About Lucy Strange


Lucy Strange is a best-selling author who lives in the heart of the Kent countryside with her partner and their young son.

Lucy won the 2014 Montegrappa First Fiction Prize, and has gone on to publish three novels with Chicken House in the UK. Her first novel, The Secret of Nightingale Wood, was published in October 2016 and was the Waterstones Book of the Month, described as ‘startlingly good’ by The Daily Telegraph who placed it at Number 10 in the Top 50 Books of 2016. The US edition was launched in New York at the end of 2017 and was immediately chosen for Amazon’s list of the Best Children’s Books of the Year.

Her second novel, Our Castle by the Sea, was the Independent Booksellers’ Children’s Book of the Month, The Times Children’s Book of the Week, nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize 2020. Lucy’s books are published by Scholastic in the US and have been translated into many languages including French, German, Dutch, Hungarian, Croatian, Russian, Farsi and Mandarin.

The Ghost of Gosswater will be published in the UK in October 2020.

Lucy’s books capture elements of classic children’s literature in a style that is engaging and accessible for today’s younger readers. Often inspired by folklore and fairy tales, Lucy combines historical settings with touches of magical realism and fantasy to create utterly convincing worlds in which anything might happen…

Having trained and worked as an actor, Lucy narrates her own audiobooks, winning the 2019 Audie Award for The Secret of Nightingale Wood.