Martin Waddell

Martin Waddell is widely regarded as one of the finest contemporary writers of books for young people and he won the prestigious Hand Christian Anderson Award in 2004. He is also a twice winner of the Smarties Book Prize – for “Farmer Duck” and “Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?” – and he also won the Kurt Maschler Award for “The Park in the Dark” and the Best Books for Babies Award for “Rosie’s Babies”. Among his many other titles are the novels “The Haunting of Ellen”; “Tango’s Baby”; “The Life and Loves of Zoë T. Curley”; “The Kidnapping of Suzie Q”; and his trilogy about the troubles in Northern Ireland: “Starry Night” (Winner of the Other Award, runner-up for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and short listed for the Young Observer Teenage Fiction Prize), “Frankie’s Story” and “The Beat of the Drum”.