Picture Books

Ben Manley

Agent: Paul Moreton

Ben is a writer and designer. His work is full of humour and heart with a touch of the gothic – as weird and wonderful as an atticful of vampire hamsters. His first picture book, The Misadventures of Frederick, was published in September 2019 by Two Hoots and illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark. His next picture book, ​Albert Talbot: Master of Disguise, was published by Two Hoots in August 2020! His third book, Vampire Peter, was published with Andersen Press in September 2020. Most recently, Constance in Peril was published by Two Hoots in September 2021!

Ben graduated from Cambridge with a degree in English, but spent most of his time there putting on plays and mucking about. Since then, he has written and performed at the Battersea Arts Centre, Riverside Studios and the Edinburgh Festival. He also co-wrote the short film, Good Boy, starring Reese Shearsmith (League of Gentlemen) and Jessica Hynes (W1A, Spaced).

In 2018, he wrote and illustrated Brexit Bear, a spoof children’s story for The New European. Ben also works as a digital copywriter and web designer. He lives in Norwich with his wife and two children.