Ask a Publisher: Ben Horlsen, Editorial Director at Puffin

Recorded June 20th 2014 in London
at Penguin Random House

Rowena House is a journalist by trade - an ex-Reuters foreign correspondent in Europe and Africa, now a sub-editor specialising in international affairs. She turned to writing fiction for young people to meet a deep desire to tell gritty stories that are true in an emotional sense, without being constrained by ‘the facts’. She's recently been published by Andersen Press in the War Girls anthology with her short story The Marshalling of Angelique's Geese. Rowena lives in rural Devon with her remarkably tolerant family and their less tolerant dog, a grey-and-white sheep dog called Fletcher.


  1. 15 minutes extremely well spent! Thoroughly enjoyed this thank you Ben and Rowena (oh and merry Christmas!)

  2. Thank you, Dennis & Louise. It's such a pleasure talking to people like Ben. And Happy Christmas to you, too.


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