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"I'm going bold. One of the best books I've ever read." MrsBrownsBookBox

My debut children's novel The Octopus, Dadu and Me is a story about grief, friendship and an octopus, illustrated with comic-style art by Lucy Mulligan and published by UCLan Publishing. Cover design by Selom Sunu

FACT: Octopuses have three hearts.

FACT: Octopuses have BEAKS, like BIRDS.

FACT: The octopus at the aquarium is psychic!

Sashi feels like she has three hearts and they're all breaking. She's losing her beloved Dadu to dementia, and her parents don't even want her to visit him any more.

She hides from her grief in the aquarium, and that's where she meets Ian.

Like her Dadu, Ian is trapped. Like her Dadu, Ian should be at home with his family. And then Ian tells her he's in danger and only she can help him escape.

Except Ian just happens to be an octopus…

“A heartwarming tale of changing family dynamics, friendship and it features the best octopus in literature - Ian! What a brilliant debut!”

Masie Chan, author of Keep Dancing, Lizzie Chu.

The Octopus, Dadu and Me
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Lucy’s professional background is in journalism. She was an music journalist at BBC 6 Music for 10 years, where she was privileged enough to interview the likes of Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Adele, report live from the side of the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury, and absorb hundreds of hours of wonderful live music. She also wrote the entertainment news for Ken Bruce on Radio 2 for years and did a stint presenting the BBC On Demand entertainment bulletins for the Red Button.


Brought up in Birmingham, Lucy has lived all around the UK, from Newcastle to Brixton, Worcester to Chesterfield. She also lived for a year in the Chilean city of Valparaiso, and for three years in San Francisco, where she tutored children and young adults in creative writing as part of the 826 Valencia writing programme, set up by Dave Eggers.


She has now settled on the Sussex clifftops with her husband and two daughters (and tortoise), where she divides her time between writing, editing, book-selling and reading as much children’s fiction as she can.

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