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As an adult
Tim Lott was born in 1956 in Southall, Middlesex, England and studied Politics and History at the London School of Economics. As well as journalism, he has worked in publishing and broadcasting, and was editor of the London listings magazine City Limits.Tim has four daughters and lives in London.
As a writer
The Scent of Dried Roses, a moving account of his mother's depression and eventual suicide, won the J. R. Ackerley Prize. His first novel, White City Blue, a vivid and comic contemporary portrait of a group of young male friends, won the Whitbread First Novel Award. It was followed by Rumours of a Hurricane, the story of a couple living in Britain at the beginning of the 1980s and their acceptance of Thatcherite values following the British victory in the Falklands. His other work includes The Love Secrets of Don Juan, The Seymour Tapes and Fearless, his acclaimed first novel for younger readers.
Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014, 11-14 category - June 2013 Book of the Month This cleverly constructed story is about 13 year old Strato who suddenly finds that he can become invisible. Recently moved to a new school where he stands out for knowing more about particle physics than the teacher and for being the only black boy in the school, Strato finds he is even more of an outsider when he finds a mysterious book and learns how to be invisible. Now, without being seen, Strato can find out about everything that is going on around him. And most of it is very surprising! In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for How to be Invisible a small number of our readers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'Beautifully written, readers instantly fall in love with Strato and will struggle to put the book down after reading just the first page. Not only is this book full of adventure and more sentimental moments, but is full of new and interesting facts...'. Scroll down to read more reviews... ---------------------- The winners of the Leeds Book Awards are chosen by you! Read the books, talk about them with your friends & teachers and decide which one is your favourite. You can vote in your local library or at www.leedsbookawards.co.uk. Voting closes on Friday 25th April and the winners will be announced on Tuesday 20th May. See below for the entire shortlist.
This book is awesome in its power. A chilling fable of a heroic girl prepared to risk everything in the pursuit of justice. The heroine is an inspiration for all who read about her. Though written primarily for the 9-12 year old market, Fearless has universal appeal. It is a classic tale of freedom, imprisonment and redemption. With echoes of Orwell, Fearless addresses issues of control and religion in society but above all it is a haunting, powerful story that should not be missed. Lott may have written for adults before but this is his first foray into writing for children and what an exciting new voice it is.Julia Eccleshare comment:A modern fable, this tells how Fearless, a young girl locked up in the City Community Faith School, determines to escape so that she can tell the whole world about what is really happening. A thought provoking account of how one courageous individual can bring about change if they are brave enough to do so. Quote from Jacqueline Wilson: ‘Fearless is powerful, haunting and utterly original, a disturbing but ultimately uplifting story of an indominatable child who will not be crushed by the system. I think it will become an immediate classic. Fearless is fabulous in all senses of the word.’
Award-winning author Tim Lott's inspirational tale of a girl who risks everything in pursuit of justice.The smartly painted exterior of the City Community Faith School hides a disturbing secret. Behind its walls, one thousand girls are forced to labour in the city's laundry, separated from their families and deprived of their freedom. One of these girls is Little Fearless, a courageous spirit who never gives up hope that one day they will be rescued. Unafraid of the punishment she will face, Little Fearless escapes the institute to tell her story to the world. But why does nobody believe she's telling the truth?