Richard has always loved spending time by the sea. Although he grew up in Hertfordshire his grandparents live on the south coast, in Sussex and Dorset, where much of the inspiration for his stories has been found. Whether writing, sunbathing, or sheltering from the rain with a mug of tea, the family beach hut in Bournemouth has always been one of his happiest places.
Richard’s debut novel, The Peculiar Tale of the Tentacle Boy, won the inaugural Times/Chicken House Chairman’s Choice Award in 2019. His love of storytelling started at a young age, through a passion for literature but also for cinema. Two of his greatest childhood influences were Roald Dahl and Tim Burton, who both possess a wickedly dark sense of humour.
Author website: https://richard-pickard.com
The Peculiar Tale of the Tentacle Boy – 2021