Lyn Gardner was born in London. A theatre critic on The Guardian, she goes to the theatre five or six nights a week, which should leave no time for writing books at all. Prior to joining The Guardian she was a tea lady, a waitress, sold (or failed to sell) advertising space for a magazine called Sludge, wrote for The Independent and helped found the London listings magazine, City Limits, the largest publishing co-op in Europe. She and her two daughters have one venerable goldfish (there were two, but one came to a tragic end) and a horse--who is the most demanding, temperamental and expensive member of the family.
The Ghastly McNastys are the meanest pirates to ever sail the seven seas and are completely obsessed with treasure! They are closing in on Captain Syd's legendary hoard, but a film crew has come to Little Snoring and is right in their way. But there's a stroke of luck - they are making a pirate movie, and the McNastys think they can work as extras and steal the treasure! Youngsters Tat and Hetty have outwitted them before and can see what the dastardly duo is really up to - but will anyone believe them?