Guest author Mat Larkin visits Doncaster Middle Fiction Book Club

Last week, the Doncaster Middle Fiction Book Club was joined by Mat Larkin, debut author of The Orchard Underground, for our inaugural Meet the Author session. It is always a delight to see local authors interact with young audiences and Mat took it in his stride, tackling the full force of the kids’ curiosity and enthusiasm. Together, we discussed the challenges of being an author, crafting great characters and overcoming the dreaded writers' block. Our book club was also lucky enough to get a sneak peek into Mat’s next book, currently in the works!

Engaging with local authors is one of the aims of our Doncaster Middle Fiction Book Club. Showing the kids the person behind the book inspires their own writing and gives them insight into how their favourite characters are brought to life.

Next term kicks off with Fantasy Week on the 7th of June, when we will be discussing Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead. The complete book list and dates for the upcoming term can be found below.

Our next Meet The Author session will be with Judith Rossell, discussing Withering-By-Sea, the first book in her best selling Stella Montgomery series. This will be the last session in our next term, on Friday the 19th of July.

If you are interested in attending, or would like to be added to our email list for ongoing updates, just contact Sam at Readings Doncaster by email ( or phone (9810 0891).

Doncaster Middle Fiction Book Club – Current Book List


Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

Fantasy Week – Friday 7th June


Kat Wolfe Investigates by Lauren St John

Animal Week – Friday 21st June


The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

History Week – Friday 5th July


Withering-By-Sea by Judith Rossell

Mystery Week (with the author!) – Friday 19th July

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The Orchard Underground

The Orchard Underground

Mat Larkin

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