Sally Gardner

Sally Gardner is a multi-award winning novelist, whose books have sold over 2 million copies in the UK and been translated into more than 25 languages. Sally earned a First Class Honours degree from Central St. Martin’s Art School and worked for many years as a theatre designer, working on some notable productions.

After her twin daughters and her son were born she started to illustrate children’s books, and then turned to writing. She won the 2005 Nestle Smarties Children’s Book Prize for her first full-length novel I, Coriander (Orion, 2005), a fantasy novel set half in 17th Century Puritan England, and half in a magical fairy world. This was followed by The Red Necklace (Orion, 2007; shortlisted for the Guardian Book Prize), The Silver Blade (Orion, 2009) and her genre-defying novel, The Double Shadow (Orion, 2011), which was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2013.

Maggot Moon was published by Hot Key Books in 2012 and tells the story of a dyslexic teenager, Standish, who lives in a dystopian version of 1950s England, and who must find a way to bring down the oppressive forces of the ‘Motherland’. It won both the Costa Costa Children’s Book Prize and the Carnegie Medal 2013 — Meg Rosoff called it a ‘a perfect book’. Sally is an avid spokesperson for dyslexia. Having been branded ‘unteachable’ by some and sent to various schools, Sally was eventually diagnosed at the age of twelve as being severely dyslexic and is passionately trying to change how dyslexics are perceived by society.

Sally is also the author of the popular Wings & Co Fairy Detective Agency Series (Orion, 2012-2016) for 7-11 year olds; the YA novel Tinder, illustrated by David Roberts (Orion, 2013), The Door that Led to Where (Hot Key, 2015), My Side of the Diamond (Hot Key, 2017), Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon (Head of Zeus, 2018),  Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Sea Dragon (Head of Zeus, 2019), and The Wind in the Wall (Hot Key Books, 2019). Her most recent children’s series is the the Tindims, an imaginative world of tiny creatures who turn our everyday rubbish into treasure, inspiring inventive ways to recycle.

She also writes adult fiction, often under the pseudonym Wray Delaney. Titles so far include  An Almond for a Parrot (HarperCollins, 2017) and The Beauty of the Wolf (HarperCollins, 2019). Her recent adult novel, The Snow Song (HQ), was published under her own name and described by the Independent as ‘a gorgeous love story… with more than a magical touch of realism’. It was released in late 2020 and became a Kindle Top Ten Bestseller.

Sally’s forthcoming book, The Weather Woman, is a rich and atmospheric historical fiction novel set in the 18th century between the two great Frost Fairs, published by Head of Zeus.

Books by Sally Gardner