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Patrick Ness - 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

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Featured Books, with extracts, by Patrick Ness

Release by Patrick Ness
Reader Reviewed Release
Patrick Ness
May 2017 NewGen Book of the Month. ***Recommended for 16+ due to content. In a Nutshell: love, truth and the power of release | A gripping, soulful novel about a life-changing day,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
A Monster Calls: Special Collector's Edition by Patrick Ness
Reader Reviewed A Monster Calls: Special Collector's Edition
Patrick Ness
This is a gorgeous illustrated hardback of the award-winning novel complete with added interviews with author, illustrator director and cast and photos from the production. Grown from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd and beautifully illustrated by Jim Kay,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
A Monster Calls (Movie Tie-in) by Patrick Ness
Reader Reviewed A Monster Calls (Movie Tie-in)
Patrick Ness
Grown from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd and beautifully illustrated by Jim Kay, Patrick Ness’s extraordinary A Monster Calls has already won numerous awards and earned universal praise. There is now a major film coming and this is the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2016
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Children's Book Award 2016. Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Daring, beautifully written, full of ideas that will bring the reader up short, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Children's Book Award 2016. September 2015 NewGen Book of the Month. Daring, beautifully written, full of ideas that will bring the reader up short, The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/08/2015
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Prize-winning Patrick Ness displays brilliant new skills of sensitivity in this hauntingly touching story of how a boy deals with the looming threat of his mother’s death from cancer....
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness
Prize-winning Patrick Ness displays brilliant new skills of sensitivity in this hauntingly touching story of how a boy deals with the looming threat of his mother’s death from cancer. Haunted by a monster in his dreams, denied much information by...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
More Than This by Patrick Ness
More Than This
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal. One of our Books of the Year 2014. This exceptional new novel from multi-award-winning Patrick Ness will, once again, delight his readers with a superbly written, enthralling and provocative story that raises the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2014
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
The Crane Wife
Patrick Ness
Inspired by a Japanese folk tale, this is set in a very real south London where George runs a print shop. Into his shop comes Kumiko with a tile and his life is transformed. The writing is wonderful. There are...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2014
More Than This by Patrick Ness
More Than This
Patrick Ness
This exceptional new novel from multi-award-winning Patrick Ness will, once again, delight his readers with a superbly written, enthralling and provocative story that raises the most profound questions of adolescence – and answers some of them. Seth drowns. A horrible,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2013
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
A 2013 World Book Night selection. The electrifying and unflinching debut novel about the impossible choices of growing up by award-winning fiction writer Patrick Ness. Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award. Shortlisted for the Carnegie...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/05/2013
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
Monsters of Men
Patrick Ness
Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2011. This is a spine-tingling, page turning read. Heaped with well-deserved awards, the Chaos Walking Trilogy comes to a brilliant conclusion in Monsters of Men. Set in a dystopian future...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/05/2013
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
The Ask and the Answer
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2010. Prize-winning author Patrick Ness follows up The Knife of Never Letting Go with equally hard hitting The Ask and the Answer. Trying to escape, Todd and Viola fall into the hands of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/05/2013
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
Monsters of Men
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award 2011. This is a spine-tingling, page turning read. Heaped with well-deserved awards, the Chaos Walking Trilogy comes to a brilliant conclusion in Monsters of Men. Set in a dystopian future in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/10/2010
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
Monsters of Men
Patrick Ness
May 2010 'new gen' Book of the Month title. This is a spine-tingling, page turning read. Heaped with well-deserved awards, the Chaos Walking Trilogy comes to a brilliant conclusion...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/05/2010
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
The Ask and the Answer
Patrick Ness
Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2009. Costa Book Awards 2009 Judges' comment: "A strikingly original and compelling work." Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009. Prize-winning author Patrick Ness...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2009
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
A 2013 World Book Night selection. The electrifying and unflinching young adult debut novel about the impossible choices of growing up by award-winning fiction writer Patrick Ness. Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award. Shortlisted for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/10/2008
Topics About Which I Know Nothing by Patrick Ness
Topics About Which I Know Nothing
Patrick Ness
One of Patrick Gale's favourite books. A wonderful, humorous and bizarre collection of tales looking at how the world might have been. June 2010 Guest Editor Patrick Gale on Patrick Ness... Before he took the world’s young...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/03/2005

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