Alison Rattle

Children's author, Young adults' author, Author of books for adults

Available for:
After dinner speaking




Alison was long listed for the Branford Boase award for her first YA novel, The Quietness. She was also short listed for the Leeds book Awards and the North East Teen Book Awards

Adults, 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4), 6th Form and college


I began my career as a writer publishing non-fiction titles on subjects as diverse as growing old, mad monarchs, how to boil a flamingo, the history of America in bite-sized chunks and the biography of a 19th century baby-killer.

After completing a Masters Degree in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University, I began writing fiction for young adults and have so far had four novels published. My first three books are set in Victorian England and my latest, V for Violet, is set in London in the 1960's.

My talks are a mix of anecdotes about the ups and downs of the life of a writer, the true-life inspirations and characters behind my stories, the fascinating process of research and how to bring the past to life on a page.

As I am particularly drawn to the often grim and dark side of the past, my talks are best suited to an audience of 14 years and upwards. 

I have given numerous radio interviews, have appeared on the ITV series Lady Killers, presented by Martina Cole, I have given talks to schools (including via Skype to a school in Philadelphia), bookclubs and societies - the Metropolitan Police Historical Society in Scotland Yard even invited me to tour the infamous Black Museum!

I also run writing workshops and am very flexible on length and focus, but my primary goal is to inspire and encourage.

I am based in Somerset but am happy to travel anywhere within the UK. My fees are based on the Society of Authors recommended rates. 

Alison has published a variety of non-fiction titles and four novels for young adults
V for Violet (isbn:978-1471403811)
London 1961. The world is changing. But not for sixteen year old Violet. She's stuck in her mum and dad's fish and chip shop where she can only dream of a more exciting life. And then she meets Beau and life is suddenly dangerously more interesting.
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The Quietness (isbn:978-1471401015)
When fifteen year old Queenie escapes from the squalid slums of 19th century London, she has no idea of the dangers of the dark world she is about to become embroiled in. A novel of friendship in the darkest of settings.
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The Beloved (isbn:978-1471403793)
I am Alice Angel. I am sixteen years old. I am not mad. But I am a bad person. Henry Prince- or The Beloved to his followers - promises Alice a life of love, devotion and freedom. He is Alice's saviour...Until he becomes her jailer.
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The Madness (isbn:978-1471401039)
Set in the early Victorian era when propriety, modesty and repression were the rule, this is taut psychological drama in which the breakdown of a young woman's emotional state will have a devastating impact on all those around her.
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The Woman who Murdered Babies for Money: The Story of Amelia Dyer (isbn:978-0233003160)
One of the nineteenth century's most prolific murderers has slipped into obscurity. Amelia Dyer killed babies for a living for almost three decades, yet has remained of of Britain's best-kept secrets. Until now.
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History and Biography, Novelty Books

Book Type:
Non fiction for adults, Fiction for children (any age), Young Adult

historical fiction, young adult fiction, true crime, biography, Victorian, YA historical fiction, Skype