Please note that this page shows press articles up until February 2008.

For a more comprehensive listing see

February 2008

Thursday 21st February 2008 - PRI radio interview (US)

Wednesday 20th February 2008 - The Highfield Mole is the second "most collectable" book of 2007, according to an analysis of books priced more than £250 by

Monday 18th February 2008 - Publishers Weekly

Tuesday 12th February 2008 - The Capital Times/

Sunday 3rd February 2008 - The Grand Rapids Press

Saturday 2nd February 2008 - Chicago Tribune

Review on

Wednesday 16th January 2008, Reuters US interview.

Friday 4th January 2008, (Detroit Free Press).

January 2008

The authors spent a week in the US with Scholastic, and decided that their new spiritual home was definitely New York. They would like to thank everyone who took such wonderful care of them, and all the fantastic librarians and booksellers they met while they were there.

The Scholastic Team (the two empty chairs were being saved for Will and Chester)


Edgar Allen Poe's study, Philly

December 2007

Thursday 20th December - Interview with Roderick Gordon on Simon Mayo's BBC Radio 5 Live Show about the new Tunnels talking book, which has been beautifully read by the actor, Jack Davenport, of Pirates of the Caribbean fame. A big thank you to Joel and Margaret for their reviews (and to Karen for her email). Please note that the book has been considerably abridged; Bartleby is completely omitted, Chester has turned Cockney, and quite inexplicably the Macaulay family have all developed Scottish accents!

Nobody tells us anything, but we've spotted that an UNABRIDGED version (pictured below) is being released in the States by Recorded Books, which will run to twelve CDs. Click HERE to see on We're praying that the accents are as they should be in this one!



Monday 12th December, Publishers Weekly.

Saturday 8th December, New York Daily News - article entitled "Kids' books to read this month".

November 2007l

A very big thank you to Eduardo Hojman and Patrizia Campana for last week's press conference for the Spanish and Catalan editions, both of which are in hardback and just fantastic.



And also thank you to Dave Bridson at the Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre in Liverpool for our subterranean meeting with the Crawfly. Oooer!

October 2007l

Richard & Judy Book Club

The Times, Friday 19th October 2007 - interview with Amanda Ross, producer of the Richard & Judy Show

Bookseller, Tuesday 11th September - Tunnels shortlisted for Channel 4's Richard & Judy Show to be broadcast on 28th October 2007

September 2007l

Go4it, BBC Radio 4, Sunday 2nd September 2007

The Guardian, Saturday 1st September 2007

August 2007l

The Financial Times, Saturday 11th August - review

Daily Mirror, Friday 2nd August - Summer Reads for Kids

July 2007

2nd July 2007 - Thanks to all the editing by Imogen Cooper, Barry Cunningham and Kate Egan, the hard work from the rest of the Chicken House team - Rachel Hickman and Elinor Bagenal - and to artist David Wyatt for his superlative cover illustration, Tunnels is officially released!nels

The Independent on Sunday, News Review Supplement, Sunday 22nd July - extract of approximately 1,000 words (from pages 362 to 364 of Tunnels)

First News Newspaper, Friday 20th July - interview and review

Sunday Telegraph Seven supplement, Sunday 15th July 2007 - review

The Guardian, Saturday 14th July - review by Philip Ardagh

Oneword Radio, 10.30 AM on Saturday 7th July - Interview by Paul Kent and book reading

Daily Express, Friday 6th July - first review of Tunnels Anglia TV News, 6.00 PM, Thursday 5th July

Steve Wright in the Afternoon, BBC Radio 2, Monday 2nd July

The Sunday Times, Sunday 1st July – Holiday Reads for children, in the Culture supplement

29th June 2007 - A massive thank you from the authors to the teachers and children, the booksellers, the librarians and everyone else they met on their mini-national tour to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool over the last week.

They would also like to thank all those they met on their marathon jaunt around the various London bookshops today (great day to pick - the streets were at a standstill!). It was wonderful to put faces to the names of all the people who have supported the book since the Mole days.

June 2007

Newspaper Articles

The Independent, Monday 11th June – half-page exclusive news story

The Telegraph, Tuesday 12th June – news story

The Telegraph, Thursday 14th June – regarding ranking

The Telegraph, Saturday 16th June – half page with extracts

The Telegraph extracts

Norwich Evening News, Monday 25th June

National Broadcast coverage

The Today Programme, BBC Radio 4 Wednesday 13th June

Regional Broadcast coverage

BBC Northwest Live lunchtime news, Thursday 14th June – Live news piece

BBC Northwest Evening news, Thursday June 14th – news piece

Radio Merseyside, Thursday 14th June – Interview

Online/International coverage (a selection)

BBC World News Today, Friday 15th June - Interview with Barry Cunningham,,2101079,00.html,23663,21897413-10388,00.html

June 2006

Following a period of editing, the first book will now be published by Chicken House in September 2007 in the UK. The title is also to be changed, although the final choice is yet to be decided upon.

19th November 2005


Barry Cunningham of Chicken House, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., is delighted to announce that he has agreed terms, via Peter Straus of Rogers, Coleridge and White, to publish Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams’ first novel, The Highfield Mole and a subsequent volume in the series. The Highfield Mole is scheduled for release in Spring 2007.

Chicken House Entertainment, a subsidiary of the publisher, is also handling the film rights for the books.

The Highfield Mole was self-published by the authors in March 2005 and, following a review in the Book and Magazine Collector, the hardcover edition sold out within a day and has become highly sought after by collectors.


For further information:

Barry Cunningham, The Chicken House: Tel: 01373 454 488

Peter Straus of Rogers, Coleridge and White: Tel: 020 7221 3717

14th August 2005 - The Highfield Mole mentioned in an article in The Sunday Times Review entitled "Publish and be damned self-reliant". LINK

20th June 2005 - The authors are delighted to announce that Peter Straus of the literary agency Rogers, Coleridge & White has taken them on. Last year, Peter advised Charmian Hussey on her book, "The Valley of Secrets".

13th June 2005 - The authors are grateful to all those who turned up to their recent book signings, and would like to thank Sarah at the Norwich Ottakar's and Angela at Borders in Speke, Liverpool, for organising these events.

21 April 2005 - As a token of their gratitude, the authors have prepared a special series of books at the request of a small group of dealers who have been very supportive and helped to promote the book. Referred to as the Remarque Series, these books are first edition hardbacks, signed by both authors and individually numbered out of 80 (these hardbacks are drawn from the 500 print run and not in addition to it). Each copy has a one-off drawing by Brian Williams and an inscription by Roderick Gordon.

15 April 2005 - The hardback edition of The Highfield Mole reaches 156th place in the sales ranking.

13 April 2005 - A review by Stuart Webb appears in the May edition of Book and Magazine Collector, and the complete run of 500 hardbacks is sold within the space of a day.

21 March 2005 - First reader's review posted on Amazon.

16 March 2005 - Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams interviewed by Tony Snell for his show on BBC Radio Merseyside. Followed by articles in several Liverpool-based newspapers.

18 February 2005 - The Highfield Mole mentioned in an article in The Bookseller written by Caroline Horn on new independent publishers.