Geraldine McCaughrean - Author Picture

Geraldine McCaughrean - Author

It’s over 30 years now since I first got published, and 50 since I discovered how writing carried me out of my little, everyday world, wherever I chose – way back in Time, to far distant shores, towards my own, home-made happy ending. I write adventure, first and foremost, because that’s what I enjoyed reading as a child. But since I have published over 160 titles now, there are books are every taste and age among them – gorgeously illustrated picture books, easy-readers, prize winners, teenage books and five adult novels (soon to be freshly released as ebooks).

Teen novel The White Darkness won the Printz Award in the USA, which, for this Englishwoman was an amazing, startling thrill. Other prizes have included the Whitbread Children’s Book Award (three times), the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Smarties Bronze Award (four times), the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and the Blue Peter Special Book to Keep for Ever. Although I have only won the much coveted Carnegie Medal once, seven of my titles have been shortlisted for it, the latest being The Middle of Nowhere.

Then there is Peter Pan in Scarlet – official sequel to J M Barrie’s Peter Pan and Wendy, written on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital. I won the chance to write that in a worldwide competition, and because Peter Pan is loved everywhere, my book sold worldwide too. It is soon to appear on stage and, just possibly, in the cinema.

I can’t say I expected any of this when, as a child, I dreamed of being like my older brother and ‘getting a book published one day’.

I was born and grew up in Enfield, North London. I trained as a teacher and then worked for ten years in TV and publishing. These days, I am lucky enough just to stay home and write. I have a husband (good at continuity and spelling) and a daughter who is an excellent editor. Having studied at Rada, she is now an actor so, naturally, I have turned my hand to writing plays. (So many actors, so few plays!) Some of my plays are for schools and young people, so you can find them in book form.

My Mum told me, “Never boil your cabbages twice, dear,” which was her way of saying, “Don’t repeat yourself.” So I have tried never to write the same book twice. You’ll find all my novels quite different from one another. I’m afraid that the only way you can find out which ones you like and which you don’t is to read them. Something for everyone, you see, my dear, young, not-so-young, eccentric, middle-of-the-road, poetical, sad, cheerful, timid or reckless reader. All they have in common is that they contain words. If you are allergic to words, you’d best not open the covers.

Geraldine lives in Berkshire with her husband.

Author photo © Brett Williams U.K.

Anne Fine on Geraldine McCaughrean:

'I reckon Geraldine McCaughrean knocks the socks off every other children's writer today. Everything she does is different and everything works – look at her list of prizes. She must write in tremendous bursts. Some years, she's so prolific the rest of us start joking that the fairies come in at night to do her work for her. Then she'll go quiet, so unlike all those writers who are persuaded by their publishers to come up with something every year, no matter how tired or drab. If Geraldine has nothing fresh to write, she doesn't write it.' (The Guardian)

If you like Geraldine McCaughrean you might also like to read books by Anne Fine, Kate Thompson and Hilary Mckay.

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The Middle of Nowhere
Geraldine McCaughrean
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal - One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for The Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2014 Award-winning Geraldine McCaughrean captures a far off landscape and a far off time in her fabulously...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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The Positively Last Performance
Geraldine McCaughrean
Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 Award winning Geraldine McCaughrean spins a brilliantly fanciful yarn in the magical setting of a disused theatre. Every night amazing things happen in the theatre but no one except the resident ghosts can see...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/02/2014
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The Orchard Book of Greek Myths
Geraldine McCaughrean - illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark
A wonderful 21st anniversary edition of this classic collection of sixteen favourite Greek myths. Jenny Downham, January 2011 Guest Editor, chose this book: "I was given a book of Greek myths by my brother for my 11th birthday, I reread...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/10/2013
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The Middle of Nowhere
Geraldine McCaughrean
October 2013 Book of the Month Award-winning Geraldine McCaughrean captures a far off landscape and a far off time in her fabulously dramatic nineteenth century story interwoven with the magic of the mysterious and stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. With...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2013
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Go! Go! Chichico!
Geraldine McCaughrean - illustrated by Tom Percival
Interest Age 5-7+ A brilliant footballing story from award winning Geraldine McCaughrean. Chichico is scouted for a try out at Santos Brazil. The only problem is that he doesn't have any boots! His friends Davi and Anna find a pair...
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Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2013
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The Positively Last Performance
Geraldine McCaughrean
Award winning Geraldine McCaughrean spins a brilliantly fanciful yarn in the magical setting of a disused theatre. Every night amazing things happen in the theatre but no one except the resident ghosts can see them. But then Gracie comes along;...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/02/2013
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The Nutcracker
Geraldine McCaughrean - illustrated by Kristina Swarner
A retelling of the story of Marie, who is given a special nutcracker doll for Christmas. The nutcracker comes alive, turns into a handsome prince, and the marvellous adventures begin.
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/10/2012
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The Wish-Bringer
Geraldine McCaughrean - illustrated by Jana Diemberger
Award-winning Geraldine McCaughrean tells more heart-warming stories as she brings to life the charming but impish little character Montecello, an orphan who haunts the streets of his birthplace Naples, sometimes bringing joy and sometimes playing tricks, according to his mood...
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Format: Paperback | Released 27/09/2012
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Pull Out All the Stops!
Geraldine McCaughrean
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. With a huge and original cast and a never ending supply of witty and original incident, this is a thoroughly enjoyable story from an award-winning writer. Cissy escapes from the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2011
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Monacello The Little Monk
Geraldine McCaughrean - illustrated by Jana Diemberger
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Format: Paperback | Released 28/04/2011
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Pull Out All the Stops!
Geraldine McCaughrean
With a huge and original cast and a never ending supply of witty and original incident, this is a thoroughly enjoyable story from an award-winning writer. Cissy escapes from the boredom of life in her home town and especially the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/10/2010
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The Death-defying Pepper Roux
Geraldine McCaughrean
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2011 A World Book Day 'Recommended Read' for 2011 Prize-winning Geraldine McCaughrean has turned her deft hand to a brilliantly witty and fast moving story about a boy who wants to defy his destiny....
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2010
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The Death-defying Pepper Roux
Geraldine McCaughrean
Prize-winning Geraldine McCaughrean has turned her deft hand to a brilliantly witty and fast moving story about a boy who wants to defy his destiny. Pepper is an unusual name and Pepper Roux is an unusual child especially since, according...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2009
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Peter Pan In Scarlet (Illustrated Edition)
Geraldine McCaughrean
This is a lush, illustrated gift edition of Geraldine McCaughrean's official sequel to Peter Pan that was such a huge bestseller when it first came out in both hardback and paperback. The text in this special edition has been specially...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2008
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Tamburlaine's Elephants
Geraldine McCaughrean
Geraldine McCaughrean is a genius in her ability to draw the reader in to a part of history that might not immediately spring to mind as being of interest and yet she makes you hungry for more. Here she draws...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/09/2008
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Cyrano
Geraldine McCaughrean
A hilarious retelling of Edmond Rostand's classic romantic comedy Cyrano de Bergerac. Cyrano is a man of action, a soldier, a man of letters, and a hopeless romantic, and his one defect is his enormous nose. Poor Cyrano is hopelessly...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2008
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Peter Pan In Scarlet
Geraldine McCaughrean
At last a sequel to one of the most endearing classics of all time. The author chosen to undertake this literary feat is not a household name but she is, a supremely talented storyteller and a winner of virtually every...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2007
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Plundering Paradise
Geraldine McCaughrean
When you read this you'll realise why the author put herself forward to write the sequel to JM Barrie's Peter Pan for this is a swashbuckling pirate adventure. Not surprisingly it won a major award for it will have...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2007
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Gold Dust
Geraldine McCaughrean
As with so many of Geraldine's novels, she has in Gold Dust created an entirely original yet believable world, this time in Brazil. Utterly engrossing, fast-paced, full of humour and heartbreak your imagination will run riot throughout the novel and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2007
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Stop The Train
Geraldine McCaughrean
This is a tense, fast-moving adventure story set just over a hundred years ago in the American mid-west. When the trains cease to stop at a settlement the livelihood of the families there are at stake and the community get...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2007
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The Kite Rider
Geraldine McCaughrean
This is an absolutely marvellous soaring adventure that gives you a glimpse, and a memorable one at that, of another world. The story is completely original, like nothing you will have read before and utterly compulsive. The words are rich...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2007
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Tamburlaine's Elephants
Geraldine McCaughrean
Geraldine McCaughrean is a genius in her ability to draw the reader in to a part of history that might not immediately spring to mind as being of interest and yet she makes you hungry for more. Here, she draws...
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Format: Hardback | Released 28/09/2007
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Fig's Giant
Geraldine McCaughrean
Gulliver's Travels remains one of the all-time children's classics and in years to come Fig's Giant, a stunning picture book for toddlers and young children will deservedly become a classic too. The author's take on Lilliput and the Lilliputians is...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2006
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Peter Pan In Scarlet
Geraldine McCaughrean
At last a sequel to one of the most endearing classics of all time. The author chosen to undertake this literary feat is not a household name but she is, a supremely talented storyteller and a winner of virtually every...
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The White Darkness
Geraldine McCaughrean
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. What the judges said: McCaughrean's control of language and style ensures that this novel, with its original and ambitious plot, produces a fast-moving adventure story. It's an outstanding survival fantasy that explores the pain of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2006
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The Questing Knights of the Faerie Queen
Geraldine McCaughrean
A beautiful book, lavishly illustrated in colour throughout, this is an accessible prose re-telling of the story of the Faerie Queen, Spenser's romantic poem first written for Queen Elizabeth 1. Full of adventure with knights and dragons, princesses...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/04/2006
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Mo
Geraldine McCaughrean
Hilarious! Mo is a most unusual mobile phone – and definitely not one it is easy to own. Shane has always wanted a mobile phone but Mo is not the phone he wants. Mo answers back, sings opera at inconvenient...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 19/01/2006
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One Thousand And One Arabian Nights
Geraldine McCaughrean
A completely original version of the Arabian Nights Stories by award-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean. In order to delay her inevitable execution, Queen Shaharazad tells her murdering husband, King Shahryar, an exciting story every night. She tells her wonderful stories until...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 15/07/1999
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The Orchard Book of Greek Myths
Geraldine McCaughrean - illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark
Jenny Downham, January 2011 Guest Editor, chose this book: "I was given a book of Greek myths by my brother for my 11th birthday, I reread it so many times it fell apart in my hands and all these years...
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Format: Hardback | Released 27/08/1992
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