Georgia Byng (born 6 September 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. 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. The sixth book in the Molly Moon series was released in 2013.
Byng was raised 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) to Daniel Chadwick, 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.
Through her stepfather, Sir Christopher Bland, Byng is the half-sister of print journalist and now Deputy Editor of The Independent newspaper, Archie Bland, and the elder sister of the publisher Jamie Byng, of Canongate Books.
Byng was educated at Westonbirt School, a boarding independent school for girls in Cotswold, in Gloucestershire, South West England. She then attended the Central School of Speech and Drama, a constituent college of the University of London in central London.
- The Sock Monsters (Orion Books, 1995)
- Jack's Tree, illustrated by Lucy Su (A & C Black, 2000)
- The Ramsbottom Rumble, illus. Helen Flook (Black, 2001)
- Molly Moon series
- Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism (2004)
- Molly Moon Stops the World (2004)
- Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time-Travel Adventure (2005)
- Molly Moon, Micky Minus and the Mind Machine (2007)
- Molly Moon and the Morphing Mystery (2010)
- Molly Moon and the Monster Music (2012)
- Cracrofts Peerage. Retrieved 12 August 2011.[dead link]
- Amanda Craig, "Harry's Heirs". 2006. Retrieved 20 August 2007.[dead link]
- Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage: Lady Georgia Byng". The Peerage.[unreliable source]. Last edited 22 May 2004. Retrieved 20 August 2007
- Stefanie Marsh, "The new Marc Quinn". Times Online, 22 January 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2008. (subscription required)
- Nigel Reynolds, ""Children's writer mounts challenge to Harry Potter". Daily Telegraph, 28 January 2002. Retrieved 20 August 2007.[dead link]
- "Georgia Byng. Harper Collins' Author Biography. Retrieved 28 February 2008.[dead link]
- "List addict prepared to tick off BT television". Jane Martinson. The Guardian. 10 February 2006. Retrieved 4 September 2012. Based on an interview of Sir Christopher Bland.
- "Westonbirt School". Schools Guide 2012. Tatler (tatler.com). Retrieved 9 November 2012.
- Official website
- Molly Moon series (official)
- Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage: Lady Georgia Byng". The Peerage.
- Daily Telegraph article on Georgia Byng 28 January 2002
- Georgia Byng at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database