HarperCollins has revealed that the new children’s novel from David Walliams – Awful Auntie – will be published in September.
The biggest UK children’s author to debut this century, this will be Walliams’ seventh fiction title.
The characters, including Awful Aunt Alberta, her pet owl Wagner and Lady Stella Saxby, will be brought to life with illustrations from Tony Ross. He has worked with Walliams on four of his previous fiction titles and his debut picture book, The Slightly Annoying Elephant.
"I am always delighted by the arrival of a new David Walliams book – he’s such a bold and brilliant storyteller with an extraordinary imagination, who always delivers something original and unexpected for his readers," said Ann-Janine Murtagh, HarperCollins Children’s Books publisher. "Awful Auntie is exquisitely written with a timeless charm that marks it out as a book that will be adored by his fans, but is also destined to be an absolute classic in the future."
Walliams has now sold over 3.8 million books in the UK alone. His most recent fiction title – Demon Dentist, published in September 2013 – remained at number one in the children’s book chart for six weeks, for two of those being the overall bestselling book in the UK. The title has now sold over 475,000 copies to date and was the biggest selling children’s fiction title of 2013.
Other titles include Gangsta Granny and Mr Stink – both of which have been adapted for TV – and Ratburger.
Picture credit: Simon Emmett