Catherine Johnson (novelist)

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Catherine Johnson (born 1962) is a British author and screenwriter. She has written several young adult novels and co-wrote the screenplay for the 2004 drama film Bullet Boy (directed by and co-written with Saul Dibb).[1]


Catherine Johnson was born in London in 1962. Her father was Jamaican and her mother was Welsh. Johnson grew up in North London and attended Tetherdown Primary School. Later she studied film at St Martin's School of Art before turning to writing.[2] Her first book, The Last Welsh Summer, was published by Welsh publisher Pont Books in 1993. She has since written and published fourteen novels. In 1999 her book Landlocked was honoured as an International Youth Library White Raven book.[3]

Catherine Johnson has been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the London Institute, a Writer in Residence at Holloway Prison and a Reader in Residence at the Royal Festival Hall’s Imagine Children’s Literature Festival.[4]


  • The Last Welsh Summer. Llandysul: Pont, 1993
  • Sophie's Ghost. Llandysul: Pont, 1994
  • Other Colours. London: Livewire, 1997
  • Landlocked. Llandysul: Pont, 1999
  • In Black and White. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000
  • Hero. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001
  • Stella. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002
  • Face Value. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005
  • Cuts Deep. London: Evans, 2007
  • The Dying Game. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007
  • A Nest of Vipers. London: Corgi, 2008
  • Arctic Hero. Edinburgh: Barrington Stoke, 2008
  • Con Men. Edinburgh: Barrington Stoke, 2009
  • The Munro Inheritance. London: Corgi, 2009
  • Nightmare Card. Edinburgh: Barrington Stoke, 2011
  • Brave New Girl. London: Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2011
  • Sawbones. London: Walker Books Ltd, 2013
  • The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo. London: Corgi Books, 2015


  • 1999 IBBY White Raven Award - Landlocked
  • 1999 Wales Book of the Year Award (shortlist) - Landlocked
  • 2002 Hampshire Book Award (shortlist) - Stella
  • 2008 Leeds Book of the Year Award (shortlist) - A Nest of Vipers
  • 2008 Phoenix Book Award (shortlist) - A Nest of Vipers
  • 2009 Birmingham KS3 Chills Award (shortlist) - Arctic Hero


  1. ^ "Bullet Boy: Making Of". Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Catherine Johnson. "About Catherine". Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "White Ravens". International Children's Digital Library. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Catherine Johnson". The British Council. Retrieved 20 February 2010.