Georgia Byng

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Georgia Byng (born 1965) is a British author of children's books. She went to the Central School of Speech and Drama, but gave up acting to write.[1] She began by writing comic strips and illustrating. Her first published book was a comic strip story, The Sock Monsters. Byng's best-known work is Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism, a book about a girl who finds a book about hypnotism and learns how to hypnotise people. In later books, Molly Moon learns to use other powers; including stopping time, travelling through time, reading minds, and morphing into other forms. There is a sixth book in the Molly Moon series planned for 2013.

Early life[edit]

Georgia Byng was born on 6 September 1965,[2] and brought up in the small village of Abbots Worthy in Hampshire, Southern England. She is the elder daughter and second child of the eighth Earl of Strafford and his first wife Jennifer May. Byng was previously married in 1990 (divorced 1995)[2] to Daniel Chadwick,[3] by whom she had a daughter, Tiger Rose, born 1991. She now lives with her second husband, artist Marc Quinn, and her three children, daughter Tiger and sons Sky and Lucas.[4][5][6]

Through her stepfather, Sir Christopher Bland, Byng is the half-sister of print journalist and now Deputy Editor of The Independent newspaper, Archie Bland,[7] and the elder sister of the publisher Jamie Byng, of Canongate Books.[1]


Byng was educated at Westonbirt School, a boarding independent school for girls in Cotswold, in Gloucestershire, South West England.[8] She then attended the Central School of Speech and Drama, a constituent college of the University of London in central London.


Molly Moon[edit]

  1. Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism
  2. Molly Moon Stops the World
  3. Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time-Travel Adventure
  4. Molly Moon, Micky Minus and the Mind Machine
  5. Molly Moon and the Morphing Mystery
  6. Molly Moon and the Monster Music


  • The Sock Monsters
  • Jack's Tree


  1. ^ a b Amanda Craig, "Harry's Heirs". 2006. Retrieved 20 August 2007
  2. ^ a b "Cracrofts Peerage". Retrieved 12 August 2011
  3. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage: Lady Georgia Byng". The Peerage. [unreliable source]. Last edited 22 May 2004. Retrieved 20 August 2007
  4. ^ Stefanie Marsh, "The new Marc Quinn". Times Online, 22 January 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
  5. ^ Nigel Reynolds, "Children's writer mounts challenge to Harry Potter" Daily Telegraph, 28 January 2002. Retrieved 20 August 2007.
  6. ^ "Harper Collins' Author Biography of Georgia Byng" Retrieved 28 February 2008
  7. ^ Interview: Sir Christopher Bland – List addict prepared to tick off BT television The Guardian newspaper. Date: 10 February 2006. Retrieved: 4 September 2012.
  8. ^ The Tatler Schools Guide 2012 Retrieved: 9 November 2012

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