Northwood by Brian Falkner
Told by Fiona Samuel
This is the strange story of Miss Cecilia Undergarment and the black lions of Northwood. It is probably not true, but who really knows for sure... For ages 6 to 12.
Published by Walker Books
Engineer: Phil Brownlee, producer: Prue Langbein
From the author Brian Falkner
Northwood was probably my most fun book to write, because I had no more idea what was going to happen than the reader does. I knew I wanted to write a junior novel with a strong girl main character, but I didn’t really know what to write. Then the opening line just popped into my head.
“This is the strange story of Miss Cecilia Undergarment and the black lions of Northwood. It is probably not true, but who really knows for sure.”
That was all I had, but I like it, so I started writing, without any planning. I just kept writing whatever popped into my head, and ended up with Northwood, which is one of my favourite books that I have written.
About the reader
Fiona Samuel was born in Scotland in 1961 to New Zealanders abroad. She came to New Zealand at the age of five, grew up in Christchurch and has been creating original drama since she graduated from the New Zealand Drama School at the age of 20. As a writer and director, playwright and actor, she has worked in television, radio, film and theatre and has created award-winning dramas in all these fields. Television dramas include The Marching Girls and Face Value; Home Movie; documentary Virginity; Sunday Theatre telemovies Piece Of My Heart and Bliss and short films Bitch and Song Of The Sire. Stage plays include The Wedding Party; Lashings Of Whipped Cream – A Session with a Teenage Dominatrix; One Flesh; The Liar’s Bible and Ghost Train. Fiona currently has three feature films in development.