Linda Newbery

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

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Winner, Costa Children's Book Prize; Winner, Orbil Young Readers' Prize (Italy); Shortlisted, Guardian Children's Fiction Prize; Shortlisted, Carnegie Medal; Silver Medal Winner, Nestle Children's Book Prize; IBBY Honour List (International Board of Books for Young People).

Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4), 6th Form and college


I'm a full-time writer with wide experience of speaking in schools and libraries and at festivals and conferences.   I regularly give talks for children, teenagers and adults, and have worked for various organisations including the Arvon Foundation, the British Council, Young Cultural Creators and the Writing Squads in Wales.

I'll consider visits anywhere; I enjoy travelling and visiting new places, and don't mind staying away from home, particularly if bookings are for more than one day.    For day visits, anywhere that can reasonably be reached by rail from North Oxfordshire is possible.  London is ninety minutes away by train.

Please contact me to discuss your particular requirements.

A testimonial from the Arvon Foundation:  "Linda Newbery has proved herself to be an excellent communicator with the groups she has taught at Arvon. As important as her skills in working with children, is the nature of the books she writes for them.  Children really engage with Linda's work and we have found introducing Linda's work to the children before the course begins adds an immeasurable dimension to her workshops and individual tutorials. Children want to listen to her. Linda's books deal with wonderful themes and ideas for children."

A testimonial from Northamptonshire Libraries and Information Service:    "Linda has a reputation for being both flexible and adaptable, tailoring her delivery with careful consideration for the age and ability ranges and educational focus of the organised event. Over the years she has also worked closely with school librarians and teachers in schools throughout our county as a popular guest author for bookweeks and author events engaging with students in writing workshops and discussion forums from Y3 up to Y12/13."

"Newbery writes wonderfully"  The Financial Times

"Linda Newbery is an author who never lets her readers down." Nicholas Tucker, The Independent




I have published more than thirty books, including stories for first readers, junior novels and young adult fiction. For more details, please visit my website.
THE BROCKENSPECTRE (isbn:9780857551566)
Set in the Alps, this is the story of Tomas' search for his missing father. Beautifully illlustrated by Pam Smy. 7+
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THE SHELL HOUSE (isbn:0099455935)
Moving between the First World War and the present day, this is a portrayal of love, sexuality and spirituality over two generations. 13+
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LOB (isbn:978-1849920490)
You have to be a special person to see Lob; Grandpa and Lucy know this. But when something awful happens, Lucy wonders if she'll ever see Lob again. For readers of 7+
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CATCALL (isbn:978-1842555682)
Josh loves cats of all kinds - lions, tigers, cats in myths and stories. But when he and brother Jamie visit a wildlife park, and a lion stares at them, Jamie starts to behave very oddly, What's going on in his mind? OnlyJosh can help ... 9+
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POLLY'S MARCH (isbn:0746060319)
Set in the summer of 1914, leading up to the outbreak of the First World War. Twelve-year-old Polly is intrigued and excited when two suffragettes move into the flat upstairs.9+
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BARNEY THE BOAT DOG (isbn:978-1409521983)
A series of four short books about Barney, his owner Jim and their life on a narrowboat. Charmingly illustrated by John Francis. For readers of 5+
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THE TREASURE HOUSE (isbn:978-1444003437)
Nina loves helping her aunts in their charity shop. When Mum disappears, suddenly, leaving only a cryptic note, Nina feels sure that the things of Mum's turning up in the charity shop must provide clues ... For readers of about 9+
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RAIN CAT (isbn:074609728X)
A strange cat turns up at the allotment where Jessie helps her Dad. One of six separate CAT TALES books for readers of 5+.
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BLITZ BOYS (isbn:0713678062)
Ronnie meets a runaway among the bomb ruins of the East End of London. 9+
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SET IN STONE (isbn:9780099451334)
Costa prize-winner: a reader-teasing mystery in the tradition of Wilkie Collins. 14+ / adult
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POSY (isbn:978-1843625100)
Picture book about Posy the kitten, delightfully illustrated by the Greenaway-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner
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Society of Authors
IBBY (International Board of Books for Young People)
Compassion in World Farming (I am a volunteer speaker)

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Book Type:
Fiction for adults, Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13, Young Adult

mystery, identity, family, families, relationships, friends, historical, teenage, young adult, second world war, first world war, animals, cats, dogs, Victorian, Gothic, women, feminism, suffragettes, love, waterways, romance, adolescence, identity, Skype