The Award-Winning Author
Winner of the British Book Industry Award’s Children’s Book of the Year
David’s first novel for children, My Brother is a Superhero, won the Waterstones Children’s Prize 2016 and the British Book Industry Award’s Children’s Book of the Year 2016. David also won the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Awards (Lollies) with the second book in this series, My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord. There are three more in the series: My Evil Twin is a Supervillain (2017), My Arch-Enemy is a Brain in a Jar (2018), and My Cousin is a Time Traveller (2019). There would’ve been more, only those titles are really hard to come up with. He is the author of two original novels set in the world of Dr Who. Writing The Secret in Vault 13 (2018) and The Maze of Doom (2020) fulfils his childhood dream.
In addition to his acclaimed children’s fiction, he has been writing screenplays for many years – his first feature film was an adaptation of Five Children and It, starring Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Izzard. His film about an unhappy novelist, Not Another Happy Ending, was honoured as the closing film of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
A Beginner’s Guide to Ruling the Galaxy is his sixth novel for children.
He was born in Glasgow and now lives in Dorset with his wife, the novelist Natasha Solomons, and their children.
I knew I wanted to be some kind of writer from an early age. My approach was subtle. I snuck up on my career, lulling it into a false sense of security by writing nothing for years and then, when it least expected, I pounced, apologetically.
— David Solomons
My Brother is a Superhero
Luke is a comic-mad eleven-year old who shares a treehouse with his geeky older brother, Zack. Luke’s only mistake is to go for a wee right at the wrong time. While he’s gone, an alien gives his undeserving, never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother superpowers and then tells him to save the universe. Luke is massively annoyed about this, but when Zack is kidnapped by his arch-nemesis, Luke and his friends have only five days to find him and save the world...
My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord
Zack and Lara have superpowers. Luke has new school shoes and a burning sense of resentment. He KNOWS that aliens disguised as gym teachers are about to attack Earth but will anyone listen? No. So one dodgy pact with a self-styled supervillain later, and Luke is ready to save the world. He just needs to find his trainers…
My Evil Twin Is a Supervillain
When Luke is confronted with Stellar, his superpowered twin from another dimension, he is highly suspicious. No one travels through time and space without a plan, and that plan is usually EVIL. So what does Stellar want? And why is he so UNBELIEVABLY IRRITATING? From his superhero hair to his rocket-powered shoes, Stellar is up to no good, and Luke must BRING HIM DOWN!
My Arch Enemy Is a Brain in a Jar
Luke and his brother have swapped bodies by accident. Zack's got Luke's weird feet while Luke has Zack’s SUPERPOWERS! Now he needs another world-threatening adventure to try them out. Could a family mini-break at Great Minds Leisure Park be his chance? Probably, because that's where his super-clever arch-enemy lurks, fermenting dastardly plans and bubbling gently...
My Cousin is a Time Traveller
Luke is surprised to learn that his cousin is a time traveller. He’s even more surprised when she tells him that the machines are becoming intelligent and he must help her stop them taking over the world. It couldn’t come at a worse time. Zack has decided to give up his superpowers and live life as a normal teenage nerd. So Luke must swallow his irritation and rise to the challenge yet again ...
A Beginner’s Guide to Ruling the Galaxy
Gavin’s got a new neighbour and she’s really annoying. Niki follows him everywhere, bosses him about, and doesn’t care that her parents will obliterate Earth with their galactic warships if she doesn’t stop running away from them. Can Niki and Gavin sort out the alien despots (aka Mum and Dad) and save the planet? Possibly. Will they become friends along the way? Doubtful...
Free resources and tips for writers. Get on the list!
Get the world’s #1 writing blog to your inbox every Sunday. Fabulous and free.
We never share your data. Unsubscribe any time.