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Patrick Ness - Author

About the Author

Patrick Ness was born on an army base called Fort Belvoir, near Alexandria, Virginia, in the United States. His father was a drill sergeant in the US Army. He lived in Hawaii until he was almost six, spent the ten years after that in suburban Washington state, and then on to Los Angeles, where he studied English Literature at the University of Southern California.

His main job after graduating was as corporate writer at a cable company, writing manuals, form letters and speeches and once even an advertisement for the Gilroy, California Garlic Festival (this is true). If you're American and hated your cable company, he probably wrote you a letter of apology.

He got his first story published in Genre magazine in 1997 and was working on his first novel when he moved to London in 1999. He's lived here ever since. Sometimes he teaches creative writing but mostly he tries to write 1,000 words a day, 'come hell or high water'.

In May 2008, he published The Knife of Never Letting Go, his first book for young adults. It won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Booktrust Teenage Prize and he hasn't looked back since. Click here to read a Q&A with Patrick.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Patrick Ness

1. He has a tattoo of a rhinoceros.
2. He has run two marathons.
3. He is a certified scuba diver.
4. He wrote a radio comedy about vampires.
5. He has never been to New York City but...
6. He has been to Sydney, Auckland and Tokyo.
7. He got accepted into film school but turned it down to study writing.
8. He was a goth as a teenager (well, as much of a goth as you could be in Tacoma, Washington and still have to go to church every Sunday).
9. He is no longer a goth.
10. Under no circumstances will he eat onions.

Author photo © Helen Giles

Featured books by Patrick Ness

The Crane Wife

The Crane Wife

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2014

The extraordinary happens everyday. One night, George Duncan is woken by a noise in his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by an arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George helps the bird, and from the moment he watches it fly away, his life is transformed. The next day, a beautiful woman called Kumiko walks into his shop and begins to tell him the most extraordinary story. Wise, romantic, magical and funny, The Crane Wife is a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love.

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Other books by Patrick Ness

Burn

Burn

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2021

An all-consuming story of revenge, redemption and dragons from the twice Carnegie Medal-winner Patrick Ness. On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron Gas Station for the dragon he'd hired to help on the farm. This dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye. Sarah can't help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn't have a soul but is seemingly intent on keeping her safe from the brutal attentions of Deputy Sheriff Emmett Kelby. Kazimir knows something she doesn't. He has arrived at the farm because of a prophecy. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents - and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself. From the bestselling author of the Chaos Walking trilogy comes a heart-stopping story of fanaticism, hope, bravery and impossible second chances, set in a world on the very brink of its own destruction. Exhilarating and heart-stopping. Russell T Davies Gloriously original and unpredictable ... Mind-bending in the best possible way. Observer A clever, complex and completely engrossing story. The Times [An] extraordinary story of fate, power and redemption ... He is a remarkable talent. Daily Mail Ness shows that although monsters exist in every world, many wish to overcome them; and even in the smoking ruins of civilisation, there is room for hope. Guardian Revenge, redemption, the Cold War and dragons. Another great tale from the master with the best opening line of any book this year. Simon Mayo You can always rely on Patrick Ness to surprise you, and this beautifully written urban fantasy doesn't disappoint ... an immersive, rewarding read. Independent Never less than gripping ... full of charm, intriguing characters and awesome, cinematic set-pieces. SFX An incredibly touching, powerful and startling read. Female First A provocative Cold War-set tale of dragon worshippers, parenthood, and the apocalypse. Entertainment Weekly Gripping until the end. Irish Times

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

Author: Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 03/05/2021

Conor is dealing with more than an ordinary teenager should have to: his mum is seriously ill, his dad lives far away with a new family, he has terrifying nightmares every night - and now he's being visited by a monster. An ancient, elemental creature, born from nature, who has forced its way into his world. But through his encounters with the monster, and the stories the creature tells him, Conor slowly learns to come to terms with what is happening around him. This edition of Patrick Ness's bestselling novel includes supporting notes that explore the themes, context and language, and that are perfect for students.

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

Author: Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2021

The 10th anniversary edition of the bestselling novel about love, loss and hope from the twice Carnegie Medal-winning Patrick Ness. Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don't quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there's a visitor at his window. It's ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd and weaves an extraordinary and heartbreaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive. Since publication, A Monster Calls has become an international bestseller and been made into a film starring Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson and Sigourney Weaver.

Chaos Walking Boxed Set

Chaos Walking Boxed Set

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 08/03/2021

The complete Chaos Walking trilogy is now available in this striking boxed set. Soon to be a major motion picture starting Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley - read it before you watch the film! Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in a constant, overwhelming Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. Then Todd Hewitt unexpectedly stumbles on a spot of complete silence. Which is impossible. And now he's going to have to run... Patrick Ness's award-winning modern classic makes essential, gripping reading and is soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley. This boxed set includes paperback editions of The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men.

Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go

Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go

Author: Patrick Ness Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 22/01/2021

Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go

Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Audio disc Release Date: 22/01/2021

Chaos Walking: Book 1 The Knife of Never Letting Go

Chaos Walking: Book 1 The Knife of Never Letting Go

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2021

The multi-award-winning novel by Patrick Ness, the first in a gripping trilogy, is now a major motion picture starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley. Todd Hewitt lives in a town unlike other towns. There are no women, and everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. But then Todd meets someone who should not exist: a girl. Even in a town where privacy is impossible, there is a secret so terrible, they're going to have to run for their lives. But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought? Terrifying, exhilarating and heartbreaking. Sunday Telegraph

Burn

Burn

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2020

And The Ocean Was Our Sky

And The Ocean Was Our Sky

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/01/2019

And The Ocean Was Our Sky

And The Ocean Was Our Sky

Author: Patrick Ness Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/01/2019

And the Ocean Was Our Sky

And the Ocean Was Our Sky

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

From the multi-award-winning author of A Monster Calls comes a haunting tale of power and obsession that turns the story of Moby Dick upside down. Call me Bathsheba. The whales of Bathsheba's pod live for the hunt. Led by the formidable Captain Alexandra, they fight a never-ending war against men. Then the whales attack a man ship, and instead of easy prey they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself... With their relentless Captain leading the chase, they embark on the final hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of whales and men.

Release

Release

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/11/2017

Release

Release

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 04/05/2017

The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls.The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. It's Saturday, it's summer and, although he doesn't know it yet, everything in Adam Thorn's life is going to fall apart. But maybe, just maybe, he'll find freedom from the release. Time is running out though, because way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake...

Pe viata si pe moarte. Al doilea volum din trilogia Pe taramul haosului

Pe viata si pe moarte. Al doilea volum din trilogia Pe taramul haosului

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 22/08/2016

COSTA Children's Book Award2008 Guardian Children's Fiction PrizeAl doilea volum din Trilogia Pe tA rmul haosuluiAl doilea volum al Trilogiei este o poveste pasionantA , E ocantA E i profund tulburA toare despre rezistenE a n cele mai grele condiE ii.Fugind din calea unei armate necruE A toare, Todd a dus-o pe Viola, grav rA nitA , direct n minile celui mai mare duE man al lor, Primarul Prentiss. DespA rE it pe loc de Viola E i ntemniE at, Todd e obligat sA nveE e regulile noii ordini a Primarului.Dar ce lucruri misterioase pndesc chiar n preajma oraE ului?E i unde e Viola? Mai este ea n viaE A ?E i cine se ascunde n spatele Ripostei?Iar apoi, ntr-o zi, totul scapA de sub controlUn roman alert, plin de acE iune, care exploreazA diverse teme, precum loialitatea, manipularea, ambiguitatea moralA E i violenE a, dar n care se simte mereu dorinE a de dragoste E i izbA vire. O lecturA obligatorie pentru fani. "e;-Ness e n acelaE i timp accesibil E i sofisticat, abordnd subiecte serioase - terorismul, feminismul, genocidul, iubirea - ntr-un stil inconfundabil. O carte de citit pe nerA suflate."e; - Sunday TimesOriginal E i plin de suspans."e;

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Audio disc Release Date: 01/11/2015

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Author: Patrick Ness Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2015