NaNoWriMo Nov Day 28: Lucy Christopher
Lucy grew up in Australia, but now resides in the UK. After studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she now works as a sessional lecturer there. Her debut novel, Stolen, was part of her PhD in Creative Writing.
Success was immediate for Lucy: Stolen was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and was the winner of the 2010 Branford Boase Award, described by judges as being a 'sensitive, compelling and intense novel with a great sense of place'. Stolen has also achieved considerable international success, having won the Australian Gold Inky Award and been shortlisted for the prestigious Prime Minister’s Literary Awards in Australia and the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Older Readers.
Lucy’s second novel, Flyaway, was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award 2010 and the Waterstones Prize, as well as being longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Her third novel for Chicken House, The Killing Woods, was published in October 2013 and combines dark young adult themes with the lightness of touch for which Lucy Christopher is so acclaimed.
In her spare time, Lucy likes to ride a grumpy chestnut mare called Topaz and travel around the world visiting family and friends. She is currently working on her next novel.
While visiting her ornithologist father in hospital, 13-year-old Isla meets Harry, the first boy to understand her and her love of the outdoors.
But Harry is ill, and as his health fails, Isla is determined to help him in the only way she knows how.
Together they watch a lone swan struggling to fly on the lake outside Harry's window. Isla believes that if she can help the damaged swan, somehow she can help Harry. And in doing so, she embarks upon a breathtakingly magical journey of her own.
Emily’s dad is accused of murdering a teenage girl. Emily is sure he is innocent, but what happened that night in the woods behind their house where she used to play as a child?
Determined to find out, she seeks out Damon Hillary, the enigmatic boyfriend of the murdered girl. He also knows these woods.
Maybe they could help each other. But he’s got secrets of his own about games that are played in the dark.
In a moving letter to her captor, 16-year-old Gemma relives her kidnapping from Bangkok Airport.
Taken by Ty, a troubled young stalker, to the wild and desolate Australian outback, she reflects on a landscape from which there’s no escape. In a story of survival, passion and darkness, Gemma reveals how she had to deal with the nightmare, or die trying to fight it.