The Book of Legends: What if all the stories were real? : The side-splitting quest adventure from bestselling comedy genius Lenny Henry – a Christmas must-buy!

From comedy legend Lenny Henry, author of The Boy With Wings, comes his fantastic second novel for 8-12 year olds, The Book of Legends, perfect for fans of laugh-out-loud adventures and illustrated inside by the incredibly talented Keenon Ferrell. Quests are no joke (but there are lots of jokes in this book). Two ordinary kids are about to go on one extraordinary adventure!When their storyteller mum mysteriously disappears four years after their dad, Fran and her twin brother Bran, who’s deaf, know they have to stick together – if only to face their new guardian’s terrible cooking! Everything changes when their mum’s magical storybook transports them into a mythical world they thought only existed in legends. Suddenly, evil princes, mud monsters and Viking armies are all very real and out to get them. Luckily, the twins have Wilma, the Wizard’s Wife, and Zachary, the wisecracking Zebracorn, to help them solve the mystery surrounding their parents’ disappearance.

The Boy With Wings : The laugh-out-loud, extraordinary adventure from Lenny Henry

Wings? Check. A super-cool, super-secret past? Check. An impossible mission to save the world from a fur-ocious enemy? Check. When Tunde sprouts wings and learns he’s all that stands between Earth and total destruction, suddenly school is the least of his problems. Luckily, his rag-tag group of pals have got his back, and with his new powers, Tunde is ready to fly in the face of danger. So what if he can’t even stand up to the school bully? He’s the boy with wings – this is his destiny. No pressure then. . . An ordinary kid is about to become an EXTRAORDINARY hero in The Boy with Wings, an action-packed adventure by comedy legend Lenny Henry. Lenny Henry’s funny first novel is for readers of 9 to 12, illustrated throughout by Keenon Ferrell. Includes an exclusive comic book adventure illustrated by Mark Buckingham.

Rising to the Surface : ‘Moving and honest’ OBSERVER

The rise and fall and triumphant rise from the ashes of Lenny Henry during the 80s and 90s. ‘Moving and ebullient’ Daily Telegraph ‘Relayed with characteristic exuberance and self-deprecation’ Guardian Rising to the Surface traces Lenny Henry’s career through the 80s and 90s. The 16-year-old who won a talent competition, now has to navigate his way through the seas of professional comedy, learning his craft through sheer graft and hard work. We follow Lenny through a period of great creativity – prize-winning tv programmes, summer seasons across Britain, the starring role in a Hollywood film, and stand-up gigs in New York. But with each rise there is a fall, the most traumatic being the death of his mother. But by the end of the book he has been able to rise through a sea of troubles and breaks out to the surface to accept the Golden Rose of Montreaux for his work in television.