Author Profile: Lucy Strange

Author Profile:   Lucy Strange is an actor, storyteller and singer.

Name: Lucy Strange

Timeline:

2016 – The Secret of Nightingale Wood

2019 – Our Castel by the Sea

Background: Lucy Strange has worked as an actor, storyteller and singer after which she became an English teacher in a secondary school. She resides with James, her partner and their baby boy in the countryside at Kent in England. She owns a tortoiseshell cat called the Moo.

Genre: Lucy Strange relishes the challenge of weaving fiction and fact together and loves the potential of quarrying for ‘stories’ that sing out to be told.

Literary Contributions: The Daily Telegraph has described, The Secret of Nightingale Wood as ‘startlingly good’. In 2016, it was placed at Number 10 by The Daily Telegraph. The novel has been translated in a number of languages including Hungarian, French, German and Dutch with editions in Mandarin and Farsi as well in the pipeline. Towards the end of 2017, the U.S. edition was launched in New York and selected immediately for Amazon’s list of the Best Children’s Books of the Year.

Our Castle By The Sea, Lucy Strange’s second novel is shortlisted for the Teach Primary Book Awards 2019. It has also been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2020.

She has won the Audie Award for Narration by The Author or Authors. She has been nominated for the Audie Award for Middle Grade.

Unique Stylistic Features: Lucy Strange’s first novel is The Secret of Nightingale Wood. Her debut novel, The Secret of Nightingale Wood is for the age group of 8 to 12 years of age. The story is set at a time just after the First World War. Characters in the novel are Henry and a determined heroine who grieves the death of her brother. She also contends with sinister medics who conspire to admit her mother to an asylum. She also struggles in protecting Piglet, her younger sister in the novel.  A sense of period with compelling excitement and emotion are elegantly blended by Strange, in her novel.

Her second novel for Chicken House is Our Castle by the Sea, which follows The Secret of Nightingale Wood, her critically acclaimed debut. Our Castle by the Sea, her forthcoming new novel is due within a few months.

Our Castle by the Sea, her second novel is set during the Second World War, on the Kent coast. Since the project had contemporary and powerful themes, it won the support of the Arts Council England. In January 2019, Chicken House published it and it was selected as the inaugural Bookseller’s Association Children’s Book of the Month and The Times Book of the Week.

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