Linda Newbery has published over 30 books, ranging from a picture book to teenage fiction. She won the COSTA CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD in 2006 and, for CATCALL, THE SILVER AWARD in the 2007 NESTLE AWARDS. Born in Essex, Linda lives in an Oxfordshire village with her husband and three cats. Apart from writing, she spends time reading, gardening, swimming, going to the cinema and theatre, and walking. She is an active speaker at conferences and regularly conducts writing workshops.