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Giles Paley-Phillips

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Giles Paley-Phillips (born 15 October 1977) is an English author of fiction for children and adults, podcast producer and host.

Giles Paley-Phillips
Born (1977-10-15) 15 October 1977 (age 46)
Brighton, East Sussex, England
SpouseMichelle Paley-Phillips

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Early Life[edit]

Giles Paley-Phillips was born on 15 October 1977 in Brighton.[1]. He grew up in Seaford, East Sussex[2].


After neglecting his education to pursue a career in music[3], Paley-Phillips spent a number of years performing in the UK, including at Glastonbury Festival, in a band called Little Ten.[1][4] In 2006, Paley-Phillips turned his hand to writing and released a collection of poems in aid of Leukaemia Research, having lost his mother to Leukaemia at the age of 6[5][6]. At the age of 29, after the birth of his first son, Paley-Phillips turned his attention to children's writing[7] and wrote There's a Lion in my Bathroom: Nonsense Poetry for Children, which was published in 2010 by Rebel Books LLP[8]. Inspired to write picture books which his sons would enjoy[9], in 2011, Paley-Phillips released his second children's picture book, The Fearsome Beastie, which was published by Maverick Arts Publishing[10][11] and went on to win the People's Book Prize 2012 and the Hawick Book Award 2013[12]. In 2019, Paley-Phillips released a collaborative bedtime story with Indeed, called 'Tick Tock Till Bedtime', to help working parents have conversations with their children about the working world[13][14].

After releasing a number of picture books for children, in 2020, Paley-Phillips released his first book for adults, One Hundred and Fifty-Two Days, a semi-autobiographical free-verse novella[12]. Based loosely on Paley-Phillips' own experiences of losing a parent at a young age, One Hundred and Fifty-Two Days follows the story of a teenage boy who is coping with his mother's terminal illness[3]. Paley-Phillips' second fiction novel, A Little Piece of Mind will be released March 2022[15].

Paley-Phillips has made several television appearances, such as ITV's Good Morning Britain and BBC Two's Eggheads. He is also a judge on ITV's Share a Story[16][17].

In 2018, Paley-Phillips launched the interview podcast, Blank, with co-host Jim Daly[12]. The podcast serves as an informal interview with notable people in politics, broadcasting, the arts and sports and has featured guests such as Stephen Fry[18], Gary Linekar[19], Louis Theroux[20] and Dawn French[21]. The podcast's success was succeeded in 2021 by the publication of a book of the same name; Blank: Why It's Fine to Falter and Fail, and How to Pick Yourself Up Again[22]. The book served as a compilation of the common setbacks and life-lessons experienced by guests on the podcast[22].

Paley-Phillips co-hosts the podcast A Little Bit of Positive alongside Julia Bradbury[23][24] and has appeared as a guest on several other podcasts, such as the Humourology Podcast[25], the Comedy Arcade[26] and the Dead Parent Club[27].

Paley-Phillips is an ambassador, celebrity guest blogger and supporter of Action Aid UK[28].

Personal Life[edit]

Paley-Phillips is married to Michelle Paley-Phillips and they have two children and a cat[16][6][29]. He resides in Seaford, East Sussex[12].

Paley-Phillips has spoken openly about how losing his mother and father at such a young age (6 and 20 respectively) has shaped him as a person and how he has dealt with loss and grief[6]. In an interview with The Canary, Paley-Phillips described the process of writing the semi-autobiographic novella, One Hundred and Fifty-Two Days, as 'cathartic' and 'bruising', as the recurring themes of grief and loss mirror his own personal experiences[3]. As a result of his own personal experiences with familial loss, Paley-Phillips has undertaken fundraising for charities, such as Blood Cancer UK, Family Support Work and Leukaemia Research[5][30]. He is also an advocate of several mental-health charities, such as Mind, Samaritans and Anxiety UK[31][32]


Children's books[edit]

  • There's a Lion in my Bathroom: Nonsense Poetry for Children (Rebel Books LLP, 2010)
  • The Fearsome Beastie (Maverick Arts Publishing, 2011)
  • Tamara Small and the Monster's Ball (Maverick Arts Publishing, 2012)
  • Things You Never Knew About Dinosaurs (Meadowside Picture Books, 2013)
  • Princess Stay Awake (Maverick Arts Publishing, 2014)
  • Little Bell and the Moon (Fat Fox Books, 2015)
  • Things You Never Knew About Santa Claus (Parragon, 2017)
  • Things You Never Knew About Dogs (Parragon, 2018)
  • Tick Tock Till Bedtime (Indeed, 2019)


  • One Hundred and Fifty-Two Days (Unbound, 2020)
  • A Little Piece of Mind (Unbound, 2022)


  • Blank: Why it's Fine to Falter and Fail, and How to Pick Yourself Up Again (Quadrille Publishing, 2021)


  1. 1.0 1.1 LoveReading4Kids. "Giles Paley-Phillips Books | LoveReading4Kids". Retrieved 2021-07-22. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "My home town has become one of the most sought after places to live on the south coast, nice to see it getting the props it deserves". Twitter. Retrieved 2021-07-26. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "An author's book on childhood trauma is a searingly brave move". The Canary. 15 January 2019.
  4. Veronique (2014-07-20). "Dream Jobs: An Interview With Children's Author Giles Paley-Phillips". Living on Fascination. Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Poet's Second Collection Benefits Cancer Patients". The Brighton Magazine. 11 April 2007.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Couple's charming photobooth pictures document every year of their relationship spanning 14 years and two children". Daily Mail. 29 July 2014.
  7. "Q&A with Giles Paley-Phillips, author of There's a Lion in my Bathroom - Books2All". Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  8. "There's a Lion in My Bathroom". Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  9. Harding, Natasha (21 December 2012). "I write for boys so there are many monsters". The Sun.
  10. "The Fearsome Beastie". Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  11. "The Fearsome Beastie". Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 "Giles Paley-Phillips". Lindsay Literary Agency. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. "SAD BEDTIME STORY 1 in 3 Brit parents work too late to tuck their kids into bed 3 nights a week". The Sun. 7 May 2019.
  14. "One in three working parents miss children's bedtime at least three nights a week, study claims". Independent. 7 May 2019.
  15. A Little Piece of Mind. Search this book on
  16. 16.0 16.1 "A picture perfect family". ITV. Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  17. "Giles Paley-Phillips | Author | Author Interviews". Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  18. Dan, Sales (26 January 2021). "Stephen Fry says Eton pupils are just as likely to self-harm as children from rough state schools and should not be dismissed as 'privileged'". Daily Mail.
  19. James, Brinsford (25 April 2019). "Gary Lineker reveals his 'heartbreaking fears' as son George battled leukaemia". Mirror.
  20. James, Brinsford (20 May 2019). "Louis Theroux reveals 'dark fear' that could stop him making TV documentaries". Mirror.
  21. "Blank Podcast with Giles Paley-Phillips & Jim Daly on acast". acast. Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  22. 22.0 22.1 "Blank". Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  23. Dove, Ella (2020-05-22). "Julia Bradbury explains how she's looking after her mental health during lockdown". Good Housekeeping. Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  24. White 2020-07-29T10:00:00Z, Jack (2020-07-29). "'We need to focus on what's really important now' Julia Bradbury on how we can make a difference when it comes to looking after the planet". Woman and Home Magazine. Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  25. Boross, Paul. "Giles Paley-Phillips The Power of Positive Linking - Paul Boross". Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  26. Vinegar & Milk Together? They're Natural Enemies! - With Giles Paley-Phillips, Esyllt Sears and Thom Tuck | The Comedy Arcade, retrieved 2021-07-26
  27. "Episode 6 - Losing mum and dad with Giles Paley-Phillips". Dead Parent Club. 2021-04-15. Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  28. "Giles Paley-Phillips: Celebrity Guest Blogger". Retrieved 2021-07-26. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  29. "This cat!". Twitter. Retrieved 2021-07-26. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  30. "Shed a few tears today watching a video of my mum & I just months before she died from leukaemia, campaigning to force the government of the day to match the fundraising for research". Twitter. Retrieved 2021-07-26. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  31. "The mental health issues related to lockdown and the pandemic are especially hard for people with depression". Twitter. Retrieved 2021-07-26. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  32. "If you're struggling right now please make sure you reach out, you matter and there are people who want to listen and support you". Twitter. Retrieved 2021-07-26. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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