Eleanor Updale

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Eleanor Updale
Born1953 (age 64–65)
Alma materSt Anne's College, Oxford; Queen Mary, University of London
GenreHistorical, mystery, suspense fiction; children's fiction
Notable worksMontmorency series
SpouseJames Naughtie

Eleanor Updale (born 1953) is an English fiction writer, best known for the Victorian-era London thriller Montmorency (2003) and its sequels, the Montmorency series.


Eleanor Updale was born in 1953 and grew up in Camberwell in South London. She studied history at St Anne's College, Oxford, before becoming a producer of television and radio current affairs programmes for the BBC. She studied at the new Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at Queen Mary College, University of London, and was awarded a PhD in History in 2007. She is also a trustee of the charity Listening Books. Montmorency was her first book, published by Scholastic Corporation in 2003, and quickly followed by three sequels, with a final (fifth) volume published in 2013.

Updale is married to broadcaster James Naughtie. They have three children.[1]


  • Montmorency series, published by Scholastic Corporation in the U.K. and subsequently by its Orchard Books imprint in the U.S.
    • Montmorency: thief, liar, gentleman? (2003)
    • Montmorency on the Rocks: doctor, aristocrat, murderer? (2004)
    • Montmorency and the Assassins: master, criminal, spy? (2005) – "the final installment of the Montmorency trilogy"[2]
    • Montmorency Revenge: madman, actor, arsonist? (2006)
    • Montmorency's Return (2013)
  • Itch, Scritch, Scratch, illustrated by Sarah Horne (Barrington Stoke, 2008), OCLC 870424607 – picture book
  • Saved (Barrington Stoke, 2008)
  • Johnny Swanson (David Fickling Books, 2010) – "in 1929 England"[3]
  • The Last Minute (David Fickling, 2013)


  1. ^ Kane, Tony. "Time & Leisure Local Lifestyle Magazine". www.timeandleisure.co.uk. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  2. ^ Goodreads [1] and Google Books [2] both display a description, promotional in tone and uncredited, perhaps from the publisher. There is no linked publisher description for the first U.S. edition in the Library of Congress online catalogue [3] and that for the second book [4] is much shorter. Retrieved 2015-04-15.
  3. ^ http://lccn.loc.gov/2010011762

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