Agent: Philippa Milnes-Smith
Matt Whyman is a distinctive, contemporary voice in writing for adults and young adults. After graduating from the University of East Anglia’s MA in Creative Writing, Matt’s career has taken him from advice columns (as an agony uncle for Bliss magazine and AOL) and teen self-help guides, to the cutting edge of both adult (Man or Mouse and Columbia Road) and children’s fiction. His young adult novel, The Savages, a black comedy about a family of cannibals, won the 2014 Angus Book Award and is followed by a sequel, American Savage (both Hot Key Books). His highly acclaimed Boy Kills Man was also reissued in 2014 for its 10th anniversary. Matt also worked as a member of ‘Team Sugg’ with Joe Sugg to help realise the best-selling graphic novel Username: Evie and its sequels.
Matt is married with four children and lives in West Sussex, England. An animal lover, his warm and funny memoirs about his family and its eccentric pets (Oink!: My Life with Minipigs and Walking With Sausage Dogs), have both gathered many devoted fans.
He is also the author of The Unexpected Genius of Pigs (HarperCollins). Matt’s other work includes The Nice and Accurate Good Omens TV Companion and Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America and the children’s Our Planet with the WWF. Matt is a popular speaker at literary festivals and other events as well as being a regular member of the advice team on Radio 1’s The Surgery. Matt has written many national health awareness campaigns – for clients including BBC Radio 1, Brook Advisory, NSPCC, the Health Education Authority, Macmillan Cancer Support and CLIC Sargent – as well as numerous articles and features for national newspapers and magazines. He has also fronted several long-running opinion pages for Eve and Marie Claire.