Francesca Gibbons has been telling tall tales for as long as she can remember…

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I spent most of my childhood in Stafford, making my sisters steal the neighbour’s strawberries and reading them the books that I wrote.

My sisters are quite tall now. They no longer do as I say and they’ve formed a strawberry-thieving union. But I’m still writing stories.

I studied English at the University of Bristol. Then I swore I’d never go into marketing and promptly got myself a sales & marketing job..

I spent most of my twenties working as a copywriter. I’ve been lucky enough to write for Microsoft, The National Trust and Jack Wolfskin.

Today, I live in the Cotswolds with my husband and our geriatric cat. I work as a children’s author and a freelance copywriter.

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Francesca Gibbons worked as a copywriter at a marketing agency before leaving to focus on her career as a children’s author. The Shadow Moth is her debut novel. It was inspired by the gardens she visited as a child, and her love of folklore and monsters. It is the first book in the Clock of Stars trilogy.

‘Imogen didn’t know what trespassing was, but it sounded like fun…’

The Shadow Moth


Imogen follows a moth into another world. The place she discovers is populated by monsters and bears and a prince who lives in a tower. But Imogen has been followed too… by her annoying little sister.



Utterly irresistible and hugely imaginative.


Waterstones Best Books of 2020


A sparkling debut… boasts a funny, engaging voice, a strong sibling dynamic and a bold, intransigent heroine.


The Guardian


“This is an utterly wonderful is an utterly wonderful, timeless magical adventure packed with all the best things about children’s fiction.”


Anna James
Author of Pages & Co


“A timeless fantasy adventure perfect for fans of the Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings. I loved it.”


Katherine Webber Tsang
Author of Dragon Mountain