Swapna's debut series, Dave Pigeon (Faber & Faber), illustrated by Sheena Dempsey, follows the antics of two pigeons as they advise pigeonkind on how to survive in the world. The second and third books in the series, Dave Pigeon (Nuggets!) and Dave Pigeon (Racer!), are out now.

Swapna Haddow lives in London with her karate-chopping, swash-buckling son (his words, not hers) and her thirty-something, age-sensitive husband.  She spends her time writing, eating cake and making sure her son doesn’t flatten her husband as he attempts to master his human cannonball trick. Sometimes she does all three at the same time.

Accolades for Dave Pigeon

  • The Guardian's Best New Children’s Books 2016 - selected
  • Sainsbury's Children's Book Award 2016 - shortlisted
  • North Somerset Teachers' Book Award Read Aloud - winner
  • The Independent's 11 Best Books for 4 to 11-Year-Olds - selected
  • Leicester Libraries Our Best Book of the Year Award 2017 - shortlisted
  • Sheffield Children's Book Award 2017 - shortlisted
  • Surrey Libraries Children's Book Award 2017 - winner
  • Tom Fletcher Book Club 2018
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