Jeremy de Quidt

Jeremy de Quidt

Children's author, YA author
Booking enquiry
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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading


Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16


Adventure, Fiction, Horror, Magical realism, Suspense-thriller

Book types

Fiction 8-13, Fiction for young-adults


  • Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award, The Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Southern Schools Book Award
  • Nominated for the Carnegie Medal and the Sakura Medal
  • Shortlisted for the Lancashire Book of the Year Award



Everybody likes to be scared, even if only just a little bit. So, that is what I write - dark stories for children and YA. Stories to make a person think twice before turning out the light at night.

But I'm particularly engaged with bringing reading and writing to reluctant readers and writers.

My aim is to show students new and different ways of looking at their writing, and my workshops and talks tend to be a mixture of stand-up comedy and creative practical advice - be that how to think of and compose stories, to how books get published and what goes wrong along the way.

Although an author armed with a very dark bottle of ink which writes very dark and sinister stories, the talks and workshops are always a whole lot of fun.

If the Bulletin of the Centre for Children's Books is to be believed "Somewhere between Goosebumps and H. P. Lovecraft lies the territory for middle-school supernatural horror, and de Quidt runs his rails right through it."

My books have been translated into several languages and are published in the UK, North and South America, Europe and Australia.

I'm happy to travel, and am always pleased to meet and help new young writers, especially if they don't know or believe yet that they can actually be writers.


Teacher and pupil reviews -

Jeremy was brilliant with our 12yr old boys. They were captivated by his readings and having read The Wrong Train, really enjoyed hearing the “back story” to his stories. This book inspired the boys to read more of his works and was a really great impetus for creative writing too.

The themes are modern, and imaginable yet there’s a dark gothic edge. It was a real joy to witness our reluctant readers as well as our avid readers wanting to read and discuss this book with Jeremy. We’ll be inviting Jeremy back for the 2018/19 term.

Ina Mayow, Bruern Abbey School


It was really good to meet Jeremy de Quidt and interview him about his book and the whole process of making it. I learned a lot about how stories are developed and how books are put together which was fascinating and made me think about plot lines for stories. He tried to answer every question to the fullest and was very kind and nice  - as well as funny.

Idris, 13


“ Jeremy inspired my short story because I tried to include all of the themes that ran through his stories in The Wrong Train”.

“I found Jeremy’s advice about how to write stories really helpful in my own writing”

Year 8 pupils


My fees are based on the Society of Authors recommended rates.


Books by Jeremy de Quidt


The Wrong Train

Imagine you've just managed to catch your train and you realise it's the wrong one. You'd be annoyed of course, but not scared... yet. Imagine you get off the wrong train at the next station hoping to catch a train going back the way you came, but the station is empty. Again you'd be annoyed, but not scared... yet. Imagine someone comes to the station, someone who starts to tell you stories to help you pass the time, only these aren't just any old stories... Scared yet? You will be. 

The Toymaker

What good is a toy that will wind down? What if you could put a heart in one? A real heart. One that beat and beat and didn't stop. What couldn't you do if you could make a toy like that?  

The Feathered Man

In a German town, long ago, lives a toothpuller’s boy called Klaus. It isn’t Klaus’s fault that he sees his master steal a diamond from the mouth of a dead man in Frau Drecht’s lodging house, or that Frau Drecht and her murderous son want it for themselves. But when he finds himself with the diamond in his pocket, things really can’t get much worse – that is, until the Feathered Man appears.