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Ben Manley


I write and publish picture books, fantasy fiction, detective stories, essays and surreal web fiction. If you like what you read below, I'd love to hear from you.

Short Stories

  • Minimus

    I am ridiculous to you – deformed, abnormal, inhuman. Why do you see me as a beast? I am a man.

  • The Embarrass­ment of Rubuth­not

    Could I have prevented what happened? Perhaps. But what happened to Rubuthnot was his own fault. I am convinced of that.

  • Quiet as a Mouse

    I’m not sure why I did it. Sure, the window was ajar and all the lights were out. And I had been drinking. But that’s not a reason.


  • Vampire Peter

    Vampire Peter

    By Ben Manley & Hannah Peck

    Everyone says Peter is the baddest boy in school. The fact that he's a vampire might have something to do with it, but does he really deserve his reputation?

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  • Albert Talbot: Master of Disguise

    Albert Talbot: Master of Disguise

    By Ben Manley & Aurélie Guillerey

    It’s tough being Albert. Even the walk to school can feel daunting when you’re little. But life is an adventure for Rusti Buffels, Fearless Mountaineer! Show and tell? Easy when you’re Octavius Pickleswick, Mechanical Engineer. Whatever it takes to make it through to bedtime.

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  • The Misadventures of Frederick

    The Misadventures of Frederick

    By Ben Manley & Emma Chichester Clark

    A poetic and playful tale about the joys of going outside and having adventures – beautifully illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, creator of Plumdog.

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  • Sycamore Family Tree

    Sycamore Family Tree

    By Ben Manley & Rebecca Manley

    Barking Babies! Speeding Grannies! Haunted Gold! It's Sycamore Family Tree – an interactive ebook for Apple Books!

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