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Piers Torday

  • 5 stars across 8 books

     Piers Torday began his career in theatre and then television as a producer and writer. His bestselling first book for children,  The Last Wild  , was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as numerous other awards. His second book,  The Dark Wild  , won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. His most recent book for children,  There May Be A Castle  , was published in October 2016 to critical acclaim and was a Children's Book of the Year for  The Times  .


      The son of the late Paul Torday (author of  Salmon Fishing in the Yemen  ) Piers recently completed his father's final unfinished novel,  The Death of an Owl  . He also adapted John Masefield's classic  The Box of Delights  for stage in 2017.


      In regular demand as a speaker at schools and festivals, Piers is also a reading helper with Beanstalk, a former judge on the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a Patron of Reading at Heathmere School and a trustee of the Pleasance Theatre.


      Born in Northumberland, Piers now lives in London with his husband and their dog Huxley.



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    1st August 2013

    The Last Wild Trilogy: The Last Wild: Book 1

    From the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize This is a story about a boy named Kester. He is extrao... More

    (29 reviews)
    19th August 2021

    The Wild Before

    Can one hare alone change the world? The captivating animal adventure destined to be loved by readers of all ages.... More

    (26 reviews)
    9th August 2018

    The Lost Magician

    'If you can imagine it, it exists ... somewhere.' The new spellbinding fantasy adventure from the bestselling,... More

    (18 reviews)
    5th September 2019

    The Frozen Sea

    A spellbinding adventure from the bestselling, award-winning author of The Last Wild trilogy. 'A dazzling... More

    (14 reviews)
    27th March 2014

    The Last Wild Trilogy: The Dark Wild: Book 2

    WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION PRIZE 2014. Twelve-year-old Kester thought he had discovered the las... More

    (8 reviews)
    2nd April 2015

    The Wild Beyond

    This is the story of a boy named Kester. He has rescued the last wild animals in the world, and saved his capital city f... More

    (8 reviews)
    6th October 2016

    There May Be a Castle

    A remarkable story about love and death from the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize Eleven-year-ol... More

    (5 reviews)
    30th November 2016

    A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

    As the sun rises behind Mount Yuhan, a leopard, a hornbill, a civet and a tortoise ascend a ladder into the clouds. A fl... More

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