Annalena McAfee (born c.1952) Annalena is a British children's author and journalist.
In 2003 she served as a judge for the Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK's largest annual literary award. She has also been on the panel for The South Bank Show arts awards, the Ben Pimlott Prize for political writing (2005), The Guardian/Penguin photography competition for cover art (2006), the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction, and other awards. Literary festivals where she has spoken include Prague (2003) and Hay-on-Wye (2005). In 2008 she served as a judge for the Orwell Prize (for political writing).
McAfee was the editor of The Guardian's review supplement, the Guardian Review, from 1999 until July 2006, when she resigned to pursue a writing career. Before working for The Guardian she was a literary journalist at the Financial Times and theatre critic on the Evening Standard. She has written a number of children's books, some which have been translated into French, German and Dutch. McAfee has also edited an anthology of literary profiles from The Guardian.
- The Spoiler (2011)
- Hame (2017)
- Nightshade (2020)
- All the Way to the Stars
- Busy Baby
- Kirsty Knows Best
- Patrick's Perfect Pet
- The Girl Who Got to No. 1
- Dreamkidz and the Ice Cream that Conquered the World
- Why Do Stars Come Out at Night?
- The Visitors Who Came to Stay (awarded the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis)
- Daniel Zalewski "The Background Hum", New Yorker, 23 February 2009. In this article about her husband, Ian McEwan, McAfee is aged 56; other sources claim she was born in 1948.