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C J Busby

C J Busby was brought up on boats and in caravans in the southeast of England and north Wales. She read avidly as a child, and moved frequently from place to place. As an adult, she carried on reading and travelling. Having studied Social Anthropology at Cambridge, she lived and researched in south India for a year for her PhD, and then taught Social Anthropology at universities in Edinburgh, London and Kent.

CJ now lives in Devon and has three children. She has worked on environmental studies with schools, and is also a copy editor for an academic press. Her first children’s story, THE THING, was shortlisted for the Nickelodeon Jr National Write a Bedtime Story prize, and recorded for Fun Radio in March 2007.

FROGSPELL, the first book in her Spell series (illustrated by David Wyatt), was chosen by the prestigious Richard & Judy Book Club, in association with WH Smith, and featured on their Summer 2012 selection and was also shortlisted for the 2012 Waverton Good Read Award.

CJ Busby also has a middle grade trilogy out now with Templar: DEEP AMBER, DRAGON AMBER and the AMBER CROWN.

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Deep Amber

Dragon Amber



The Amber Crown

Cauldron Spells