Georgia Byng

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Georgia Byng (born 6 September 1966)[1] is a British children's writer. She went to the Central School of Speech and Drama, but gave up acting to write.[2] 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 learns to use other powers such as stopping time, travelling through time, reading minds, and morphing into other forms. The sixth book in the Molly Moon series was released in 2013.

Early life[edit]

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 in 1995)[1] to Daniel Chadwick,[3] by whom she had a daughter, Tiger Rose, born in 1991. She now lives with her second husband, artist Marc Quinn, and her three children, daughter Tiger and sons Sky and Lucas.[4][5][6]

Through her stepfather, Sir Christopher Bland, Byng is the half-sister of the deputy editor of The Independent newspaper,[7] Archie Bland, and the elder sister of the publisher of Canongate Books, Jamie Byng.[2]


Byng was educated at Westonbirt School, an independent boarding school for girls in Cotswold, in Gloucestershire, South West England.[8] 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
  1. Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism (2004)
  2. Molly Moon Stops the World (2004)
  3. Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time-Travel Adventure (2005)
  4. Molly Moon, Micky Minus and the Mind Machine (2007)
  5. Molly Moon and the Morphing Mystery (2010)
  6. Molly Moon and the Monster Music (2012)


  1. ^ a b Cracrofts Peerage. Retrieved 12 August 2011. Archived 29 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Amanda Craig, "Harry's Heirs". 2006. Retrieved 20 August 2007. Archived 9 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage: Lady Georgia Byng". The Peerage. [unreliable source?]. Last edited 22 May 2004. Retrieved 20 August 2007
  4. ^ Stefanie Marsh, "The new Marc Quinn". Times Online, 22 January 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2008. (subscription required)
  5. ^ Nigel Reynolds, ""Children's writer mounts challenge to Harry Potter". Daily Telegraph, 28 January 2002. Retrieved 20 August 2007. Archived 18 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Georgia Byng. Harper Collins' Author Biography. Retrieved 28 February 2008.[dead link]
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "Westonbirt School". Schools Guide 2012. Tatler ( Retrieved 9 November 2012.

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