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Linda Newbery - Author

About the Author

Linda Newbery always wanted to be a writer, filling exercise books with stories which she hid in her wardrobe, but only began submitting her work once she became a secondary school teacher. She had her first novel published in 1988 and is now a full-time writer. Linda writes for various age groups and has twice been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, for The Shell House and Sisterland and in 2006 won the Costa Children’s Book Award for Set in Stone.
Linda lives in a Northamptonshire village with her husband and three cats. She is an active member of the SAS and on the committee of the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group of the Society of Authors.

Linda on Linda
When I was a child, dreaming that one day I might be an author, I used to gaze longingly at the N shelves in bookshops and libraries, and imagine my own books parked next to E. Nesbit’s. She’s still there, with her classic stories The Railway Children, Five Children and It, and others. Philip Pullman, nearby, takes up an awful lot of space, but sometimes there’s room for me between them.

As a child I used to do a lot of secret writing in my bedroom. I rarely showed anyone, and certainly not my teachers. At that time I was rather unwisely trying to write complete novels. Later, when exams got in the way, I began writing poetry - because poems could be short!

When I was a teenager, there was no such thing as teenage fiction – you went straight from children’s books to adult books. It wasn’t until much later, when I was training to be an English teacher, that I came across teenage fiction, and excellent writers such as K. M. Peyton, Aidan Chambers and Jill Paton Walsh. Before long I wanted to have a go. 

Featured books by Linda Newbery

The Shell House

The Shell House

YA readers

Author: Linda Newbery Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2003

Award-winning Linda Newbery uses the ruins of an old house as a way of unifying two stories about two young men in a thought-provoking view of World War 1. Contemporary Greg comes across the Shell House on a bicycle ride and wonders about the story behind it. Increasingly drawn to it, within its history he uncovers the tragic story of Edmund. The son of the house, Edmund, is scarred by his experiences at the front in World War 1 the horrors of which are made worse by the disjunction between the reality of the conditions endured by the soldiers and the smug and ignorant attitudes of his family and their friends. Greg unravels Edmund’s story bringing his own contemporary views of the war into the frame while also identifying with Edmund as both search for their acceptance of their identity.

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Other books by Linda Newbery

This Book is Cruelty-Free Animals and Us

This Book is Cruelty-Free Animals and Us

Author: Linda Newbery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2021

How do the everyday choices you make affect animals and the environment? This book looks at all the things you can do to live cruelty free. It's a guide for older children and teenagers concerned about animals, wildlife and the planet we live on. Packed with information on how to live a cruelty-free life, it includes sections on: Using your spending power. The choices we make - what to eat, what to buy, what to wear - and how these affect animals. Asking questions and reading labels. Cruelty-free fashion and beauty. What's on your plate? Being vegetarian or vegan, or just eating less meat? What impact can your diet have on cruelty and on the environment? Should you have a pet? If so, would your pet choose you as its owner? Points to consider before bringing an animal into your home. Animals on show. Do zoos and animal parks look after animals or exploit them? Good zoos and their important conservation work. Watching wild animals. Watching and learning about wildlife - building an appreciation of nature and helping your mental wellbeing. Love those bugs! Many people are squeamish about insects, but these creatures are vital to ecosystems. Don't throw it away - there is no away. Simple things everyone can do to avoid waste: recycling, re-using, choosing plastic-free. Resist the throwaway culture. Where do you draw your line? What can you realistically achieve? Some of the difficulties, especially if family / friends don't agree with you. What are the best (and worst) ways of influencing others? How to feel confident with your decisions. How to handle everyday situations and counter arguments. Campaigning - anti-cruelty organisations to support. The power of protest. This book will help you to live as cruelty-free as possible and to examine all of the areas in your life where you can help animals and the environment. Choose to live without cruelty. Choose this book and find out how.

Posy

Posy

Author: Linda Newbery Illustrator: Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

An adorable story about the cutest and cheekiest of kittens. Perfect for cat lovers of all ages! She's a whiskers wiper, knitting tangler, cushion clawer, sprawly snorer... Join Posy the kitten as she bounces and pounces through an adventure-filled day. Posy may be one of the cheekiest, most inquisitive kittens around, but that doesn't stop her being one of the most loveable ones too! An irresistible picture book from Costa Children's Book Award Winner, Linda Newbery and Kate Greenaway Medal Winner, Catherine Rayner. Inspired by their own love of cats!

Girls on the Up

Girls on the Up

Author: Linda Newbery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2019

Discover the extraordinary lives of the inspiring girls who have lived throughout history at 6 Chelsea Walk. Andie loves living in Chelsea. Amongst the fashion, music and art galleries along the trendy King's Road, she dreams of becoming an artist. There's even a real artist living in the flat downstairs. Andie's best paintings are inspired by the moon, and she can't wait for the first moon landing. But can Andie find the courage to reach for the stars and show her paintings? An irresistible novel set against the vivid backdrop of the moon landing - one of the most thrilling moments in modern history.

The Brockenspectre

The Brockenspectre

Author: Linda Newbery, Pam Smy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2018

Tomas wants to be like his father - strong, brave and fearless. Pappi is a mountain guide, often away from home. He has taught Tomas to love the mountains, but also to fear their dangers - the winds and blizzards, the treacherous paths, the giddying slopes. Above all, Tomas fears the Brockenspectre - a huge, shadowy creature that lives alone in the heights, waiting for unwary climbers. Its looming figure haunts his thoughts and his dreams. When Pappi goes out one day and fails to return, Tomas knows it's up to him to search - up on the high mountain passes, where dangers await. Will Tomas find his father . . . or will the Brockenspectre find him?

Set In Stone

Set In Stone

Author: Linda Newbery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2018

When Samuel Godwin, a young and naive art tutor, accepts a job with the Farrow family at their majestic home, little does he expect to come across such a web of secrets and lies. His two tutees are as different as chalk and cheese - the beautiful younger sister Marianne, full of flightiness and nervous imagination, and Juliana, oddly sensible and controlled. Assisted by their elusive governess, Charlotte Agnew, Samuel begins to uncover slowly why Marianne is so emotionally fragile. But his discoveries lead to revenge and betrayal - and lives all around are turned upside down as life and death combat each other for supremacy. Linda Newbery has written a novel in diary style, combining different voices and a different century with her usual brilliance and ease. These are characters full of the same passions as our own today, while living in a less familiar and fascinating time.

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