Sarah Pinborough

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Sarah Pinborough
Sarah Pinbough.jpg
Milton Keynes, England
Pen nameSarah Silverwood
OccupationWriter, teacher
Genrefantasy, young adult
Stephen King
James Herbert
Leisure Books; Gollancz Books; HarperFiction; Random House; Ace Books

Sarah Pinborough is an English author who has written YA and adult thriller, fantasy and cross-genre novels. She has also been a screenwriter in adaptations of her novels for TV as well as in original projects.



She has had more than 20 novels published by several companies and in several countries. They have also been translated into a number of languages.

Leisure Books[edit]

Her work has been published within the horror books section of Leisure Books.[1]

  • The Hidden (2004, Leisure Books) ISBN 978-0843954807 — amnesia is the start of a new life with hidden horrors
  • The Reckoning (2005, Leisure Books) ISBN 978-0843955507 — horrors from teenage years come back to a group of adult friends
  • Breeding Ground (2006, Leisure Books) ISBN 978-0843957419 — end-of-the world novel where most of the population is wiped out by giant spiders born of human women
  • The Taken (2007, Leisure Books) ISBN 978-0843958966 — ghostly revenge novel
  • Tower Hill (2008, Leisure Books) ISBN 978-0-8439-6052-5 — about a small town in America in supernatural peril of Biblical proportions
  • Feeding Ground (2009, Leisure Books) ISBN 0843962933 — sequel to Breeding Ground; Pinborough's original proposal for this sequel would have been called The Brethren but this was rejected by the publisher as being too much like science fiction for their list. The book as written is intended to be like a "creature feature" movie.[2]


Torchwood is a spin-off series from the BBC series Doctor Who. These are TV tie-in novels and short stories in that shared world.

Pinborough has also written short stories for the Torchwood Magazine. These are:

  • Happy New Year Issue 20
  • Mend Me Issue 23

The Dog-Faced Gods series[edit]

Now called the Forgotten Gods Trilogy in the Ace Books reprint.[3]

"The 'Dog Faced Gods' series is set in an alternative world. The Britain of this world isn't a dystopia but it is merely a little crappier and harsher than ours." Jim Steel[4]

  1. A Matter of Blood (2010, Gollancz Books) (2013 Ace Books) ISBN 978-0425258460
  2. The Shadow of the Soul (2011, Gollancz Books) (2013 Ace Books) ISBN 978-0425258484
  3. The Chosen Seed (2012, Gollancz Books) (2013 Ace Books) ISBN 978-0425258507[5]
Sleeping Beauty by Gustave Dore

The Fairy Tale Series[edit]

Modern retellings of fairy stories published by Gollancz Books.

Other novels[edit]

As Sarah Silverwood[edit]

As Sarah Silverwood, Sarah Pinborough writes fantasy fiction for the young adult fiction market.[8]

The Nowhere Chronicles[edit]

This trilogy about teenagers set in a parallel, magical London, has been criticised for relying on a series of stereotypes.[8]

  1. The Double-edged Sword (2010, Gollancz) ISBN 978-1780620596
  2. The Traitor's Gate (2011, Gollancz) ISBN 978-1780620657
  3. The London Stone (2012, Gollancz) ISBN 978-1780620671

Short stories[edit]


Pinborough has written for the BBC and several other television companies. These include treatments that have been aired and others still in long-term development.

  • Pinborough wrote Old School Ties, the second episode of the ninth series of the BBC TV crime drama New Tricks in 2012.[11]

The following are at various stages of development:

  • M (2013) World Productions/ITV Global Returnable Drama Series.
  • Fallow Ground (2012) World Productions Original 3-part drama.
  • Red Summer (2012) Blind Monkey Pictures Feature screenplay. Under option.


Several of her novels have been optioned or adapted for TV or film.[12] This includes:

Personal life[edit]

Pinborough was born in 1972 in Buckinghamshire, UK.

She is a patron of the Educational Wealth Fund.


  1. ^ When I was writing for Leisure that was more restrictive because they have a clear vision of their list. They are horror with a capital H and that is what their readers expect. Interview in 2010 in Black Static 16, page 54
  2. ^ "Q & A with Sarah Pinbourough," Black Static 16 April – May 2010, page 52
  3. ^ a b "Sarah Pinborough". Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  4. ^ British Fantasy Society Journal Autumn 2011 page 29
  5. ^ "An Independent on Sunday Book of the Year 2012". 8 December 2012.
  6. ^ (2013). "Sarah Pinborough – The Language of Dying cover art and synopsis reveal". Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  7. ^ (2014). "Stay With Me by Sarah Pinborough cover art and synopsis". Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  8. ^ a b Bourke, Liz (16 October 2013). "Sarah Silverwood's The Nowhere Chronicles: A Biased Response to Textual Bias". Tor. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  9. ^ Black Static 20 Dec2010/Jan2011 page 10
  10. ^ See question 6 in Musings of the Monster Librarian
  11. ^ ""New Tricks" Old School Ties (TV Episode 2012) - IMDb". IMDb.
  12. ^ a b Cowdrey, Katherine. "Netflix to adapt YA thriller 13 Minutes". The Bookseller. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Director Peter Medak Has Finally Cracked Up". Dread Central. 2 August 2012.
  14. ^ "Netflix series Behind Her Eyes starring Eve Hewson due out in 2021". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 4 November 2020. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  15. ^ Clarke, Stewart (25 January 2019). "'The Crown' Producers Making Psychological Thriller 'Behind Her Eyes' for Netflix". Variety. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  16. ^ Carr, Flora. "When is Behind Her Eyes on Netflix?". Radio Times.

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