Shortlisted for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie Prize

The 2020 CILIP Carnegie shortlist has just been announced. I am thrilled that my book, Girl. Boy. Sea. is on it.

It may seem that in troubled times, books and fairy stories are not relevant to what we are going through: the age of Coronavirus, Brexit, global warming and precarious politics.

But I feel that young people have always needed stories, and perhaps now more than ever.