Troubador The Dinner Club and Other Stories

Released: 01/09/2013

ISBN: 9781783060603

eISBN: 9781800469389

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Dinner Club and Other Stories


Being on home dinners gives Aidan the chance to make some money... A bridesmaid and a page chase a runaway wedding cake... Mia and her Dad turn detective...

These are just some of the tales in Rob Keeley’s new collection. You can also read about the strange new craze started by Erin, the mystery guest at the school reunion, and more from Liam and Justin. Plus, Beech Class find themselves in charge of the whole school for a day, as they give the teachers a taste of Pupil Power...

There are even seven bonus stories of just seven words each! Rob Keeley’s unique combination of traditional children’s storytelling techniques with awareness of the world in which young people now live creates nine more highly accessible stories for children today. Reviews have recognised Rob’s ability accurately to convey peer group interaction, classroom interaction and family relationships, within the context of the well-observed and humorous short story.

The Dinner Club and Other Stories sees a slight shift away from the fantasy elements of previous books to a style of story more rooted in the here and now. However, all the most popular characters and set-ups from the first two books are present here, along with many new characters and some innovative storylines.

For all the latest news and reviews, check out My Stories and News at

7 December 2021

The eBook of Carrots Don't Grow On Trees! went on NetGalley today and is available for review.

28 November 2021

It's publication day for Carrots Don't Grow On Trees!

25 November 2021

Meera has designed a fabulous animated cover for my new picture book for the under-7s, Carrots Don't Grow On Trees! View it on Matador's Facebook and Instagram and on their YouTube channel.

The book is published this Sunday, 28 November!

15 November 2021

The Treasure in the Tower has been included in Matador's Christmas campaign, The Timeless Gift of Christmas! Order the book here and use the code BIGDEAL to get 40% off!

25 October 2021

Carrots Don't Grow On Trees! is printed and is now available from my publisher Matador Books' bookshop, with other retailers following shortly.

5 October 2021

My local newspaper, the Wirral Globe, has given Carrots Don't Grow On Trees! a lovely write-up! Read it here and at Published November 2021.

22 July 2021

My new picture book, Carrots Don't Grow On Trees!, will be published by Matador Books in November 2021! It will once again be illustrated by Simon Goodway and will contain a range of fun activities to make this a truly interactive story. Read more about the book here and at

7 June 2021

You can now buy my books direct from me! Every copy signed. Personalised messages available. Free P&P. Bulk discounts for schools and events! See for more details.

11 March 2021

The Dinner Club and Other Stories and all the Spirits novels are now available as eBooks! This means all my books for children are now in electronic format. They are available from online booksellers and libraries.

4 March 2021

Happy World Book Day! There's a special video message from me, on my Twitter...

1 March 2021

It's my tenth anniversary today as a published author! The Alien in the Garage, my first book, was published on 1 March 2011.

I'd like to thank Troubador Publishing Ltd, my web designer Aimee Coveney, my illustrator Simon Goodway and all involved in producing and marketing my books over the last ten years.

There's a special giveaway going on, over on Twitter, where you can win free downloads of the eBooks of The Alien in the Garage and The Treasure in the Tower (my first and most recent books). Grown-ups, please enter for young readers!

19 January 2021

SAVE THE DATE! The online launch for The Treasure in the Tower will be on its trade publication date, Thursday 28 January, on Twitter at 8pm. With a very special video and a live Q&A! More to follow. Bring the family!

31 December 2020

The Treasure in the Tower has been voted one of The Bookbag website's Top 10 Indie Books for 2020! Read more at

A Happy New Year to all my readers!

18 December 2020 relaunches today with a brand new look! Check out the new carousel on the Home page with links to all my books on My Stories, the latest reviews, links and quiz for The Treasure in the Tower, and new graphics throughout!

I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Look out for exciting new book news in 2021!

5 November 2020

Troubador is now on, which aims to give an online platform to independent bookshops and bring their books to a wider audience! All of my books are now available here, as well as from Troubador's own Bookshop on this site, and links have been added at - where you can also find more order links for The Treasure in the Tower.

7 October 2020

Great news - the eBook of my new novel for the 8-12s, The Treasure in the Tower, is now available for pre-order on Apple Books! It will be exclusive to Apple until 20 October. First chance to order your copy!

26 September 2020

I am on author, teacher and vlogger Edvin Palmer's YouTube channel today, talking about creativity, the writing process and how my early life and family turned me into a writer...

22 September 2020

My new novel for the 8-12s, The Treasure in the Tower, will be published by Troubador in the run-up to Christmas 2020! Click on the cover to visit its page.

28 July 2020

There's a sale on my books for children at Troubador, with most available at half price! Explore ghostly houses with Ellie, play football with Liam and Justin or meet Favourite People, with 50% off! Visit the Bookshop section.

24 July 2020

Paper Nations has republished the opening of my Stay At Home Literary Festival children's story 'Lockdown', with a piece about me, as part of its project The Great Margin. Find out what Liam and Justin did in quarantine!

Check out their further happenings in The Alien in the Garage, The (Fairly) Magic Show and The Dinner Club collections available in Troubador's Bookshop!

20 April 2020

I have written a 30-page PDF booklet, Rob Keeley's Story Starters, part-based on the writing prompts I wrote for the Stay At Home Literary Festival and used with their kind permission. These Story Starters have now been expanded into a fun two-week Creative Writing course for young people, suitable for Key Stages 2 and 3.

This is available to parents, teachers, schools, homeschools and children's libraries (or anyone who wants some fun writing activities) in the UK for just £10! Email me via

10 April 2020

My Stay At Home Literary Festival story for children is now available to view FREE on the Festival website - and it's the first new Liam and Justin story in five years! Read 'Lockdown' here:

7 April 2020

Childish Spirits has received another award longlisting, for the WriteMentor Children's Novel Award, and was given an honourable mention too! My thanks to their judges. Read more at

27 March 2020

I have been made Children's Writer in Residence for the Stay-at-Home! online literary festival! I was already booked to do a Q&A at this, and this will still take place, alongside activities for young readers. The festival runs from today, 27 March until 11 April, entirely on the Internet! So, here's what will be happening:

- I will be tweeting a writing prompt for children each day during the Festival! Great for families homeschooling or young people still at school. Follow me at and tweet back with the hashtag #StayAtHomeFest. If you write something based on these, tweet a picture of it using the hashtag and I'll retweet.

- I'll be writing a children's story especially for the Festival website. More on this soon!

- I'll be doing my Q&A on Twitter from 3-4pm next Friday, 3 April. Come and join me via the link above and again, use the hashtag #StayAtHomeFest.

My thanks to the Festival organisers - it's great to be representing children's literature at such a historic event. Check and for more news!

8 November 2019

Bookings now being taken for school, library and Creative Writing workshops for the New Year - and some slots still available for this term. Teachers, librarians, get in touch! FREE books with every booking. See free brochure on the Home page at

20 July 2019

Spotlight on Childish Spirits and its audiobook today, on The Cozy Pages! My thanks to Nina. You can view the entire feature here:

9 July 2019

Two linked reviews today for the Childish Spirits audiobook - all the way from Hawaii! My thanks to Yolanda. An extract has been added to My Stories at and you can view the entire articles here:

10 June 2019

The audiobook of Childish Spirits, read by Sally Millest, is now on sale! Links are being added to the book's My Stories page and the Links page at

10 May 2019

The eBook of Childish Spirits is now on sale and is available from Amazon, Google Play and iBooks, among others. Links have been added here and will be shortly at

3 May 2019

The audiobook of Childish Spirits will be available soon from Audible and iTunes and...! I can now announce that an eBook version will be published too! This is the first Spirits novel to be converted to the eBook format(s) and I hope more will follow. It will be available from all the usual e-retailers. More soon...

15 April 2019

I will be on Radio Local this weekend, broadcasting live from the Cherry Tree Shopping Centre, Liscard, Wirral! This is a new radio station broadcast straight from high streets in a 12-hour show, built for and with the places it visits, hosted by comedy duo Hunt and Darton and various local guest presenters and providing twelve hours of art on the airwaves!

I will be on-air at 5.30pm on Easter Saturday (20 April), as part of Story Time, reading 'Pupil Power' from The Dinner Club and Other Stories.

Tune in via Radio Wirral by downloading the Radio Wirral app, ask your smart speaker to 'Play Radio Wirral' or on Tune In:

More updates will be posted on Twitter @RobKeeleyAuthor.

8 April 2019

I will be holding a FREE Creative Writing introductory workshop for adults at Wallasey Central Library on Friday 17 May from 2-4pm, as part of Get Creative Week. Book now to get your place!

27 February 2019

New interview with me at SouthWaves Audio today! View it here:

4 February 2019

My first Spirits novel, Childish Spirits, is to be recorded as an audiobook! It will be produced by my publisher Matador and available exclusively through Audible (Amazon) and iTunes (Apple). More news soon from!

2 January 2019

The Coming of the Spirits has been voted one of The Bookbag's top 10 indie books for 2018!

More soon at

25 October 2018

I will be launching The Coming of the Spirits, the final novel in my Spirits series for children and young adults, on Saturday 1 December from 1-2pm! This will be a pre-Christmas lunchtime signing at:

Linghams Booksellers

248 Telegraph Road



CH60 7SG

Come along, meet me and get your signed copy!

Time, date and details subject to change. Further info will be posted on Twitter @RobKeeleyAuthor.

11 October 2018

The Bookbag has given The Coming of the Spirits a fabulous advance review! Read it under press coverage and at, where you can also find pre-order links for the book.

14 August 2018

The Frost Magazine feature on High Spirits is published today, as part of its win at the Georgina Hawtrey-Woore Awards. Read it here:

10 July 2018

I will be visiting two Storytimes for younger children during the summer, reading My Favourite People:

Friday 20 July - at Wallasey Central Library, 17 Earlston Road, Wallasey, Wirral CH45 5DX - 3.30pm

Saturday 11 August - at Linghams Booksellers, 248 Telegraph Road, Heswall, Wirral CH60 7SG - 11.00am - to be followed by a signing of the book.

Bring the family along - it would be great to see you there!

Meanwhile, for older kids, The Alien in the Garage is entering its second print run! Check it out!

6 June 2018

Great news - High Spirits, my fourth Spirits novel, has won an award! It's won second prize in the Young Adult category of the Georgina Hawtrey-Woore independent author awards run by Words for the Wounded. More soon at!

22 January 2018

The cover for my first picture book, My Favourite People, is now online! Read about it here at Troubador (click in right margin to view the page) and shortly at (link at bottom right below). For up-to-the-minute news and info, follow me on Twitter @RobKeeleyAuthor.

15 January 2018

Mixed, Matched, Stewed Together, With A Pickle On Top! I give my views on fantasy literature for children, blending genres, and a preview of the final Spirits novel in my guest blog for novelist, columnist and PR guru Stewart Bint!

16 October 2017

A fabulous 5-star review of High Spirits has been posted by Splashes Into Books!

2 October 2017

Pop over to for a full set report from the successful launch of High Spirits!

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Rob Keeley

Hi and welcome to my webpage! My name is Rob Keeley and I'm a writer of short stories, novels and drama, especially for children and a family audience. My novel for older children, High Spirits, was a winner at the Georgina Hawtrey-Woore Awards and my other books for children have been longlisted for the inaugural Bath Children's Novel Award, the WriteMentor Award and the International Rubery Book Award, Highly Commended for the Independent Author Book Award and nominated for the People's Book Prize.

My other credits include writing for the radio series Chain Gang and Newsjack for BBC Radio 4 Extra and fiction and non-fiction for various magazines. I regularly give workshops in schools, bookshops and libraries. Since 2016 I have been a judge for the IGGY and Litro Young Writers' Prize. I am a supporter of the Children's Media Foundation. In 2019 my one-act stage comedy Mr Everyone was listed for the Alfred Bradley and Kenneth Branagh Awards. During lockdown I was Children's Writer in Residence at the Stay at Home Literary Festival, and held online workshops as part of Liverpool Writes. My first novel for adults Death At Friar's Inn was published in eBook by Troubador in March 2022.

For more information, please visit or follow me on Twitter @RobKeeleyAuthor. I hope you enjoy my books.

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