Philip Womack - Editor
Philip is the author of The Other Book and The Liberators. The Liberators was a Children’s Book of the Year for 2010.
Philip Womack was born in Sussex, and educated at Lancing and Oriel College, Oxford, where he read Classics and English. After graduating, he worked at Literary Review for four years, before becoming freelance in 2008 on publication of his first novel, The Other Book. Six novels for children followed, including The Liberators, The Double Axe and The Arrow of Apollo, and his first non-fiction work for adults, How to Teach Classics to Your Dog, will be published in October 2020.
He teaches Creative Writing to BA and MA students at London University, and has been a literary critic for nearly twenty years, as well as a freelance journalist for a variety of national newspapers and magazines, writing on topics such as education and literature, and even an article on pyjamas for Tatler magazine. He is currently on the Management Committee of the Society of Authors and a Contributing Editor to Literary Review.
WHY WE LOVE PHILIP
We love reading Philip’s honest and well-informed reports – particularly those he does for sci-fi and fantasy writers. You’ll also find Philip as our lead tutor on our Ultimate Novel Writing Course.
WHAT PHILIP SAYS ABOUT EDITING
I have been an editor with Jericho for several years, and it’s great to feel that the advice and suggestions one makes help writers on towards their goals, at whatever stage of the writing process they are, whether you’re right at the beginning, or struggling with something in its final throes. Writing is a difficult business, and a friendly, informed, but honest critique can be just the thing someone needs to get going into the publishing world.
I bring intelligence, wide knowledge of the literary landscape, accuracy, experience and a range of literary and pedagogical knowledge to each project, and I hope to be as encouraging as possible, whilst also being alive to the realities of each project. I hope that each of the people that I critique will be able to recognise the key things that they need to do in order to make their work really stand out from the crowd.
What Philip works on
Genres Philip specialises in
Philip's published books
The Double Axe (Blood & Fire 1)
Dark forces are at work in the House of the Double Axe. Stephan, the thirteen-year-old son of King Minos of Crete, stumbles across a terrifying conspiracy. Is the Minotaur, a half man half bull who eats human flesh, real? Or is something even more dangerous threatening to engulf both the palace and the world? Stephan must race to save his family from a terrible fate and find out what really lurks inside the labyrinth…You think you know the story? Think again.
The Kings Revenge
A story of knights and gods, a quest that takes its characters through wild and strange landscapes, a tale of courage and loyalty in the face of terrifying opponents, The King’s Revenge brings Philip Womack’s much lauded Darkening Path trilogy to a thrilling conclusion (though for those who haven’t read the preceding books, it’s a satisfying adventure in its own right). Reunited with their sister and brother, friends Simon and Flora face one final challenge in the world of the Broken King, but it’s their most difficult yet; fail, and everything in the kingdom will die. As they set off on their quest, there’s a wonderful sense of comradeship. The world Womack creates rings with echoes of favourite myth and history, but is unique to his vision. The writing is excellent, this is children’s fantasy of the highest order.
The King’s Shadow
‘You are the chosen ones from the other land who will come to seek their siblings and with the hunting horn and the sunsword tear the king’s shadow and overthrow the Broken King.’ Simon and Flora have reached the land of the Broken King in search of their siblings. But here, nothing is quite what it seems. Who can Simon and Flora trust? What does Pike, their mysterious companion, stand to gain? As rumours of war and revolution swirl around them, and as the sinister Knight of the Swan dogs their every move, the pair must confront their terrifying final task. And if they can free their siblings, will they then be able to open the way between the worlds, and return home?
The Broken King
When Simon’s little sister is mysteriously snatched away to a dark other world, he is sent by a golden messenger on a dizzying quest to get her back. With him is Flora, whose brother has also vanished, and a strange boy who rescues them from a violent attack. To enter the land of the Broken King they must complete three tasks: Eat the Shadow. Steal the Sun. Break the Air. But how do they even begin? And what lies in wait for them, in the land of the Broken King?