Agent: Philippa Milnes-Smith
Since the publication of her first novel Runaway in 1979, Gillian Cross has written over forty books, attracting millions of dedicated fans worldwide. She was awarded the UK Library Association‘s Carnegie Medal for Wolf in 1990, and in 1992 she won both the Smarties Prize and the Whitbread Children’s Novel Award for The Great Elephant Chase. Her Demon Headmaster books were turned into a successful cult BBC television series starring Terrence Hardiman and the most recent title The Demon Headmaster: Total Control (OUP) is being adapted for television, again by the BBC.
Gillian was awarded the Little Rebel’s Children’s Book Award in May 2014 for After Tomorrow, her novel which takes an unusual and thought provoking perspective about the expensive of being a refugee. The award recognises children’s fiction for readers aged 0-12 which promotes social justice.
Her adaption of The Iliad and The Odyssey for younger readers (illustrated by Neil Parker) have been highly acclaimed. She has also written a number of titles for reluctant readers with Barrington Stoke.