Annabel Pitcher

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Annabel Pitcher (born 1982) is a British children's writer.


Pitcher was born in a village in West Yorkshire. She studied English Literature at Oxford University. Her first novel, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, deals with the tragedy of a family torn apart by a terrorist attack.[1][2] It almost instantly became a bestseller and has been translated into over twenty languages.[3] It was shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award, the Galaxy Children's Book of the Year, the 2012 Carnegie Medal,[4] and the 2011 Dylan Thomas Prize. It won a Royal Society of Authors' Betty Trask Award, the Hull Children's Book of the Year and the prestigious 2012 Branford Boase Award for most outstanding debut novel.[5]

Pitcher's second novel, Ketchup Clouds, won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.[6] It also collected the Edgar Allan Poe award in 2014 for 'Best Young Adult Novel', awarded by the Mystery Writers of America.

Before her first book was published, Annabel trained as a teacher and taught English at Wakefield Girls' High School.

Published books[edit]

Year Title Publisher Awards
2011 My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece   Orion Books

2012 Branford Boase Award

2012 Ketchup Clouds
(US paperback title, Yours Truly)

2013 Waterstones Children's Book Prize  

2013 Project Bright Spark
(illustrated by Roger Simó)
Collins Education  
Silence is Goldfish Indigo/Orion


  1. ^ a b "My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher - review". The Guardian. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Wondrous Reads: Review: My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher". Wonderous Reads. 8 March 2011. Archived from the original on 13 May 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Annabel Pitcher". British Council. Archived from the original on 10 September 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Shortlist for the 2012 CILIP Carnegie Medal announced" Archived 12 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine. 2012 press release. CILIP. Retrieved 2012-06-09.
  5. ^ Alison Flood (5 July 2012). "Brandford Boase award goes to My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Annabel Pitcher wins Waterstones children's book prize" 21 March 2013 The Guardian
  7. ^ "Silence is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher". Waterstones. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2017.

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