Chris Priestley

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Chris Priestley (born 1958) is an award-winning British children's book author and illustrator. He lives in Cambridge.[1]

Biography and career[edit]

Chris Priestley was born in Hull, and lived in Wales and Gibraltar, where as a nine-year-old, he won a medal in a local newspaper’s story-writing competition. In 1976, after spending his teens in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he left to study illustration at Manchester Polytechnic,[2] leaving in 1980 to freelance in London. He worked as an illustrator for a wide range of clients and his work appeared regularly in The Times, The Listener and The Observer. He also worked briefly as a poster designer for the Royal Court Theatre and others.

He has produced several strip cartoons - ‘Bestiary’ for The Independent on Sunday (with Chris Riddell), ‘Babel’ for The Observer, ‘7:30 for 8:0’ for The Independent and ‘Payne’s Grey’ for the New Statesman. From 1990 to 1996 he was a weekly cartoonist on The Economist and from 1996 to 1998 a daily cartoonist on The Independent.[3]

His paintings have been widely exhibited, most recently at the Eastern Open and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, both in 2013.

In 2000 he published his first children's book Dog Magic.[4]

In 2004, Death and the Arrow was shortlisted for an Edgar Award[5][6] in the US and in 2006, Redwulf's Curse won the Lancashire Fantastic Book Award.

Tales of Terror from the Black Ship won a CPNB Vlag and Wimpel in 2010 for the Dutch translation.[7]

The German translation of Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror was shortlisted for a Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 2011.[8]

Tales of Terror from the Tunnel’s Mouth won the Dracula Society Children of the Night Award in 2009.

Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror, The Dead of Winter and Mister Creecher were all nominated for the Carnegie Medal (literary award). Mister Creecher won the BASH (Book Award St Helens)[9] in 2012.

Chris Priestley has also written for radio, contributing two stories to the BBC Radio 2 It’s Grimm Up North collection of Brothers Grimm updates, transmitted on Christmas Eve 2012.[10]


  • The Dead Men Stood Together (2013)
  • Through Dead Eyes (2013)
  • Blood Oath (2011)
  • The Dead Of Winter (2010)
  • Mister Creecher (2010)
  • New World (2007)
  • Billy Wizard (2005)
  • Battle of Hastings (2003)
  • Witch Hunt (2003)
  • Battle of Britain: My Story (2002)
  • Jail-breaker Jack (2001)
  • Dog Magic! (2000)

Tom Marlowe Adventure[edit]

  • Redwulf's Curse (2005)
  • The White Rider (2004)
  • Death and the Arrow (2003)

Tales of Terror[edit]

  • The Teacher's Tales of Terror (2011)[11]
  • Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth (2009)
  • Tales of Terror from the Black Ship (2008)
  • Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror (2007)


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