Wow! With that kind of reading ability how about Mortal Engines Philllip Reeve? Quite dark but nothing too nasty. Scifi/steampunk. Or Diana Wynne Jones? (big influence on JK Rowling). Witch Week and Charmed Life good.
Thanks jade80, think I will get Amber Spyglass out of the library and see how he goes with that
jongleuse - thanks Am hoping the computer programming will keep me in the style to which I intend to become accustomed, but am not sure it's ideal bedtime reading. Thanks for the suggestions too, will check them out.