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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

And the Ocean Was Our Sky

And the Ocean Was Our Sky

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Mind-bendingly brilliant and fearlessly strange. - Frances Hardinge A haunting, lyrical fable. - The Bookseller Awe-inspiring. - The Times, Children's Book of the Week 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. 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.

Chaos Walking Boxed Set

Chaos Walking Boxed Set

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/08/2019

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.

And the Ocean Was Our Sky

And the Ocean Was Our Sky

Author: Patrick Ness Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2018

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: 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;

Vocea pumnalului. Primul volum al trilogiei Pe taramul haosului

Vocea pumnalului. Primul volum al trilogiei Pe taramul haosului

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2015

Nominalizat la Carnegie Award 2009, castigator al Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2008, James Tiptree Junior Award si Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008.Todd Hewitt e ultimul bA iat din Prentisstown, un oraE mai puE in obiE nuit. Oamenii pot auzi ce gndesc ceilalE i. Tot timpul. ViaE a lor se desfA E oarA ntr-un copleE itor E i nencetat Vacarm; nu existA intimitate, nici secrete.Chiar cu o lunA nainte de a mplini 13 ani, datA la care ar urma sA devinA bA rbat, Todd descoperA ntmplA tor un loc liniE tit. FA rA Vacarm. nsA un asemenea loc nu poate exista! nseamnA cA locuitorii din Prentisstown l-au minE it.E i acum va trebui sA fugA ca sA se salveze de la moarte...Dar unde sA fugi dacA cei care te urmA resc pot auzi TOT ce gndeE ti?Un roman n tradiE ia Aventurilor lui Huckleberry Finn E i a capodoperei De veghe n lanul de secarA , despre un adolescent care fuge, mpreunA cu cinele sA u vorbitor, Manchee, spre o lume normalA . Chiar dacA asta nseamnA sA meargA pnA la capA tul lumii... E i mai departe.Ness e un scriitor foarte nzestrat, de o imprevizibilitate care-E i dA fiori. - The TimesSfrE itul plin de suspans are efectul unui glonE tras direct n stomac. - BooklistUn roman care curge ntr-un ritm furios, nspA imntA tor, captivant E i, uneori, sfE ietor. Este o carte care-E i bntuie imaginaE ia. -Sunday TelegraphNu existA nimic pe lumea asta n afarA de Vacarm, nimic altceva dect gndurile permanente ale oamenilor E i toate lucrurile venind la tine E i la tine E i la tine, din clipa n care spacE ii au dat drumul virusului Vacarmului n timpul rA zboiului, un virus care-a ucis jumA tate din bA rbaE i E i toate femeile, inclusiv pe mama mea, un virus care i-a nnebunit pe restul bA rbaE ilor E i care a nsemnat sfrE itul pentru tot neamul spacE ilor n momentul cnd oamenii, n nebunia lor, au ridicat armele."e;

Rest of Us Just Live Here

Rest of Us Just Live Here

Author: Patrick Ness Format: eBook Release Date: 27/08/2015

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness's bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.Award-winning writer Patrick Ness's bold and irreverent novel powerfully asks what if you weren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend might just be the God of mountain lions... An exceptional novel from the author praised by John Green as "e;an insanely beautiful writer"e;.