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Patrick Ness - Author

About the Author

Patrick Ness was born on an army base called Fort Belvoir, near Alexandria, Virginia, in the United States. His father was a drill sergeant in the US Army. He lived in Hawaii until he was almost six, spent the ten years after that in suburban Washington state, and then on to Los Angeles, where he studied English Literature at the University of Southern California.

His main job after graduating was as corporate writer at a cable company, writing manuals, form letters and speeches and once even an advertisement for the Gilroy, California Garlic Festival (this is true). If you're American and hated your cable company, he probably wrote you a letter of apology.

He got his first story published in Genre magazine in 1997 and was working on his first novel when he moved to London in 1999. He's lived here ever since. Sometimes he teaches creative writing but mostly he tries to write 1,000 words a day, 'come hell or high water'.

 In May 2008, he published The Knife of Never Letting Go, his first book for young adults. It won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Booktrust Teenage Prize and he hasn't looked back since.

Here is an interview with Patrick Ness where he talks about his new book The Rest of Us Just Live Here.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Patrick Ness

1. He has a tattoo of a rhinoceros.
2. He has run two marathons.
3. He is a certified scuba diver.
4. He wrote a radio comedy about vampires.
5. He has never been to New York City but...
6. He has been to Sydney, Auckland and Tokyo.
7. He got accepted into film school but turned it down to study writing.
8. He was a goth as a teenager (well, as much of a goth as you could be in Tacoma, Washington and still have to go to church every Sunday).
9. He is no longer a goth.
10. Under no circumstances will he eat onions.

Click here to read a Q&A with Patrick Ness

Author photo © Helen Giles

Featured books by Patrick Ness

And the Ocean Was Our Sky

And the Ocean Was Our Sky

13+ readers YA readers

Author: Patrick Ness Illustrator: Rovina Cai Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2018

Wonderful illustration illuminates this story of power, obsession and war - a reimagining of Moby Dick from the whale's perspective.

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Other books by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Author: Patrick Ness Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2015

Vocea pumnalului. Primul volum al trilogiei Pe taramul haosului

Vocea pumnalului. Primul volum al trilogiei Pe taramul haosului

Author: Patrick Ness Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2015

Nominalizat la Carnegie Award 2009, castigator al Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2008, James Tiptree Junior Award si Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008.Todd Hewitt e ultimul bA iat din Prentisstown, un oraE mai puE in obiE nuit. Oamenii pot auzi ce gndesc ceilalE i. Tot timpul. ViaE a lor se desfA E oarA ntr-un copleE itor E i nencetat Vacarm; nu existA intimitate, nici secrete.Chiar cu o lunA nainte de a mplini 13 ani, datA la care ar urma sA devinA bA rbat, Todd descoperA ntmplA tor un loc liniE tit. FA rA Vacarm. nsA un asemenea loc nu poate exista! nseamnA cA locuitorii din Prentisstown l-au minE it.E i acum va trebui sA fugA ca sA se salveze de la moarte...Dar unde sA fugi dacA cei care te urmA resc pot auzi TOT ce gndeE ti?Un roman n tradiE ia Aventurilor lui Huckleberry Finn E i a capodoperei De veghe n lanul de secarA , despre un adolescent care fuge, mpreunA cu cinele sA u vorbitor, Manchee, spre o lume normalA . Chiar dacA asta nseamnA sA meargA pnA la capA tul lumii... E i mai departe.Ness e un scriitor foarte nzestrat, de o imprevizibilitate care-E i dA fiori. - The TimesSfrE itul plin de suspans are efectul unui glonE tras direct n stomac. - BooklistUn roman care curge ntr-un ritm furios, nspA imntA tor, captivant E i, uneori, sfE ietor. Este o carte care-E i bntuie imaginaE ia. -Sunday TelegraphNu existA nimic pe lumea asta n afarA de Vacarm, nimic altceva dect gndurile permanente ale oamenilor E i toate lucrurile venind la tine E i la tine E i la tine, din clipa n care spacE ii au dat drumul virusului Vacarmului n timpul rA zboiului, un virus care-a ucis jumA tate din bA rbaE i E i toate femeile, inclusiv pe mama mea, un virus care i-a nnebunit pe restul bA rbaE ilor E i care a nsemnat sfrE itul pentru tot neamul spacE ilor n momentul cnd oamenii, n nebunia lor, au ridicat armele."e;

Rest of Us Just Live Here

Rest of Us Just Live Here

Author: Patrick Ness Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 27/08/2015

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness's bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.Award-winning writer Patrick Ness's bold and irreverent novel powerfully asks what if you weren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend might just be the God of mountain lions... An exceptional novel from the author praised by John Green as "e;an insanely beautiful writer"e;.

The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Knife of Never Letting Go

Author: Patrick Ness Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 22/07/2014

The Ask and the Answer

The Ask and the Answer

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

A new edition of the award-winning second novel in the Chaos Walking trilogy. Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor's new order. But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode...

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