HarperCollins is delighted to announce that the new children’s fiction book from David Walliams will be called The Midnight Gang and will publish on 3rd November. The book tells an extraordinarily heartwarming and funny story of five children on a hospital ward, on a quest for adventure.


In what has already been a phenomenally successful publishing year for the UK’s biggest children’s fiction author, David Walliam’s next book, The Midnight Gang has all the hallmarks of a classic. This heart-warming, humorous tale is set to be the publishing event of the season, making the gift of a Walliams story a must-have for every child this Christmas.

When the clock strikes midnight most children are fast asleep, but for The Midnight Gang the journey is just beginning. This extraordinary story of five children in a wonderfully inventive and eccentric hospital setting promises to take fans from around the globe on an unmissable midnight adventure. A story of friendship, theatre and magic – and of making dreams come true.

Since making his debut into the world of children’s literature in 2008, David has celebrated exceptional success and growth that has fuelled the children’s book market.

His global sales total over 14 million copies and his work has been translated into 49 languages. This year alone he has already achieved two weeks as overall industry number one and eleven weeks at the top of the children’s bestseller chart with his spring collection of short stories The World’s Worst Children. His previous fiction novel, Grandpa’s Great Escape was the biggest-selling children’s book of 2015.

David Walliams said:

“It’s by far my most ambitious book, dealing with some serious themes in what I hope is an entertaining and amusing way. It tells the story of five children trapped in a hospital ward, who are all longing for adventure.”

Executive Publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh said,

“I’m especially proud to be publishing David’s new book this year. It’s such a beautiful, brave and big-hearted story, full of warmth and humour. David’s ability to depict the hopes, deep-felt fears and dreams of his young characters show what a genius he has for storytelling. Gently poignant, exquisitely funny, tender and touching, this is an utterly original and unforgettable adventure. A true Walliams Classic – it will touch the hearts of young and old this Christmas.”.