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Amanda Craig

Amanda Craig is a British novelist, short-story writer and critic. She reviews children’s books for The New Statesman and also writes for the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Observer. Her most recent novel, The Lie of the Land, has been optioned for a TV series by Baby Cow Productions. Amanda’s eighth novel, The Golden Rule, will be published by Little, Brown in 2020.
A Celebration of the Life and Work of Eva Ibbotson
Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna in 1925 and moved to England with her father when the Nazis came into power. Ibbotson wrote more than twenty award-winning books for children and young adults, notably Journey to the River Sea, The Dragonfly Pool and The Star of Kazan, depicting exquisitely drawn and incredibly funny characters. To celebrate the reissuing of three of her adult novels – among them The Morning Gift and The Secret Countess –...
Writing to Change the World

Here were three writers not afraid to tackle serious issues: racism and homophobia, the right to die, the meaning of art, the absurdity of cycles of vengeance, faith and religion – and much more. Their novels are gripping, generous and thought provoking. They discussed the role of literature and its impact on our lives.

Almighty Teenagers
Make way for the almighty teenager. Long have we suspected that this awkward figure, lurking in the shadows is an underrated entity. Here are two novels which pull him into the limelight. In Meg Rossoff’s There is No Dog the role of God has been designated to Bob, a typical teenage boy who approaches the task with all the expected sloth and reluctance, until he discovers one particular female human. In The Odyssey of Samuel Glass the north-London protagonist travels to late 19...
Jonathan Unleashed!

In Jonathan Unleashed, a romantic comedy set in Manhattan, the wryly funny prize-winning author Meg Rosoff, in conversation with novelist Amanda Craig, presents her first novel for adults, a quirky take on the Bildungsroman. Have you ever wished there was a handbook on How to be a Person ? That’s exactly how Jonathan Trefoil feels as he struggles to meet the demands of adult life.

Family Angst

Fractured and fractious families are at the heart of two witty contemporary morality tales. Amanda Craig’s The Lie of the Land traces the trajectory of the sexually unquenchable Quentin and his unhappy partner, Lottie, whose problems only escalate when they decamp to Devon’s remote arcadia. Francesca Segal’s razor-sharp, The Awkward Age, tells of the fallout when two families merge in North London and civil war ensues.

Descent into Darkness
In Insomnia, Marina Benjamin has produced an unsettling account of an unsettling condition, treating our inability to sleep not as a disorder, but as an existential experience that can electrify our understanding of ourselves, and of creativity and love. Lisa Appignanesi, in Everyday Madness, writes of the rage she experienced when her partner of 32 years died. In this brave examination of an ‘ordinary enough’ death and its aftermath, she scrutinises her own and ...