The New Policeman

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The New Policeman
The New Policeman cover.jpg
Front cover of unknown edition
Author Kate Thompson
Cover artist Paul Hess[1]
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Liddy[1]
Genre Children's fantasy novel
Publisher The Bodley Head
Publication date
May 2005
Pages 407 pp (first edition)
ISBN 037032823X
OCLC 441364138
LC Class PZ7.T3715965 Ne 2007[2]

The New Policeman is a children's fantasy novel by Kate Thompson, published by Bodley Head in 2005. Set in Kinvara, Ireland, it features a teenage boy, J. J. Liddy, who learns that "time is leaking from his world into Tir na nOg, the land of the fairies".[3] It inaugurated a series that is sometimes called Liddy.[1]

Thompson and The New Policeman won two important annual awards, the Whitbread Children's Book Award[4] and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.[5]

The novel also won the inaugural Irish BA Award for Children's Books in 2006.[6]

HarperCollins published the first U.S. edition under its Greenwillow Books imprint in February 2007.[1][2]

A Chinese-language edition was published in 2008 with illustrations and music.[7]


There are three novels in the Liddy series, summing more than 1100 pages in their first editions.[1]

  • The New Policeman (Bodley Head, May 2005, 0-370-32823-X)
  • The Last of the High Kings (Bodley Head, June 2007, 0-370-32925-2)
  • The White Horse Trick (Red Fox, April 2010, 978-1-86230-941-8)

As of September 2011, HarperCollins/Greenwillow has published U.S. editions of all three.


  1. ^ a b c d e Liddy series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB). Retrieved 2012-08-01. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
  2. ^ a b "The new policeman" (first U.S. edition). Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  3. ^ WorldCat. 2012-08-01.
  4. ^ "THE WHITBREAD BOOK AWARDS" (PDF). Costa Book Awards. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2005". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  6. ^ "The New Policeman". Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  7. ^ Xun zhao shi jian de ren (first Chinese edition). WorldCat. Retrieved 2012-08-01.

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