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Kiran Millwood Hargrave

UK flag (b.1990)

Kiran Millwood Hargrave was born in Surrey in 1990, and her earliest ambition was to be a cat, closely followed by a cat-owner or the first woman on Mars. She has achieved only one of these things, but discovered that being a writer lets you imagine whatever you want.She started writing poetry in her final year at university, producing three poetry books and a play before she turned to fiction. Her bestselling debut The Girl of Ink & Stars, about a mapmaker’s daughter who must save her island, won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017 and the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year. Her second standalone story, The Island at the End of Everything, was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award and the Costa Children’s Book Award, and long listed for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Her third book, The Way Past Winter, was the Blackwell’s Children’s Book of the Year 2018.

Her debut YA title, The Deathless Girls, is forthcoming from Hachette in September. Her first book for adults, The Mercies, was subject to a 13-way auction and will be published by Picador in February 2020.Kiran lives in Oxford with her husband, the artist Tom de Freston, and the fulfilment of one of her earliest ambitions: their cat, Luna.


Genres: Historical, Children's Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy

Jhalak Prize Best Book nominee (2016) : The Girl of Ink & Stars
Costa Children's Book Award Best Book nominee (2017) : The Island at the End of Everything
Blue Peter Book Award Best Book nominee (2018) : The Island at the End of Everything
YA Book Prize Best Young Adult nominee (2020) : The Deathless Girls

Kiran Millwood Hargrave recommends
They (1977)
Kay Dick
"Deft, dread filled, hypnotic and hopeful. Completely got under my skin."
Who Let the Gods Out? (2017)
(Who Let the Gods Out?, book 1)
Maz Evans
"Blistering humour, mortal danger & immortal heart, epically clever. Loved it."
Where the World Ends (2017)
Geraldine McCaughrean
"The best book I've read this year."
The Explorer (2017)
Katherine Rundell
"I love every one of Katherine Rundell's stories, but she gets more assured each time - this was everything I wanted it to be and more. Read it!"
The Perfect Nanny (2017)
Leïla Slimani
"A deeply disturbing, compulsive read that manages to make the monstrous pitiable, the inhuman humane."
The Fandom (2018)
(Fandom, book 1)
Anna Day
"Compulsive, intricate and genre-busting: I devoured THE FANDOM in one sitting. I am most definitely a fan."
Sky Song (2018)
Abi Elphinstone
"Sky Song made my heart sing - I loved it!"
The Illumination of Ursula Flight (2018)
Anna-Marie Crowhurst
"A glorious book, cleverly done and lushly written with a witty, vivid heroine."
Storm (2018)
(Huntress Trilogy, book 3)
Sarah Driver
"Sky is exhilarating, gripping and full of heart."
Everything Under (2018)
Daisy Johnson
"Everything Under seeped through to my bones. Reaching new depths hinted at in Fen, language and landscape turn strange, full of creeping horror and beauty. It is precise in its terror, and its tenderness. An ancient myth masterfully remade for our uncertain times."
The Storm Keeper's Island (2018)
(Storm Keeper Quartet, book 1)
Catherine Doyle
"Funny, dark and blazingly beautiful, The Storm Keeper's Island is a thrillingly inventive adventure."
The Corset (2018)
Laura Purcell
"A romping read with a deliciously dark conceit at its centre. Reminded me of Alias Grace. A worthy successor to The Silent Companions."
The Restless Girls (2018)
Jessie Burton
"A beautifully realised, whirling adventure full of the dark glitter of growing up, The Restless Girls is a fierce fairytale for the rebel girl - and boy - generation."
Tilly and the Bookwanderers (2018)
(Pages & Co, book 1)
Anna James
"Delightful! A joy of a book."
Last Ones Left Alive (2019)
Sarah Davis-Goff
"Last Ones Left Alive gripped me as much by the heart as it did by the throat. A stormer of a debut, Davis-Goff has created an urgent, assured, terrifying tale of destruction, humanity, and love."
Things in Jars (2019)
Jess Kidd
"A masterclass in storytelling. One of those books that truly does make you laugh out loud, that shakes and remakes what you think a story can be. It's rare to find a book so satisfying."
Black River (2020)
(Tuva Moodyson Mystery, book 3)
Will Dean
"Devouring Will Dean's Black River, possibly my favourite of his Tuva Moodyson mysteries. Certainly one of the best series of recent years – the perfect blend of pace, plot & atmosphere."
The Foundling (2020)
Stacey Halls
"The Foundling dragged me along in its narrative wake. Another gripping, immersive, intelligent work of historical fiction from the bestselling author of The Familiars."
Exciting Times (2020)
Naoise Dolan
"A sharp, funny account of a contemporary relationship, told tenderly and with biting, bright insight."
Heatstroke (2020)
Hazel Barkworth
"Stylish and sensual."
The Weekend (2020)
Charlotte Wood
"The Weekend is an unflinchingly observed celebration of the profundity and mundanity of friendship, treated with elegance, wit, and tenderness."
October, October (2020)
Katya Balen
"Quite simply one of the most beautiful books I've ever read."
The Last House on Needless Street (2021)
Catriona Ward
"Believe the hype. The Last House On Needless Street is not only a masterclass in horror, but in storytelling full stop. Up there with the best I've ever read. The most unsettling, beautiful, sad and wise book, it'll stay with me a long time. I'm in awe."
Shipwreck Island (2021)
(Orphans of the Tide, book 2)
Struan Murray
"Singularly brilliant."
House of Hollow (2021)
Krystal Sutherland
"Dark and delicious, House of Hollow hums with malice and mystery. I devoured it whole."
Grimwood (2021)
(Grimwood, book 1)
Nadia Shireen
"I CACKLED ALOUD on practically every page. Comic gold, tinged with such tenderness."
Devotion (2022)
Hannah Kent
"Devotion is rare and exquisite, both beautiful and muscular in its portrayal of love found and denied. It's a story of love as a radical act, and a celebration of place and persistence. As we've come to expect from Kent, this is masterful storytelling with pull-no-punches stakes. It's taken root in my heart."
Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies (2022)
Maddie Mortimer
"Both expansive and intimate, Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies is an intricate portrait of a life hurtling towards the inevitable. An extraordinary debut."
Our Wives Under the Sea (2022)
Julia Armfield
"Tender, strange, lucid, and so assured. If you love sci-fi or love stories or books that defy labels or chew-your-arm-off good writing, this is for you."
The Thief Who Sang Storms (2022)
Sophie Anderson
"A story of the dangers of division and the world-saving power of unity, with her fourth novel Anderson cements her place as one of my all-time favourite storytellers."
Young Mungo (2022)
Douglas Stuart
"Some novels can be admired, others enjoyed. But it is a rare thing to find a story so engrossing, bittersweet and beautiful that you do not so much read it, as experience it. It is this quality Young Mungo possesses - an intense, lovely, brutal thing. Stuart is a masterful storyteller."
Sea of Tranquility (2022)
Emily St. John Mandel
"A spiralling, transportive triumph of storytelling - sci-fi with soul."
Her Majesty's Royal Coven (2022)
(HMRC, book 1)
Juno Dawson
"Dawson has created your new obsession. HMRC is full of her trademark heart and humour, with a delicious slick of darkness. I fell in love with her coven - and I need the next instalment now!"
Idol (2022)
Louise O'Neill
"O'Neill continues to push at the murk around contemporary taboos, shining a compassionate and compelling light on what drives our appearance-obsessed society, marking us all as complicit. IDOL is a gripping, shocking read I could not put down."
Briefly, A Delicious Life (2022)
Nell Stevens
"A luscious, multi-sensory bewitchment of a book - Stevens' writing rings with wit and surprise."
Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun (2022)
(Onyeka, book 1)
Tọlá Okogwu
"Exhilarating and original, Onyeka is the superhero you've been waiting for."
What A Mother's Love Don't Teach You (2022)
Sharma Taylor
"A cacophonic, alive, heart-breaking story of a particular place and time, made universal by its truths and wisdom about love."

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