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Established in 2010 by Shaun Russell and Justin Chaloner, Candy Jar Books is a growing publishing company with ambitious plans for the future.

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Shaun Russell (Head of Publishing) has a background in television production, marketing and journalism and has worked for ITV, Channel 5, GMTV and The Children's Channel. He has excellent contacts throughout the media in both television and print journalism and possesses a keen commercial sensibility. Responsible for overseeing book production, he is also heavily involved in marketing our titles.

Will Rees (Editorial Co-ordinator) is a graduate of Cardiff University with a degree in English Literature. He has a background in multi-media sales and joined Candy Jar full-time after completing a work experience placement.

Keren Williams (Publishing Co-ordinator) has a degree in English and Creative Writing, where her passion for both children’s literature and digital media excelled. Her favourite children’s novels are J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – two fiercely written novels that are timeless to her. After volunteering at the well loved children’s charity, Barnardos, Keren applied for the role at Candy Jar Books and is now heavily involved in the production of all children’s titles.

Andy Frankham-Allen (Project Editor) has worked as an author for Big Finish, Hirst Books and Untreed Reads. As an editor he was responsible for the steampunk series of eBooks, Space: 1889 & Beyond. He is now our project editor, working primarily on commissioning and overseeing our Lethbridge-Stewart series of books, as well as providing editorial work on some of our more popular titles such as Tommy Parker: Destiny Will Find You.


Terry Cooper was born in London in 1969 and moved to the Welsh Valleys in 1980. After almost succeeding in the music industry supporting East 17 on tour around the UK, Terry went back to his artistic roots and worked for various film and television companies. He has since graduated from the University of Glamorgan with a degree in Computer Animation and set-up his own CGI company, Strangetown Animation. Terry released his first book Kangazang! Remote Possibilities in 2008. He has since released two more instalments and the children's book Monsters Next Door.

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