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, but those titles are really hard to come up with!” says David.)
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) fulfilled 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.