Madeleine West to Launch Exciting New Series Lily.D, V.A.P Out May 1!


Hardie Grant Egmont is pleased to announce the launch of a new series by Australian actor turned author, Madeleine West. Lily.D, V.A.P is an exciting junior series, with the first three books releasing 1st May 2018.

The beloved Australian actor and mother of six has written her first children’s series for junior readers (5-8 years). The series begins with Lily.D, V.A.P – Orphan Annie, followed by titles Lily.D, V.A.P – Lost Dorothy and Lily.D, V.A.P – Snow Bean.

Lily.D, V.A.P follows the adventures of Lily, a jump-off-the-page, totally believable character who is full of beans, follows her dreams, and really REALLY loves beads. It’s her dream to become a performance artiste when she grows up, a V.A.P (a Very Amazing Performer). But Lily is no child star, she understands that success requires hard work and respect. Lily is a method actor with a difference.

In each book in the series Lily ‘goes method’ to inhabit a character from a famous play or musical. By walking in another person’s shoes, Lily learns to see the positives in everyone and discovers that the greatest gift you can give in this world is to treat others with kindness and respect. The series covers some of the curliest questions our children ask of us, and addresses major topical issues our children face every day.

“I’m thrilled to finally release my first series of children’s books, Lily.D, V.A.P.” Says Madeleine. “As a mother of six young kids, it’s always been important to me that they follow their own ambitions and I want to inspire other children to bring their dreams to life. Teaching Our children to be the best version of themselves they can be, we pave the way for them to become not just leaders of tomorrow, but considerate, contributing citizens of the world”.

Since first staring on Neighbours in 1999 as Dee Bliss, Madeleine West has featured in some of Australia’s most popular dramas. Her extraordinary career has included lead roles in Underbelly, House Husbands and Satisfaction, and most recently in Zoe Foster Blake’s The Wrong Girl. She is also the author of parenting book Six Under Eight, published in 2016.

Lily.D, V.A.P is pitched at junior readers (5-8 years) and hits shelves on 1st May 2018.

About Hardie Grant Egmont

Hardie Grant Egmont (HGE) is a joint venture of the Australian company Hardie Grant Publishing and Egmont Books UK. As Australia’s largest independent children’s publisher, HE prides itself on publishing exceptional books for children and teenagers. From award winning and best-selling series such as Billie B Brown and Zac Power, to classic titles from Enid Blyton and A.A. Milne, HGE is passionate about making books kids want to read.

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