Today's feature is a further look in one particular author mentioned in that post as one of my favorites, (and show off my collection of their books). Today's feature is... dun dun dundaaaan....
Former British diplomat and Oxfam policy adviser, she has now published over fifty books in genres ranging from historical adventure to fantasy. Read carefully and you’ll spot all sorts of material from her diplomatic and Oxfam careers popping up in unexpected places. She has a doctorate in English literature from Oxford.
Studying for this prompted her to write her first novel, ‘The Diamond of Drury Lane’, set in 1790 and told by her intrepid heroine, Cat Royal. It went on to win the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2006 and the Nestle Children’s Book Prize 2006 (formerly known as the Smarties Prize). In the US, ‘Secret of the Sirens’ won the honor book medal of the Green Earth Book Award. ‘Dragonfly’ won the 2012 Beehive Book Award, Young Adult Division, given by the Children’s Literature Association of Utah and voted on by readers in schools and public libraries.
Writing as Stirling, ‘Finding Sky’ was shortlisted for the German Children’s Literature Award 2013. Struck (originally published as Storm and Stone) won both the YA Romantic Novel and overall prize of the Romantic Novel of the Year 2015 – the first YA book to win the top prize in the long history of this prestigious award. This inspired her to write her first adult novel, ‘Don’t Trust Me’.
Over three-quarter of a million of her books have been sold worldwide in many languages.
*Side note, my collection of her Struck series is not in the photos because they are popular within my friend group and is currently being borrowed*