My Book in 3 Books

Weekly(ish) blog in which a different author each time explains their book using three books that influenced their book. For better or for worse. At the end, they briefly get to plug their own book.

Email if you’re an author who’d like to get involved.

Here’s an example using my own book, The Boy Who Stole Time:

I don’t care about your book! Instead tell me about three books which influenced your book…

Dove by Robin Lee Graham


The real life story of a young boy’s solo circumnavigation of the globe. It’s stunningly raw and real; completely unpretentious. Many of the book’s themes of isolation and travelling alone in foreign lands feeds into Krish’s feelings travelling in the land of Ilir. It’s not just about being in fantastical places, it’s about how you cope with being so far from home psychologically.

The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis


A prequel written later on but in many ways superior to the more well-known The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for it’s simple, sweet and tender storytelling. The idea of the pools, of there being so many worlds out there really stuck with me. I can never deny this book’s influence, from the multiple worlds to the plot device of the dying mother, despite my book being defiantly secular.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson


This book has stayed with me since I was a child. I was afraid of the dark and this book taught me to love it, not to be afraid of it, to see the colours in the dark. My book is full of darkness – Krish at one point is pursued by hellish dogs he can only see every time he closes his eyes. But both books are very much about coping with fear.

Oh, ok – tell me about your book then…

The Boy Who Stole Time by Mark Bowsher

Time - final cover

A young boy travels to a magical realm and is set three impossible tasks to win the essence of time itself in order to save his dying mother.

You can pre-order a copy here.