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Kevin Crossley-Holland - Author

Kevin Crossley-Holland was born in 1941 in Mursley, North Buckinghamshire, and grew up in Whiteleaf, a village in the Chiltern hills of western England. He attended Oxford University, where after failing his first exams, he developed his passion for Anglo-Saxon literature. After graduating, he was the Gregory Fellow in Poetry at the University of Leeds, and from 1972–1977, he lectured in Anglo-Saxon for the Tufts University of London program. He worked as a children's book editor while beginning to write his own poems and reinterpretations of medieval legends. He has also taught for extended periods in America. He now lives in Norfolk, England.

Kevin Crossley-Holland has published six volumes of adult poetry and several libretti for opera. In the world of children's books, he is best known for his numerous retellings and anthologies, and in particular his version of Beowulf. "Storm," his novella, won the Carnegie Medal in 1985.

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Heartsong
Kevin Crossley-Holland - illustrated by Jane Ray
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award An extraordinary illustrated tale set within the dark mystery of Venice and composer Vivaldi's life about an orphan who finds her voice and future through the healing power of music - created by...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2015
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Stars of Mine
Kevin Crossley-Holland - illustrated by Martina Peluso
Interest Age 5-8 Award winning Kevin Crossley-Holland tells a traditional story with an entertaining crispness and a witty twist. A girl gets to marry the king and live handsomely for eleven months on condition that she can spin five sacks...
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Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2013
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Waterslain Angels
Kevin Crossley-Holland
A tense, fast-paced detective story set in the 1950s in the haunting north Norfolk salt marshes where a dark secret has lain hidden, but suddenly there's more than just Annie and Sandy trying to solve the case of the missing...
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Format: Hardback | Released 16/10/2008
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Gatty's Tale
Kevin Crossley-Holland
Shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Carnegie. A gripping historical adventure that is dramatic, touching and compelling. Servant girl Gatty has an unusually beautiful voice which leads her to being swept up in a Crusade to the Holy Land. Her courage...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2007
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Storm
Kevin Crossley-Holland
Winner of the Carnegie Award in 1985. A wonderful story of drama and adventure that is beautifully unraveled by award-winning author Kevin Crossley-Holland. The characters are superbly drawn and the narrative is simply but lyrically told. And there's...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2001
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The Seeing Stone
Kevin Crossley-Holland
In a nutshell: Immerse yourself in brilliantly described medieval adventure | In 100 short, beautifully written chapters Kevin Crossley-Holland tells the story of young page Arthur de Caldicott, interspersing descriptions of Arthur's life in his father's manor house, its domestic...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2001
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