Annabel Pitcher graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature and an ambition to be a children’s author. Her sensational first novel, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, won the Branford Boase award in 2012 for most outstanding debut, and was shortlisted for several major national awards, including the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the Children’s Book Award. It was also a World Book Night 2015 title and is currently in development for a feature film. In 2013, Annabel followed up her debut with Ketchup Clouds, which won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, alongside the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Fiction in the USA. Next came Silence is Goldfish in 2015 and then The Last Days of Archie Maxwell in 2017, both nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Annabel is a hugely successful international author, whose work is published in twenty-five territories.
Annabel is a freelance editor at Cornerstones Literary Consultancy and a reviewer of children’s books for The Guardian. As a former English teacher, Annabel loves visiting schools to talk about her work and has been a guest lecturer at Sheffield Hallam and Bath Spa Universities on their Creative Writing MAs. She regularly appears at all the major literature festivals including Edinburgh, Cheltenham and Hay.
And in real life, Annabel Pitcher is a happy but shattered mother of three young sons.