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Robert Muchamore
Robert at a CHERUB book signing in Lisbon (2011)
Robert at a CHERUB book signing in Lisbon (2011)
BornRobert Kilgore Muchamore
(1972-12-26) 26 December 1972 (age 47)
London, England
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 Tufnell Park, London, and is the youngest of four children.[1] Muchamore grew up in Tufnell Park and attended St. Johns Upper Holloway and Acland Burghley School, leaving with a D in A-Level Economics and aspired to be either an architect, photographer or writer.[2][3]



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 orphaned children and trains them as spies. 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 the age of ten. Basic training is a gruelling, tiresome 100-day course that prepares CHERUBs for the dangers they could face during missions. CHERUB agents are then eligible for missions upon completion. Once passed basic training, agents take part in missions, before retiring at the age of seventeen.[6]

Muchamore has written and published seventeen CHERUB novels and a World Book Day novella which combined have sold over 15 million copies.[7]

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

Henderson's Boys[edit]

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.[9] 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.[10]

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,[11] was released in August 2011. Guardian Angel[12] was released in September 2012, Black Friday[13] 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 The Audition was released for World Book Day 2014. The second book in the series, Boot Camp, was published in October 2015. The third book in the series, Gone Wild, was published in October 2016, while the fourth and final book in the series, Crash Landing, was published in October 2017.

Robin Hood[edit]

In February 2019, Muchamore announced that he would be writing a new series, based on Robin Hood and set in the 2020s. The series is planned to span at least four books.[14]

Hacking Heists & Flaming Arrows, the first book in the series, was published on 2 April 2020.

Piracy, Paintballs & Zebras, the second book in the series, will be published in January 2021.

Jetskis, Swamps & Smugglers, the third, will be published in late 2021.

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.[15]

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.

Killer T is Muchamore's first standalone novel, and was published in September 2018.[16] It is set in Las Vegas in the near future, when genetic modifications are commonplace. It tells a story bridging 10 years of the lives of Harry and Charlie, aged 13 and 12 at the start of the book.

Arctic Zoo is Muchamore's second standalone novel, and was published in July 2019. It follows two teenagers living very different lives, and features themes of protest, sexuality, mental health and flawed leadership.



CHERUB: Series 2 (Aramov)[edit]

Henderson's Boys[edit]

Rock War[edit]

Robin Hood[edit]

  • Hacking Heists & Flaming Arrows (April 2020)
  • Piracy, Paintballs & Zebras (January 2021)
  • Jetskis, Swamps & Smugglers (late 2021)


  • Killer T (September 2018)
  • Arctic Zoo (July 2019)


  1. ^ Muchamore, Robert. "Biography - Robert Muchamore". Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  2. ^ Henderson’s Boys author, Robert Muchamore, returns to inspire youngsters at old school | Camden New Journal Archived 13 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Muchamore, Robert. "Biography 2 - Robert Muchamore". Archived from the original on 25 February 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Live Chat with Robert Muchamore". Richard & Judy Book Club. 22 October 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2009.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Muchamore, Robert. "Author & Website FAQ - What was your inspiration to write books?". Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2009.
  6. ^ Muchamore, Robert. The Recruit. CHERUB.
  7. ^ Muchamore, Robert (14 April 2019). "15 Years of CHERUB - Infographic".
  8. ^ Muchamore, Robert. "FAQ CHERUB - When will a certain book be released in my country?". Archived from the original on 19 January 2009.
  9. ^ "Henderson's Boys: The Escape". Archived from the original on 29 January 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2009.
  10. ^ Muchamore, Robert. "FAQ Henderson's Boys". Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2009.
  11. ^ Muchamore, Robert. "People's Republic". Archived from the original on 29 November 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  12. ^ Muchamore, Robert. "Guardian Angel". Archived from the original on 29 November 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  13. ^ Muchamore, Robert. "Black Friday". Archived from the original on 9 December 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  14. ^ Muchamore, Robert. "Robin Hood". MUCHAMORE.COM. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  15. ^ Muchamore, Robert. "Home FAQ". Archived from the original on 20 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  16. ^ Onwuemezi, Natasha (3 March 2017). "Hot Key bags new YA books from Robert Muchamore". Retrieved 7 March 2017.

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