Archie’s Apple by Hannah Shuckburgh and Octavia Mackenzie


‘Sweet, funny and utterly unique…at once completely of its era, and yet harks back to a nostalgic, simpler time. Mackenzie’s handpainted watercolours are rooted in the landscape – a hymn to the English countryside.’ Beatrice Hodgkin, Financial Times.

Have you ever dreamt of making a discovery?

Inspired by a true story, Archie’s Apple tells of how one boy discovers a new variety of apple while out walking, and hits the headlines around the world.

Archie lives with his father in a stone cottage close to a dark wood. Every day and in every season Archie plays in the wood, watching and hearing nature. But one day deep in the woods he finds an apple, quite unlike any apple he’s ever seen or eaten. His discovery takes them on an adventure that neither he nor his dad could have foreseen.

This enchanting, intricate picture book by Hannah Shuckburgh and Octavia Mackenzie, illustrated with original watercolours, takes you on a journey through Archie’s discovery to the brink of world-wide fame and back again, and has much to tell us about the wild power of nature, and the value of noticing.

Picture Book hardback, suitable for reading aloud to children, or as a first reader. Booksellers and Press: download the advanced information for more details: Archies Apple AI FINAL


Octavia and Hannah photographed by  Dave Watts.


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Octavia Mackenzie is an artist and illustrator based in Somerset. A childhood spent between the Far East and the Highlands of Scotland instilled a love of exploring landscapes. Best known for her reverse glass paintings, her work is inspired by long walks in nature, the plants she grows and wildlife. Archie’s Apple is her first picture book.

Hannah Shuckburgh is a writer and stylist. Formerly a features editor, she now writes about art and interiors for magazines and newspapers. She lives with her husband and two young sons on the border of Wiltshire and Dorset. Archie’s Apple is her first picture book.


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Weight300 g


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