Shortlisted Authors

  • Holly Bourne

    Holly Bourne is the author of Am I Normal Yet? (Usborne).

    She graduated with a first class degree in Journalism Studies and spent two years working as a local news reporter on the Surrey Mirror, garnering a nomination for Print Journalist of the Year in 2010. She previously worked for TheSite, an advice and information website for 16-25 year olds which has over 75,000 users each month.

    To support Am I Normal Yet? and Holly, use the hashtag #TeamBourne on social media.

    Read a Q&A with Holly here.

  • Sarah Crossan

    Sarah Crossan is the author of One (Bloomsbury).

    Originally from Dublin, she graduated with a degree in philosophy and literature before training as an English and drama teacher at Cambridge University. She completed her Masters in creative writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing. Her previous novels include Apple & Rain and Weight of Water.

    To support One and Sarah, use the hashtag #TeamCrossan on social media.

    Read a Q&A with Sarah here.

  • Jenny Downham

    Jenny Downham is the author of Unbecoming (David Ficking Books).

    Her debut novel Before I Die, published by David Fickling Books in July 2007, won the Branford Boase prize in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Prize. The film "Now Is Good", starring Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine, was released in September 2012. You Against Me was published by David Fickling Books in December 2010 and won the inaugural Waterstones Teenage Book Prize in 2012.

    To support Unbecoming and Jenny, use the hashtag #TeamDownham on social media.

    Read a Q&A with Jenny here.

  • Frances Hardinge

    Frances Hardinge is the author of The Lie Tree (Macmillan Children's Books).

    She spent a large part of her childhood in a huge old house that inspired her to write strange stories from an early age. She read English at Oxford University, then got a job at a software company. However, a few years later a persistent friend finally managed to bully Frances into sending a few chapters of Fly by Night, her first children's novel, to a publisher. Macmillan made her an immediate offer. The book went on to publish to huge critical acclaim and win the Branford Boase First Novel Award. Earlier this year, The Lie Tree was named the 2015 Costa Book of the Year, the first children’s book to win that accolade in 11 years.

    To support The Lie Tree and Frances, use the hashtag #TeamHardinge on social media.

    Read a Q&A with Frances here.

  • Catherine Johnson

    Catherine Johnson is the author of The Curious Case of the Lady Caraboo (Corgi Children's).

    Born in 1962, she has written several books for children and young adults, including A Nest of Vipers (Corgi, 2008), the story of Cato Hopkins, the youngest member of a group of expert fraudsters. Catherine also writes for film, television and radio. In 2005 she co-wrote the highly acclaimed feature film "Bullet Boy", followed by a number of commissions for Century Films, Working Title and Channel 4.

    Catherine was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of the Arts London, Writer in Residence at Holloway Prison and Reader in Residence at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Children's Literature Festival 'Imagine'. She was awarded an Arts Council of England Writer's Grant in 2004 and a Writer's Bursary in 1996. Catherine was selected for the BBC Writer's Academy in 2012.

    To support The Curious Case of the Lady Caraboo and Catherine, use the hashtag #TeamJohnson on social media.

    Read a Q&A with Catherine here.

  • Patrick Ness

    Patrick Ness is the author of The Rest of Us Just Live Here (Walker Books).

    Patrick was born and raised in the US but now lives in London. He is the author of several books for young adults and has won the CILIP Carnegie medal twice; for A Monster Calls in 2012 and for Monsters of Men in 2011. He wrote the screenplay for the A Monster Calls' film, which is due for release later this year, and an eight-part "Doctor Who" spin-off series, also due for release this year.

    To support The Rest of Us Just Live Here and Patrick, use the hashtag #TeamNess on social media.

    Read a Q&A with Patrick here.

  • Louise O'Neill

    Louise O'Neill is the author of Asking For It (Quercus).

    She was born in west Cork in 1985. She studied English at Trinity College Dublin and has worked for the senior style director of American Elle magazine. While in New York, she also worked as an assistant stylist on a number of high-profile campaigns.

    O’Neill won the inaugural YA Book Prize with her debut Only Ever Yours (Quercus).

    To support Asking For It and Louise, use the hashtag #TeamONeill on social media.

    Read a Q&A with Louise here.

  • Mel Salisbury

    Mel Salisbury is the author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter (Scholastic).

    The book was was also nominated for the Carnegie Greenaway Medal 2016 and the Branford Boase 2016. The book is shortlisted in the teen category for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

    To support The Sin Eater's Daughter and Mel, use the hashtag #TeamSalisbury on social media.

    Read a Q&A with Mel here.

  • William Sutcliffe

    William Sutcliffe is the author of Concentr8 (Bloomsbury).

    He was born in London in 1971. He is the author of novels including the international bestseller Are You Experienced?; The Love Hexagon; New Boy; and Whatever Makes You Happy. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages. He lives in Edinburgh.

    To support Concentr8 and William, use the hashtag #TeamSutcliffe on social media.

    Read a Q&A with William here.

  • Lisa Williamson

    Lisa Williamson is the author of The Art of Being Normal (David Fickling Books).

    She was born and grew up in Nottingham. She studied drama at Middlesex University and since graduating has worked as an actor on stage and TV. Between acting jobs Lisa temped in offices across London, typing stories when no one was looking, one of which eventually became The Art of Being Normal.

    To support The Art of Being Normal and Lisa, use the hashtag #TeamWilliamson on social media.

    Read a Q&A with Lisa here.