The Last Viking Returns

Tonya ‘Valkyrie’ McCusker launches The Last Viking Returns

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James and Norman with Malcolm, Tonya and Mary McCusker at the official launch


We had two launches for The Last Viking Returns this past week: a mini-launch at the fantastic Beaufort Street Books in Mount Lawley, then a big mammoth launch at the State Library. Tonya McCusker generously dressed up to launch our book with her daughter Mary ably assisting. Hit the jump for more photos.

A huge thank you to Tonya, Mary and Malcolm for attending, along with the Hon. Melissa Parke MP (Federal Member for Fremantle) and Duncan Ord (Director General for the WA Department of Culture and the Arts).

More thank yous to Jo Andrew, Carina McPherson and all the staff at the State Library of WA for helping to organise the launch and for letting our berzerker hordes take over the children’s section; to Chris Owen for MCing, and to his family for preparing the remote-controlled Viking ship (and attaching labels to the exhibition for James!); to Cate Sutherland, Claire Miller, Kate Norman, Tracey Gibbs and the whole team at Fremantle Press; to Jane and the team at Beaufort Street Books, and to all the people who support Norman and I to make our books (that includes you, reader).

Here’s some photos from the two launches.


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Norman and James read to kids at Beaufort Street Books

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It took James all morning to grow that beard

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James drawing for Viklings

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The Last Viking Returns makes its maiden voyage

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The final artwork, along with manuscripts, storyboards and sketches, are on display at the State Library of WA until September 30

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Norman and James signing books like a well-lubricated machine

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Norman’s home-made striker at the start of the launch …

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… and at the end of the launch. Apparently it was a hit.

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Close-up. There are woodchips on the floor, and is that cake mooshed on the top??

The Last Viking Returns is on sale now at your local bookstore and online.


Author: James Foley

James makes books for courageous kids. His books include 'The Amity Kids Adventures', 'In The Lion', 'The Last Viking'. A couple of these books have won awards. People have also bought copies, and for that he is grateful. His new book 'The Last Viking Returns' is out now. Follow James at , @James_R_Foley on twitter and instagram or at

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