Piers Torday’s books include The Last Wild (shortlisted for Waterstones Children’s Book Prize), The Dark Wild (Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize), The Wild Beyond, There May Be a Castle (People’s Book Award finalist), The Lost Magician (Teach Primary Book Award) and The Frozen Sea. His latest book is The Wild Before. His work has been translated into 14 languages.
He has contributed short stories to Winter Magic, Scoop and Return to Wonderland, non-fiction pieces for The Writer’s Map and Swallowed by a Whale, reviewed books for the Guardian, the Literary Review and the Spectator, and judged the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Costa Book Awards and the British Book Awards. His plays include the world premiere stage adaptation of John Masefield’s The Box of Delights and A Christmas Carol.
Piers is also a Trustee of the Ministry of Stories and The Unicorn Theatre, Patron of Shrewsbury Book Fest and an Artistic Associate at Wilton’s Music Hall. Born in Northumberland, he lives in London with his husband and a very naughty dog. The son of Paul Torday (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), he completed his father’s final unfinished novel, The Death of an Owl, and co-founded the Paul Torday Memorial Prize for Debut Novelists over 60.