Matthew Skelton

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Matthew Skelton was born in the UK but spent most of his childhood in Canada. He started writing while working as a teaching assistant at the University of Mainz and continued when he cam back to Oxford to work as a research assistant. In 2002 he won Richard and Judy’s short story competition.

"I wrote Endymion Spring while living out of a suitcase in a variety of places: an empty flat in Berlin, a haunted house in Surrey, and a little wooden hut at the bottom of someone’s garden in Oxford. Most of my ideas come to me while I’m walking in the countryside and so I’d like to live and write – somewhere within easy reach of the sea, with lots of walks nearby."
Matthew Skelton in an interview with Puffin Books

Matthew Skelton books reviewed


  • Endymion Spring (2007)
    A timeless secret is unfolding. The mystery has only just begun… Who or what is Endymion Spring? In the dead of night, a cloaked figure drags a heavy box through icy streets. The chest is magically sealed by a carved serpent’s head – and can only be opened when its fangs taste blood.
    Centuries later, an ordinary boy touches a strange book and feels something sharp pierce his finger. The book is blank, but its paper seems to quiver… as if it is alive.
  • The Story of Cirrus Flux (2009)
    You shall help me find him still… there is nowhere for the boy to hide. Orphan boy Cirrus Flux is being watched. Merciless rogues are conniving to steal the world’s most divine power, which they believe Cirrus has inherited. Now he faces a perilous journey through the dirty backstreets of London as a sinister mesmerist, a tiny man with an all-seeing eye and a skull-collecting scoundrel pursue him. Cirrus must escape them. It really is not safe to give such evil people such incredible power…

Critical acclaim

Endymion Spring

'A wonderfully rich but accessible story for 10-year-olds plus' Sunday Telegraph

'Skelton is a wonderful descriptive writer, with a good line in startling images' Observer

'It is unputdownable' Irish Independent

'The story, switching between medieval Germany and Oxford University libraries, is a gripping, fast-moving read, and should appeal to adults as well as teenagers' Oxford Times