Springboard: Martin Penny, Tails: The Animal Investigators of London

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It was in a rush of inspiration, in a not normally inspiring setting—a commuter train to London—that Martin Penny began his YA novel, TAILs: The Animal Investigators of London. This is the Oxfam bookshop manager-turned-author’s first novel aimed at a younger audience, and has a Roald Dahl feel, as it uses humour and heroism to tackle complex themes.