Author Spotlight: Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Jul 19, 2021 | Author Spotlight

In this new series, we’ll be highlighting some facts about our monthly authors – from where they were born to some of their other incredible works, starting with a look into our Herland box, which features Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Mercies. Our contributor Meghna takes a look…

  1. Kiran Millwood Hargrave isn’t just a bestselling author, she’s also an award-winning poet and playwright, as well as a children’s and young adult author.

2. According to her website, her earliest dreams involved being a cat, a cat-owner, or the first woman on Mars.

3. Her debut The Girl of Ink & Stars is a beautiful, mythical story about friendship, which won the overall Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017, and the British Book Award’s Children’s Book of the Year.

4. It was also shortlisted for numerous prizes including the Jhalak Prize, the Branford Boase Award and the Little Rebels Prize!

5. Her second story, The Island at the End of Everything, has been shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award, the Costa Children’s Book Award, and long listed for the CILIP Carnegie Medal!

“This story is about people, and how they lived; before how and why they died became what defined them.”

Kiran Millwood Hargrave, The Mercies

6. Before she began writing children’s fiction, she wrote poetry, and produced three poetry books and a play, all starting from her final year at university.

7. Some of her poetry has been featured in international journals including The Irish Literary Review, and her debut play BOAT, gained five-star reviews after it’s first production in October 2015 by PIGDOG theatre company.

8. The Mercies, featured in our July box, is her first book for adults, and it debuted at number 1 on The Times Bestseller Chart, and number 5 on the Sunday Times Bestseller List.

9. Without spoiling too much of the story… The Mercies is inspired by the 1621 Vardo Witch Trials.

10. Born in Surrey, and having attended the University of Cambridge, Kiran now lives in Oxford with her artist husband, Tom de Freston, and their cat, Luna.

Want to hear more? You can check out Kiran on the Books That Matter podcast, available now on Apple, Spotify, SoundCloud or your go-to podcast app!

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