An Interview with Stuart Fryd - Author of The Lost and Drowned
Praise for the Lost and Drowned:
"I read cover to cover in a couple of hours today. Could not put it down! 12 year old me would have LOVED to read this in school. 27 year old me loved it too." - Marie-Joëlle Bolduc - teacher, Canada
“Perfect resources for SATs revision!” - Noelle O’Connor, Yr 6 teacher, Redbridge
“Gripping until the end” - Har’Rai Singh, Aged 10
“The children couldn’t put it down.” Rachel Kirby-Murray, Yr 6 teacher, Shropshire
The Lost and Drowned is now officially out! You can order a copy now from all good (and probably some bad) bookshops!
Please check out this latest interview here for Greenwich Exchange's new educational website. We discuss getting children to read and write, welcoming feedback and keeping books relevant.
June 15, 2017
Ahead of its official July 1st release, author Stuart Fryd spoke to Greenwich Exchange about his influences, feedback, future plans and the importance of children reading and writing.
Set in an orphanage in Regency London, The Lost and Drowned paints a vivid picture of despair from the outset. Stuart tells us a mixture of dreams and museum visits shaped the world the book is set. “I was in the Museum of London, where these incredible paintings show the Thames frozen over. They would hold Frost Fairs and Ice skate on it, there is even a painting showing an elephant being walked down the Thames.”
Written with such imagery that was inspired from the paintings, the book also presents supernatural forces at work; “I began thinking, if all these things were happening on top of this great frozen river, something more sinister could be happening beneath it.” As for the orphanage, Stuart explains the need for portraying characters with absolutely nothing from the start. “I think if you look at some of the best children’s books, the characters are really stripped of everything from the start, like Harry Potter and Oliver Twist. It really gives the reader someone to root for.”
Stuart cites Neil Gaiman as his biggest writing influence; “The fantasy worlds he creates are magnificent.” This leads us to discuss the importance of imagination in writing, especially that of the younger generations. Stuart reflects on his own school days and their restrictions: “When I was in school and we were told that today we would be writing a story, I was so excited. But that excitement always seemed to be killed by teachers giving you your setting and an ending to work towards.” He passionately tells us; “Children want to write stories!” It was not only writing that teachers had previously restricted either. “The books you really wanted to read, you weren’t allowed to. It always seemed to be Roger Red Hat at my school. Kids want to be scared, it’s a real natural human curiosity and it will make them want to read and write.”
The full interview can be read here.