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Picture credit: Denise Curran

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“Kate is a powerful mix of understanding and demanding.”


Writing stories for as long as she’s been able to read them, Lucy Adlington is now a successful author, presenter and keen collector of vintage and antique costume. She writes history-inspired fiction for teens and fascinating social history books. She also runs the History Wardrobe, an organisation which gives hugely sought after dress history talks across the UK.

Lucy's books have been longlisted for the CLIP Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for many other book awards including the Manchester Book Prize, the Leeds Book Prize and the Rotherham Book Award. She is also published in the States, most recently by Candlewick, and translated into many languages.

lucy’S BOOKS

Summerland, Hot Key Books, 2019; Women’s Lives and Clothes in WW2, Pen & Sword, 2019; The Red Ribbon, Hot Key Books, 2017; Stitches in Time, Random House Books, 2015; The Women in World War One, The History Press, 2014; Great War Fashion, The History Press, 2013; Night Witches, Hodder Children’s Books, 2013; Burning Mountain, Hodder Children’s Books, 2010; The Glittering Eye, Hodder Children’s Books, 2009; Cherry Heaven, Hodder Children’s Books, 2007; The Diary of Pelly-D, Hodder Children’s Books, 2005.



“Storytelling at its most seductive.”

Sunday Morning Post 


Daily Mail

“Captivates, inspires and ultimately enriches.”

Heather Morris author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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Childhood favourites were JRR Tolkien and Enid Blyton. These days I’m inspired by writers who dare to find their own voice and tell bold new stories.


Many of my ideas are spun from history and each book I write stretches my imagination and abilities. Kate has been supportive right from that first, heady ‘I want to represent you’ phone call. She’s a powerful mix of understanding and demanding.


From the very first pages of Lucy’s first novel I was hooked.  She is not capable of writing a dull sentence.  Her prose draws you in; the stories she tells are utterly remarkable; and her knowledge of and passion for women’s lives and stories through history are infectious.