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Robert Muchamore

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Robert Muchamore
Robert Muchamore - Lisbon Book Fair 2011 (2).jpg
Robert at a CHERUB book signing in Lisbon (2011)
Born Robert Kilgore Muchamore
(1972-12-26) 26 December 1972 (age 43)
London, England
Occupation Novelist
Notable works

Robert Muchamore (born 26 December 1972) is an English author, most notable for writing the CHERUB and Henderson's Boys novels.

Early life[edit]

Robert Muchamore was born in London, and is the youngest of four children.[1] Muchamore grew up in Tufnell Park and attended St. Johns Upper Holloway and Acland Burghley, leaving with a D in A Level economics and the hope of becoming an architect, photographer or writer.[2][3] After realising training as an architect would require "too much work," and a Saturday job in a camera shop put him off being a photographer, he turned to writing. However, when he found his writing was not to a quality he would have liked, he gave up and secured a job as an office junior for a private investigation firm in 1991. He describes the 1990s for him as "pretty dull".[3]



Main article: CHERUB

Robert Muchamore started writing the CHERUB novels because his nephew in Australia could not find any novels that he liked reading.[4] He tried to write novels that he would have enjoyed reading when he was an adolescent, a time when he remembers being too old for children's novels but not old enough to read adult novels.[5]

The CHERUB series follows the life of a character named James Adams (formerly James Choke) and his younger half sister Lauren Adams (formerly Lauren Onions), a member of CHERUB (Charles Henderson's espionage research unit B), a top-secret branch of the British Secret Service. The organisation recruits orphan children and trains them as intelligence officers. Once qualified, they are used to investigate targets ranging from international terrorists to gang leaders. As children, they are considered innocent by their targets. CHERUB agents start basic training at aged 10. Basic training is a 100-day course that prepares CHERUBs for the dangers they may face during missions. CHERUB agents are then eligible for missions. Once passed basic training, agents take part in missions, before retiring at age 17.[6]

Muchamore has written and published sixteen CHERUB novels and a World Book Day novella.

The CHERUB series has been sold in more than 20 different countries[7] and has won various awards. Most notably, The Recruit has won 8 literature awards.

Henderson's Boys[edit]

Main article: Henderson's Boys

Muchamore has authored a second series of novels about the origins of CHERUB entitled Henderson's Boys. The first, The Escape, was released on 5 February 2009 in the UK.[8] Six novels followed, with the seventh and final novel, Scorched Earth, being released in February 2013.

The Henderson's Boys novels are set during World War II and follow Charles Henderson, a British secret agent, as he creates the organisation later featured in the CHERUB series. The novels centre around four children: Marc Kilgour, Paul Clarke, Rosie Clarke, and PT Bivott.[9]

CHERUB: Series 2 (Aramov)[edit]

The second series of CHERUB books is subtitled Aramov, so-called because the antagonists of the first three books of the series are the Aramov Clan. The first novel, People's Republic,[10] was released in August 2011. Guardian Angel[11] was released in September 2012, Black Friday[12] was released in September 2013, and Lone Wolf was released in September 2014. The final book in the series, New Guard, was released in June 2016.

Rock War[edit]

In 2014 it was announced that he would be writing another novel, Rock War, which has no connection to CHERUB or Henderson Boys. It was published on 27 February 2014, and follows the story of Jay, Summer and Dylan entering a musical competition. A novella titled Rock War: The Audition was released for World Book Day 2014.

Other novels[edit]

Home is another novel written by Robert Muchamore. It was deemed too violent to be published by any children's publisher that Muchamore approached, so it was never published. The story follows civil war in an unstated central African state, but most probably the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The full novel has been released by the author online.[13]

In between writing The Recruit and Class A, Muchamore wrote a novel called Little Criminals. He posted the first two chapters onto the CHERUB series official forum, to see what his fans thought. Unlike Home, Muchamore has not published the rest of the text on his fan forum because he still holds out some hope that it will be published.



CHERUB: Series 2 (Aramov)[edit]

Henderson's Boys[edit]

Rock War[edit]

  • Rock War (February 2014)
  • Boot Camp (October 2015)
  • Gone Wild (October 2016)
  • Crash Landing (Late 2017) (End of Rock War saga)


  1. ^ Muchamore, Robert. "Biography - Robert Muchamore". Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Henderson’s Boys author, Robert Muchamore, returns to inspire youngsters at old school | Camden New Journal
  3. ^ a b Muchamore, Robert. "Biography 2 - Robert Muchamore". Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Live Chat with Robert Muchamore". Richard & Judy Book Club. 22 October 2007. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  5. ^ Muchamore, Robert. "Author & Website FAQ - What was your inspiration to write books?". Retrieved 11 January 2009. 
  6. ^ Muchamore, Robert. The Recruit. CHERUB. 
  7. ^ Muchamore, Robert. "FAQ CHERUB - When will a certain book be released in my country?". 
  8. ^ "Henderson's Boys: The Escape". Retrieved 11 January 2009. 
  9. ^ Muchamore, Robert. "FAQ Henderson's Boys". Retrieved 11 January 2009. 
  10. ^ Muchamore, Robert. "People's Republic". Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  11. ^ Muchamore, Robert. "Guardian Angel". Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  12. ^ Muchamore, Robert. "Black Friday". Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  13. ^ Muchamore, Robert. "Home FAQ". Retrieved 30 August 2014. 

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