Neale Osborne


Neale Osborne was born in 1970, in Birmingham, England.

His debut children’s book ‘Lydia’s Tin Lid Drum’ was published in 2009 by Oxford University Press.
‘The Castle of Desires’, his first work for older readers, is a double-bill of interweaving tales: the story of a studio of animators set in the 1930s, and the legend of a castle that can fulfill all the dreams of its keyholder.
His latest is ‘Lydia’s Golden Drum’, the follow-up to his debut, but also a stand-alone adventure, drawing on many legends and folktales, with the distinctive spicy flavour of ‘The Arabian Nights’.

A freelance illustrator since 1992, Neale’s pictures have appeared in a variety of places: posters, packaging, publications (such as the TLS, Gramophone, Mojo and BBC Proms programmes). And many of these pictures, including those from the ‘Lydia’ novels, can be found at his official website ‘The Land of Oz’.

Where to find Neale Osborne online

Where to buy in print


Lydia's Tin Lid Drum
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 105,010. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Neale Osborne's acclaimed fantasy (first published by Oxford University Press in 2009) is now available in this revised e-book edition. Set in the Candi-Lands, a place where tasty confections and drinks spring forth from the very earth, the story concerns nine-year-old Lydia who sets out on an epic adventure to overthrow the Master Chef whose robots have taken over her world.
The Castle of Desires
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,660. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A unique 'cinematic double-bill' of tales: a castle-set fantasy interweaving with the story of a cartoon studio community in 1930s California.

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1930s    adventure    animation    california    cinema    confectionery    dystopia    film    robot    sister    snow white    sweets    taffy    thunderbird