Byng in 2016
6 September 1966 |
Winchester, England, United Kingdom
|Education||Central School of Speech and Drama|
|Notable works||Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism|
Georgia Byng (born 6 September 1966) is a British children's writer, illustrator, actress, and film producer.
Byng was born in Winchester, England, and 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. Through her stepfather, Sir Christopher Bland, Byng is the half-sister of Archie Bland, deputy editor of The Independent, and elder sister of Jamie Byng, publisher of Canongate Books.
Byng was educated at Westonbirt School, an independent boarding school for girls in the Cotswold District, in Gloucestershire, South West England. She then attended the Central School of Speech and Drama, a constituent college of the University of London in central London. Following graduation, she went to work as an actress.
Acting and production
Byng worked as an actress from 1989 to 1990, appearing in the television series Screen Two, Dealers, and Capstick's Law. In 2015, she served as producer for the film version of Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism.
Writing and illustration
While pursuing her acting career, Byng began writing comic strips, and illustrating. After her initial success in this field, she gave up acting to write full-time. 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 2012.
Byng married Daniel Chadwick in 1990 but divorced in 1995. She has a daughter, Tiger Rose, from this marriage, born in 1991. She now lives with her second husband, artist Marc Quinn, and her three children, daughter Tiger and sons Sky and Lucas.
Selected works include:
- The Sock Monsters (Orion Publishing Group, 1995)
- Jack's Tree, illustrated by Lucy Su (A & C Black, 2000)
- The Ramsbottom Rumble, illus. Helen Flook (Black, 2001)
Molly Moon series
- Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism (2004)
- Molly Moon Stops the World (2004)
- Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time-Travel Adventure (2005)
- Molly Moon, Micky Minus and the Mind Machine (2007)
- Molly Moon and the Morphing Mystery (2010)
- Molly Moon and the Monster Music (2012)
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- Amanda Craig, "Harry's Heirs". 2006. Retrieved 20 August 2007. Archived 9 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Westonbirt School". Schools Guide 2012. Tatler (tatler.com). Retrieved 9 November 2012.
- Georgia Byng, retrieved 14 May 2016
- Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage: Lady Georgia Byng". The Peerage.[unreliable source]. Last edited 22 May 2004. Retrieved 20 August 2007
- Stefanie Marsh, "The new Marc Quinn". Times Online, 22 January 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2008. (subscription required)
- 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.
- "Georgia Byng. Harper Collins' Author Biography. Retrieved 28 February 2008.[dead link]
- The World of Molly Moon (Georgia Byng and Molly Moon Official)
- Molly Moon series (official)
- Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage: Lady Georgia Byng". The Peerage.
- Daily Telegraph article on Georgia Byng 28 January 2002
- Georgia Byng at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Georgia Byng at Library of Congress Authorities, with 6 catalogue records