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Candy Gourlay



Hilary Delamere

Candy Gourlay is a London based author and journalist originally from the Philippines. Tall Story (David Fickling Books) was Candy’s first novel. A novel with a distinctly Filipino flavour, it follows Bernado, an 8 foot 16 year old, as he moves from Montalban to London to be reunited with his family. Interwoven with legend of Bernardo Carpio and other Philippine folklore, this is a story about love, loyalty and the clash of two very different cultures.

Candy has also contributed to the short story collection Under the Weather (Frances Lincoln), has several of her stories for younger children on CBeebies Radio and has written a collection of Filipino folk tales, Animal Tricksters, for OUP.

Candy’s most recent book, Shine (David Fickling Books), was published in 2014 and longlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

She is currently working on a new title for David Fickling Books.


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