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Posted by Tom, January 18, 2017

Take a look inside The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge, Medieval Knight Training

This May we’re enormously pleased to be publishing The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge, Medieval Knight Training – the first book in a hilarious new ‘faction’ series with the National Trust, written by Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning author Philip Ardagh, and with brilliant artwork in a hugely appealing, contemporary style from Jamie Littler, illustrator of Hamish and the Worldstoppers.

With a fantastic balance of great characters, exciting plot, and interesting, accessible historical facts woven into the story, this is PERFECT for fans of Horrible Histories – and today, you can take a look inside the book for the first time, with a special sneak preview!

John Drawbridge has moved to Widemoat Castle to learn to become a knight. And there is a LOT to learn. How to charge with a lance on horseback without falling off. Why the spiral staircases always go up in a clockwise direction. How to defend the castle against invading parties. Why the plates served at banquets are made of stale bread (and why you shouldn’t eat them…). And so much, MUCH more. So it’s no wonder that John decides to keep a diary (even if it is only an imaginary one…) of his time at the castle. Things REALLY liven up when the castle is attacked by an invading Welsh party – but can John foil their plot before it’s too late…?

Here’s a very first look inside the book:

The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge won’t be publishing until May – but if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning an exclusive proof copy of the book, sign up to our books newsletter, either at this page or with the form below – we’ll be giving away some rare proofs in a competition for subscribers next week.

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