.co.nz




Dark_Days_book_cover.jpgDark Days by Derek Landy

NZ RELEASE DATE: 4 MARCH 2010                                             

And, now it’s here at last, the fourth Skulduggery Pleasant adventure…only Skulduggery is lost on the other side of a portal, with nobody but some really evil gods for company.  Can he possibly survive?  (Yes, alright, we know he’s already dead. But still.)


Dark Days is every bit as hilarious, as tense, and as packed with eye-popping action, crackling one liners and imaginative set pieces as we’ve come to expect from Derek.  There’s a new threat to our plucky heroine, naturally, but that’s not all.  There’s also the little fact of the Big Bad, the uber-baddy who is going to come along and really, really, destroy the world. (Really).  And what we learn about that villain in this book will literally make your jaw fall off and your hair go white with shock.  (Not really.) Will Skulduggery make it out of the Faceless Ones’ dimension?  If he does, will he have anything to come back to?  

What’s this all about, you ask?  You’ll have the read the book!


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