Berlie Doherty - Author

About the Author

Berlie Doherty has written over 60 books as well as plays for radio, theatre and television, short stories and poetry. She has won major awards and prizes in all fields, including the Carnegie Medal (twice), the Writers’ Guild award (twice), Film and Television Award and Royal Philharmonic Society award (for a libretto), and was shortlisted for the International Astrid Lingren award.

Berlie has been published in 21 different languages, and has travelled the world extensively, speaking at International literature festivals and conferences.

She began over 30 years ago by writing short stories for BBC Radio 4 Morning Story, and has published one short story collection, ‘Running on Ice’. Much of her writing is for young adults, though she also writes picture book texts, children’s books and has two novels for adults, ‘Requiem’ and ‘The Vinegar Jar’, both of which are due to be republished in 2014 by Cybermouse MultiMedia Ltd.

Berlie is best known for ‘Dear Nobody’, which won many awards both as a young adult novel and as a play for theatre and for radio. It has also been made into a television drama.

Her book for children, ‘Street Child’, (also a play script) is read and performed extensively in schools throughout the country, and she is currently completing a long-awaited sequel.

Crossing the Glacier’ won First prize in the Daily Telegraph short story competition and was published in the Daily Telegraph Book of Contemporary Short Stories. It has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Featured books by Berlie Doherty

Dear Nobody

Dear Nobody

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty, winner of the Carnegie Medal, is a compelling story told from two points of view, evoking the feelings of both Helen, in a series of letters to the unborn baby, and of Chris as he reads the letters and relives the events of their relationship while Helen is in labour.

Other books by Berlie Doherty

Classic Fairy Tales The Illustrated Collection

Classic Fairy Tales The Illustrated Collection

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2018

A spellbinding collection of twelve classic fairy tales, with exquisite illustrations by Jane Ray - shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. From double Carnegie Medal-winning author Berlie Doherty comes an enchanting collection of classic fairy tales, with magnificent illustrations by Jane Ray. The twelve stories in this collection - Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and the Beast, Rumpelstiltskin, Aladdin, the Fire-bird and Snow White - are among the best-loved fairy tales of all. These classic stories have enthralled children all over the world for hundreds of years; but rarely, if ever, have they been presented as perfectly as here. Berlie Doherty's graceful, direct prose combines with Jane Ray's intensely beautiful pictures to create a most memorable read. Here is fairy tale magic for many a lifetime.

Bella's Den

Bella's Den

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/05/2018

Bella has a secret - one that she is very good at keeping. That secret is a den hidden on a little muddy hill, wild amid the trees and nestled beside some foxes with a den of their own. But soon the secret is betrayed, and the foxes' lives are put in danger... Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 7+

The Girl Who Saw Lions

The Girl Who Saw Lions

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2018

Two girls, from very different places, are brought together in a tale of loss, courage and family. Abela has lost everything, and now she must leave her home in Tanzania and flee to Britain. Rosa's struggling to cope with her mum's wish to adopt a child. When they are brought together, will Abela and Rosa ever be able to love one another like sisters? From the Carnegie Medal-winning author Berlie Doherty, The Girl Who Saw Lions is a powerful and moving story, inspired by the author's visit to Africa.

Blue John

Blue John

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2017

The Queen of Darkness lives deep underground beneath a mountain with her child, Blue John, a boy she made from the blue of the glacier and the hot yellow light of the sun. Blue John is forbidden to leave his mother's side, but the lure of the light above is too strong. When a singing, dancing girl comes to the caves, Blue John must make a choice between darkness and light. A heart-warming story that embraces the beauty and colours of the natural world. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

Classic Fairy Tales The Illustrated Collection

Classic Fairy Tales The Illustrated Collection

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2016

A spellbinding collection of twelve classic fairy tales, with exquisite illustrations by Jane Ray - shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. From double Carnegie Medal-winning author Berlie Doherty comes an enchanting collection of classic fairy tales, with magnificent illustrations by Jane Ray. The twelve stories in this collection - Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and the Beast, Rumpelstiltskin, Aladdin, the Fire-bird and Snow White - are among the best-loved fairy tales of all. These classic stories have enthralled children all over the world for hundreds of years; but rarely, if ever, have they been presented as perfectly as here. Berlie Doherty's graceful, direct prose combines with Jane Ray's intensely beautiful pictures to create a most memorable read. Here is fairy tale magic for many a lifetime. Now reissued with a sumptuous new jacket.

Dear Nobody

Dear Nobody

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty, winner of the Carnegie Medal, is a compelling story told from two points of view, evoking the feelings of both Helen, in a series of letters to the unborn baby, and of Chris as he reads the letters and relives the events of their relationship while Helen is in labour.

Joe and the Dragonosaurus

Joe and the Dragonosaurus

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2015

When Joe's teacher announces the new class project will be all about their pets, Joe turns glum - there's no animals allowed in his house. So when he starts to invent a pet, his imagination turns wild and the dragonosaurus is born! There's lots of fun to be had with his new 'pet', but when Joe notices something amiss on the neighbouring farm the dragonosaurus is quickly abandoned. Perhaps an animal to call his own is closer than Joe thinks. Charming countryside tale about the bond between children and animals, perfect for younger fans of Michael Morpurgo. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

Spellhorn

Spellhorn

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 25/06/2015

A blind girl and a unicorn in a world where magic and reality merge together. Can Laura save the Wild Ones and take them to the safety of the Bright Wilderness?Laura is blind, but though she cannot see, she is an acutely perceptive child. As soon as she climbs onto the unicorn's back she is hurled into a wild and magical world. Though a contemporary child, living in a contemporary setting, Spellhorn and the Wild Ones see Laura as their leader and they know that only through Laura can they reach the safety of the Bright Wilderness. But can the unicorns lead Laura back home to her own world?Powerful and moving, a delicious blend of fantasy and reality.

Far From Home

Far From Home

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 29/01/2015

The sisters of STREET CHILD tell their story... A companion novel to bestselling story of Victorian orphan Jim Jarvis based on the founding of Dr Barnardo's homes for children. When Jim Jarvis is separated from his sisters, Lizzie and Emily, he thinks he will never see them again. Now for the first time, the bestselling author of STREET CHILD reveals what happened to his orphaned sisters. In Victorian London, Lizzie and Emily are left in the care of a cook but their story takes them to the mills of northern England. There, under the keen eyes of the mill owners, the girls are made to work in harsh conditions and any chance of escape is sorely tempting... An incredible new STREET CHILD story based on the true experiences of Victorian mill girls.

Far From Home The Sisters of Street Child

Far From Home The Sisters of Street Child

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2015

The sisters of STREET CHILD tell their story... A companion novel to bestselling story of orphan Jim Jarvis set in Victorian England. When Jim Jarvis is separated from his sisters, Lizzie and Emily, he thinks he will never see them again. Now for the first time, the bestselling author of STREET CHILD reveals what happened to his orphaned sisters. In Victorian London, Lizzie and Emily are left in the care of a cook but their story takes them to the mills of northern England. There, under the keen eyes of the mill owners, the girls are made to work in harsh conditions and any chance of escape is sorely tempting... An incredible new STREET CHILD story based on the true experiences of Victorian mill girls.

Snowy

Snowy

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/02/2014

The Windspinner

The Windspinner

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/12/2013

First the fairies took Tam's little sister, Blue. Then they took his Great-Grandpa Toby. Now Tam has to keep a great secret - not only is Great-Grandpa still in Faery as King, but the old King of the fairies, Oban, is now in Tam's world disguised as a boy Tam's age! At first, it's lots of fun having Oban and his magic around. He manages to charm everybody - even Tam's teacher at school. But then things start to go wrong . . . When Tam finds the magical Windspinner that Great-Grandpa Toby left for him, Oban can't make the magic work like Tam can and he disappears in a huff and starts causing chaos. The only person who can stop the trouble and call Oban home to fairy land is his mother, the Damson Hag. But she's locked up tight in a golden cage. So Tam sets off on another adventure to Faery - this time with Great-great aunt California at his side - to rescue the Damson Hag and try and return Oban and Great-grandpa Toby to their right homes . . .

The Company of Ghosts

The Company of Ghosts

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2013

It was a seascape, moody with rocks and cliffs and wild showers of spray. Ellie's own reflection was drawn into it, like a ghost image among the lights and shadows. `That's our island,' Morag said. `It looks mysterious.' `It is. That's where we're going tomorrow.' Ellie is excited to be going with Morag's family to their beautiful island, but when she finds herself abandoned there, things begin to change. Footsteps, shadows, strange lights, a haunting song; more and more she becomes aware that she is not really on her own. 'We should treasure writers like Berlie Doherty who are incapable of writing a mediocre sentence.' Sunday Telegraph

The Starburster Stories

The Starburster Stories

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2013

Follow Tam on three exciting adventures to the land of Faery - where he'll battle castle nightmares, evil creatures and mischevious fairies! THE STARBURSTER At first, Tam isn't at all keen on his baby sister, Blue. But with a little inventive persuasion from Great-grandpa, Tam changes his mind. One terrible night, Blue is stolen - and an ugly fairy changeling is left in her place! It falls to Tam to journey to the magical land of Faery, return the changeling and win back Blue... THE HUMMING MACHINE Great-grandpa Toby is making so much NOISE! And if Tam can hear the clamour coming from his humming machine, the fairies will too. Soon enough, on the night of a blue moon, Great-grandpa vanishes. Tam must venture to Faery Land once more - but what will he find when he gets there? THE WINDSPINNER First the fairies took Tam's little sister, Blue. Then they took his Great-grandpa Toby. Now Tam has to keep a great secret - not only is Great-grandpa still in Faery as King, but the old King of the fairies, Oban, is now in Tam's world disguised as a boy Tam's age! At first, it's lots of fun having Oban and his magic around. He manages to charm everybody - even Tam's teacher at school. But then things start to go wrong . . . Three enchanting stories from much-loved, Carnegie Award-winning author Berlie Doherty. Young Corgi books are perfect for building reading confidence

The Humming Machine

The Humming Machine

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/07/2013

Great-grandpa Toby is making so much NOISE! And if Tam can hear the clamour coming from his humming machine, the fairies will too. And soon enough, on the night of a blue moon, Great-grandpa Toby vanishes without a trace. While battling nightmarish fairies and decoding the words of the Flame-Reader, Tam eventually discovers his Great-grandpa has been captured by the beautiful Damson Hag, and turned into a nine-year-old boy! Bewitched, fed only with rose petals, and mournfully playing the humming machine to himself, Great-grandpa Toby is tempted to stay in Faery Land and be young for ever... Unless Tam has anything to do with it.

The Famous Adventures of Jack

The Famous Adventures of Jack

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2012

Wild Cat Band 18/Pearl

Wild Cat Band 18/Pearl

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2012

Catrin lives in Wales, and prefers drawing animals to spending time with friends. One night, she hears an eerie howl from the nearby mountain - a wild cat. Can she confront her shyness and go in search of this rare animal? This sensitive story by award-winning author Berlie Doherty shows that courage and friendship can come from unexpected places. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: A mystery story. * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Choices.

Snow Queen: A Magic Beans Story

Snow Queen: A Magic Beans Story

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: eBook Release Date: 22/12/2011

The mischievous imps' magic mirror has frozen Kay's heart, turning him into a miserable prisoner of the Snow Queen. His best friend, Gerda, is racing barefoot across Lapland to save him - together they must find the secret of the universe and sing their way home, before Kay's heart becomes cold and black forever.This story is a magic bean. It may not look much like a bean, but I can promise you that it is. For if you plant it in a young mind, it will grow into a love of story and reading. These beans are favourite fairytales and legends that will delight, thrill and thoroughly entertain. Each story has been brilliantly crafted by one of the best-loved writers for children. This story was published by David Fickling Books as part of the Magic Beans anthology. The complete anthology is available in hardback and in ebook format.

Willa and Old Miss Annie

Willa and Old Miss Annie

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2011

Treason

Treason

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2011

Will Montague is a page to Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII. As the King's favourite, Will gains many enemies in Court. His enemies convince the King that Will's father has committed treason and he is thrown into Newgate Prison. Will flees Hampton Court and goes into hiding in the back streets of London. Lost and in mortal danger, he is rescued by a poor boy, Nick Drew. Together they must brave imprisonment and death as they embark on a great adventure to set Will's father free.

The Three Princes Band 13/Topaz

The Three Princes Band 13/Topaz

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2011

The Three Princes are all desperate to win the love of Princess Halima, and a challenge is set by her father to find the most beautiful, magical gift they can find. But when disaster strikes, will they be magical enough? Full of rich, bold illustrations, this traditional Arabian tale is humorously retold by double-Carnegie-winner Berlie Doherty. * Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * A traditional folktale. * A summary on pages 30 and 31 of the magical objects that the princes find helps readers to recap the story. * Curriculum Links; Citizenship: living in a diverse world, Art and Design: Self Portrait * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Deep Secret

Deep Secret

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2010

Grace put out her hand, almost touching the mirror. Her image did the same. 'There's another world in there.' 'We could float in and out of it.' Deep in a Derbyshire valley live two girls, twins, so alike they seem like one person, even their family can't tell them apart. But tragedy is waiting. When the valley is sold to be flooded for a huge dam, the villagers are forced to leave their homes. Deep secrets are uncovered. New characters enter their lives and desires, love and grief come to the surface.

Spellhorn

Spellhorn

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2010

A blind girl and a unicorn in a world where magic and reality merge together. Can Laura save the Wild Ones and take them to the safety of the Bright Wilderness? Laura is blind, but though she cannot see, she is an acutely perceptive child. As soon as she climbs onto the unicorn's back she is hurled into a wild and magical world. Though a contemporary child, living in a contemporary setting, Spellhorn and the Wild Ones see Laura as their leader and they know that only through Laura can they reach the safety of the Bright Wilderness. But can the unicorns lead Laura back home to her own world? Powerful and moving, a delicious blend of fantasy and reality.

Street Child

Street Child

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2009

Unforgettable tale of an orphan in Victorian London, based on the boy whose plight inspired Dr Barnardo to found his famous children's homes. When his mother dies, Jim Jarvis is left all alone in London. He is sent to the workhouse but quickly escapes, choosing a hard life on the streets of the city over the confines of the workhouse walls. Struggling to survive, Jim finally finds some friends... only to be snatched away and made to work for the remorselessly cruel Grimy Nick, constantly guarded by his vicious dog, Snipe. Will Jim ever manage to be free?

Nightmare: Two Ghostly Tales Band 17/Diamond

Nightmare: Two Ghostly Tales Band 17/Diamond

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2009

Two spooky stories from double-Carnegie-winner, Berlie Doherty. Dark and atmospheric these two tales send a chill down the spine. A desolate winter moor is the backdrop to the first story of a haunting friendship, and, in the second, when the past comes back to haunt Charlie, it becomes impossible to tell what is real and what isn't. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type: Two stories by a significant author. * A feelings bar chart on pages 54-55 show the rise and fall in the narrators emotions during the first story, Nightmare. * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Living in a diverse world. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Peak Dale Farm Stories Valentine's Day

Peak Dale Farm Stories Valentine's Day

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2009

Holly Starcross

Holly Starcross

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2009

Holly's world came apart when she was six, when her mother took her, and ran away from her father and his farm. From that day on she has had no contact with him, and can barely remember him. But eight years later, with a new family around her, she feels very alone and longs for that half-remembered life. She is starting to question who she really is, and then a stranger appears... This is an absorbing and moving book about identity, fatherhood and family.

Peak Dale Farm Stories A Calf Called Valentine

Peak Dale Farm Stories A Calf Called Valentine

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/05/2009

Jeannie of White Peak Farm

Jeannie of White Peak Farm

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/05/2009

Abela The Girl Who Saw Lions

Abela The Girl Who Saw Lions

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2008

Be strong, my Abela. These are the last words of Abela's mother in their HIV/Aids stricken African village, where it seems that to live or to die, to be sick or to be healthy, is just a matter of chance. It takes all Abela's strength to survive her Uncle Thomas's scheming to get to Europe, but what will be her fate as an illegal immigrant? I don't want a sister or brother, thinks Rosa in England, when her mother tells her that she wants to adopt a child. Could these two girls ever become sisters? Is there room in Rosa's family for an African orphan haunted by lions? Is there room in their hearts? Abela is a powerful and moving story influenced by a visit to Africa, from the Carnegie Medal-winning author Berlie Doherty writing at her very best.

A Beautiful Place for a Murder

A Beautiful Place for a Murder

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2008

The Sailing Ship Tree

The Sailing Ship Tree

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2008

Abela The Girl Who Saw Lions

Abela The Girl Who Saw Lions

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/07/2007

Be strong, my Abela. These are the last words of Abela's mother in their HIV/Aids stricken African village, where it seems that to live or to die, to be sick or to be healthy, is just a matter of chance. It takes all Abela's strength to survive her Uncle Thomas's scheming to get to Europe, but what will be her fate as an illegal immigrant? I don't want a sister or brother, thinks Rosa in England, when her mother tells her that she wants to adopt a child. Could these two girls ever become sisters? Is there room in Rosa's family for an African orphan haunted by lions? Is there room in their hearts? Abela is a powerful and moving story based on true life from Carnegie award winning author Berlie Doherty writing at her very best.

Children of Winter

Children of Winter

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/03/2007

Oxford Playscripts: The Snake-Stone

Oxford Playscripts: The Snake-Stone

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/06/2005

An engaging classroom playscript. Fifteen-year-old James is mad about diving and trains hard. He has a natural talent and his dad encourages him to aim high. But James has always known he is adopted, and now he decides to find his birth mother and his true identity. He sets out alone, on the journey of a lifetime... New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing

Tilly Mint Tales

Tilly Mint Tales

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2003

When Tilly's mum goes out to work, Mrs Hardcastle from up the street pops in to look after her. There are two special things about Mrs Hardcastle. The first thing is that she's always dropping off to sleep (she snores too, sometimes). The second special thing is that whenever she goes to sleep, something magic always seems to happen to Tilly Mint! Carnegie Medal winner Berlie Doherty's enchanting Tilly Mint tales are at last available in one complete collection with brand-new illustrations from Tony Ross.

Bella's Den

Bella's Den

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/11/2002

Bella's den is a special place. It's only a hollow under some tree roots, but no one can see you. Once we sat watching a fox family playing nearby. I told mother, and the farmer overheard. Things were never the same again.

The Snake-stone

The Snake-stone

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/06/1996

Although he is close to his adoptive parents, James has always wondered about his natural mother and why she gave him away. The only clues to her identity are a small stone and a note scribbled on the back of an envelope. With these, James sets off to find his past.

Dear Nobody

Dear Nobody

Author: Berlie Doherty Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/03/1995

Adapted from Berlie Doherty's award-winning book, the play examines how two teenagers cope with an unplanned pregnancy. Tackling the issues of relationships, love and pregnancy, Dear Nobody is the story of two teenagers, Helen and Chris, in their final year of school. Their plans for music college and university are suddenly thrown into disarray when Helen falls pregnant. Chris tries to keep them together, but Helen withdraws into herself, writing letters to her unborn baby. Sensitively adapted from the best-selling novel, this play is perfect for school performance.

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