The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Samurai has been shortlisted for the Spark! Kingston and Richmond Book Awards

Tim Collins and Isobel Lundie have been shortlisted in the 7 to 9 category in the Spark! Kingston and Richmond Children's Book Awards for the brilliant Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Samurai.

The shortlist was announced on Monday 18th January 2021. We're delighted that this wonderful title, part of our bestselling Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst... series, has been chosen as one of four books in the 7 to 9 category that will be promoted to children across 80 primary schools in Kingston and Richmond in the next five months.

The Spark Awards are an independent set of awards supported by the two boroughs of Kingston and Richmond, as well as Achieving For Children, a not-for-profit social enterprise company, which oversees education in the two boroughs.

The thousands of children who participate will vote for their favourite book in each of the four categories and the winners will be announced in mid-June.

Author Tim Collins said: 'It's wonderful that The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Samurai has been shortlisted for the Spark Book Awards. It's never been more important for children to find the right books for them, and the team behind the Spark Book Awards are doing a brilliant job in promoting reading for pleasure in these unusual times.'

David Salariya, founder and Managing Director of The Salariya Book Company, said: 

We were delighted and flattered that The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Samurai has been shortlisted for the Spark Awards by a panel of professionals who work with young people in the boroughs.

Rich in historical detail and comedic episodes, as you would expect from Tim Collins, and beautifully illustrated by Isobel Lundie, the book offers the story of how to become a Japanese Samurai from the unusual perspective of a girl, who desires to break the mould and become a samurai.

This book is one of a long series that looks at how to learn from your mistakes and accept the trials and tribulations of life and to try to overcome them…which brings us back to Samurai philosophy!

You can buy the book here:

For UK customers: on our website, and all good book shops and online retailers.

For US customers: on and other online retailers and good book shops.

The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst... series has been sold internationally, including in the USA, Turkey, the Netherlands and Spain. An audiobook/app version of The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Astronaut is available via Cloudaloud.

About the author: 

Tim Collins has written over a hundred books that have been translated into forty languages.

His children’s titles include Diary of a Wimpy Vampire, Cosmic Colin, Dorkius Maximus and Monstrous Maud.

His current series of historical diaries began with The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Pirate in 2017, and has since covered knights, dinosaur hunters, Hollywood directors, astronauts, Olympic athletes, tomb hunters, Shakespearean actors, Vikings, engineers, gladiators and samurai.

He has also written extensively for reluctant teenage readers, creating stories with a high interest age and a low reading age.

He has won awards such as Manchester Fiction City, the Lincolnshire Young People's Book Award, and the Kalbacher Klapperschlange in Germany.

The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Astronaut was chosen for the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge.

About the illustrator:

Isobel Lundie is an illustrator and designer. She graduated from Kingston university with a first class honours in illustration and animation. Since graduating, Isobel has specialised in children’s publishing and has made books for The Salariya Book Company, Usborne, Random House, DK and The Good Book Company. She uses a wide variety of materials such as collage papers, pencil, ink and digital media. She likes creating detailed work with wacky characters that makes children laugh.