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Piers Torday

  • 5 stars across 10 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.

    Piers 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. The third book in the trilogy, The Wild Beyond, was published in 2015 to critical acclaim. His next book for children, There May Be A Castle, will be published in October 2016.


    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 (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, April 2016).


    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, he now lives in London with his husband and hopefully a cat.
    1st August 2013

    The Last Wild Trilogy: The Last Wild: Book 1

    AS SEEN ON BBC'S COUNTRYFILE From the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize This is a story ab... More

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    6th October 2016

    There May Be a Castle

    A remarkable story about love and death from the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction PrizeEleven-year-old Mouse is... More

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    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 last wild ani... More

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    3rd September 2015

    The Last Wild Trilogy: The Wild Beyond: Book 3

    AS SEEN ON BBC'S COUNTRYFILE FROM THE WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION PRIZE A thrilling... More

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    6th September 2018

    The Lost Magician

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

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    1st July 2013

    The Last Wild

    In a world where animals no longer exist, twelve-year-old Kester Jaynes sometimes feels like he hardly exists either. Lo... More

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    27th March 2014

    The Dark Wild

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

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    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

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    30th November 2016

    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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    5th September 2019

    The Frozen Sea

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