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Siobhan Dowd - Author

'The protagonists in my stories aren’t human rights heroes in the conventional sense. They are ordinary people living in England and Ireland who find extraordinary ways to overcome the difficulties in their lives and for me that’s the essence of any good story: it’s where the ordinary meets the extraordinary.' – Siobhan Dowd

'In 2007 Siobhan Dowd was voted one of the twenty-five British writers for the future (only three were children’s writers). Everybody should read her.' –David Fickling, the author's publisher

Siobhan Dowd was born in London to Irish parents. She spent much of her youth visiting the family cottage in Aglish, County Waterford, and later the family home in Wicklow Town and went on to study Classics at Oxford.

A Swift Pure Cry, Siobhan's first novel, was published by David Fickling Books, in March 2006. In May 2007 it won many children’s book awards including the prestigious Brandford Boase Award. Her second novel, The London Eye Mystery, was published by David Fickling Books on 7 June 2007. Two further novels were published posthumously in 2008 and 2009, Bog Child, appeared in February 2008, and her fourth novel, Solace of the Road, in February 2009. The former won the prestigious Carnegie Medal.

Tragically, Siobhan died at the age of 47, in August 2007; she had been receiving treatment for advanced breast cancer for three years. Her memory lives on in The Siobhan Dowd Trust, set up to help disadvantaged children in the UK and Ireland discover and experience the joy of reading. Although she was ill, Siobhan personally and energetically supervised its foundation; it was one of the very last things on her mind and clearly, for her, the most pressing cause in our society today.

Siobhan was a writing phenomenon: discovering that she was fatally ill, she put pen to paper and produced four of the most remarkable novels for children you could wish for. Her loss to the world of children’s writing is a tragedy. But it is utterly characteristic that Siobhan should, at the end, put her mind unerringly to the most deserving group of all: the young reader. Siobhan realized that our literary culture - critics, bookshops, agents, publishing, libraries, schools - depends ultimately on the reader. And, of readers, the young reader is the most vulnerable. And amongst young readers, the disadvantaged young reader is the most deprived of all. Siobhan, at the last, and with all her usual clarity, decided to help them. And you can help them too.

The aims of the Trust are simple and direct:

To take stories to our children without stories.

The Siobhan Dowd Trust Books
A Swift Pure Cry
The London Eye Mystery
Bog Child
Solace of the Road

The Trustees

Please log on to www.siobhandowdtrust.com for more details about the Trust, about how to donate and about how to apply for support.


Featured Books, with extracts, by Siobhan Dowd

The London Eye Mystery
Siobhan Dowd
This was only Siobhan Dowd's second novel but it's clear her talent as a superb storyteller is beyond question. Sadly, however she died in late 2007 so whatever you do don't miss her four novels. Her first, A Swift Pure Cry, was...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Bog Child
Siobhan Dowd
Winner of Carnegie Award 2009 and the Bisto Irish Children's Book Award 2009. A challenging book full of mystery and shadows. Both terrifying and fascinating from the start, Bog Child is a must-read. The plot follows Fergus, a boy who...
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Format: Paperback | Released 30/07/2015
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Solace of the Road
Siobhan Dowd
Shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Children's Book Award 2009, for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2009 and for the 20th Bisto Children's Book of the Year Award 2010. Beautifully written and achingly moving, Solace of the Road is the poignant and desperate...
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Format: Paperback | Released 30/07/2015
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A Swift Pure Cry
Siobhan Dowd
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2007. A superb first novel, beautifully written, deeply moving and full of heartbreak. When Shell Talent's mother dies everything around her begins to fall to pieces. Tired of looking after her younger brother and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 30/07/2015
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The Ransom of Dond
Siobhan Dowd - illustrated by Pam Smy
November 2013 Mega Book of the Month Suffused with all that is best in story-telling traditions, this poignant story with a pleasing twist in its telling is perfectly and briefly told by the late, award-winning Siobhan Dowd and perfectly complemented...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/11/2013
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Bog Child
Siobhan Dowd
Winner of Carnegie Award 2009 and the Bisto Irish Children's Book Award 2009. New and challenging book full of mystery and shadows from recently deceased author Siobhan Dowd. Both terrifying and fascinating from the start, Bog Child is a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/01/2011
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Solace of the Road
Siobhan Dowd
Shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Children's Book Award 2009, for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2009 and for the 20th Bisto Children's Book of the Year Award 2010. Beautifully written and achingly moving, Solace of the Road is the poignant and desperate...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/03/2010
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Bog Child
Siobhan Dowd
Winner of Carnegie Award 2009 and the Bisto Irish Children's Book Award 2009 and shortlisted for the . New and challenging book full of mystery and shadows from recently deceased author Siobhan Dowd. Both terrifying and fascinating from the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/02/2009
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Solace of the Road
Siobhan Dowd
Shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Children's Book Award 2009 - the winner will be announced in early January. Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2009 Beautifully written and achingly moving, Solace of the Road is the poignant and...
Lovereading Price: £8.79 - Saving £2.20 (20%) Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/02/2009
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The London Eye Mystery
Siobhan Dowd
This was only Siobhan Dowd's second novel but it's clear her talent as a superb storyteller is beyond question. Sadly, however she died in late 2007 so whatever you do don't miss her four novels. Her first, A Swift Pure...
Lovereading Price: £5.59 - Saving £1.40 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2008
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Bog Child
Siobhan Dowd
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2008. New and challenging book full of mystery and shadows from recently deceased author Siobhan Dowd. Both terrifying and fascinating from the start, Bog Child is a must-read for 2008. The plot follows...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/02/2008
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The London Eye Mystery
Siobhan Dowd
Shortlisted for the Nasen and TES 'Special Educational Needs Children's Book Award' 2007. When Salim mysteriously disappears while on a ride on the London Eye everyone is frantic and even the police are baffled. Ted has his own theories,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/06/2007
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A Swift Pure Cry
Siobhan Dowd
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2007. A superb first novel, beautifully written, deeply moving and full of heartbreak. When Shell Talent's mother dies everything around her begins to fall to pieces. Tired of looking after her younger brother and...
Lovereading Price: £6.39 - Saving £1.60 (20%) Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2007
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A Swift Pure Cry
Siobhan Dowd
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2007. A superb first novel, beautifully written, deeply moving and full of heartbreak. When Shell Talent's mother dies everything around her begins to fall to pieces. Tired of looking after her younger brother and sister...
Lovereading Price: £8.79 - Saving £2.20 (20%) Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/03/2006
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