Anthony McGowan – CILIP Carnegie Medal Winner talks about the best children’s book of the year, ‘Lark’

Anthony McGowan is a highly acclaimed, multi-award winning author of novels and children’s stories. He’s written across almost everything, adult thrillers, YA books, children’s fiction, even philosophy books for dogs.

His new novel is ‘Lark’, it’s part of ‘The Truth of Things’ series, which is a trilogy that has ended up being four books. It won the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2020. They’re all short novellas, written for reluctant readers, telling the story of hardship and love growing up in a forgotten town in northern England. We talk about why he wanted to write the book, and how for him this was a slight change of style – writing about place over plot.

We hear about the first book he tried to get published, why it didn’t quite work, and how he changed it to finally get it out there. You can also hear about his cluttered desk, how he gives himself space to come up with ideas, and why he gets to the British Library nice and early.

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