David Fickling is a publisher of children's books, now at the helm of independent publishing company, David Fickling Books. For nearly twelve years he ran the company as an imprint, first as part of Scholastic, then of Random House.
Over the years David has published some extraordinary books. In his first job at Oxford University Press he signed up Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke, and has published Philip's books ever since, including the multi-million selling His Dark Materials trilogy. Later he set up Doubleday's program of original children's books: the launch list included Philip Pullman and Jacqueline Wilson (whom David teamed up with artist Nick Sharratt). David is the man behind both the Goosebumps and Horrible Histories phenomenon, he remembers being told kids don’t like history! In more recent years he published Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (bestseller and award winning play) and John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Jenny Downham’s Before I Die and Andy Mulligan’s Trash – all international bestsellers and big time Hollywood movies.
In 2012 he launched a weekly story comic for children called The Phoenix, filled with beautiful and original artwork, exciting stories and featuring no advertising. David Fickling Books works closely with The Phoenix, sharing a mission to create stories and excitement for all children.