Quiet Revolution Contributor Annabel Pitcher

Annabel Pitcher

Annabel Pitcher is a British writer. She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature and an ambition to be a children’s author, having spent the majority of the course reading J K Rowling rather than Charles Dickens. After a brief stint working in television on You’ve Been Framed, she retrained to be an English teacher, with the mistaken belief that it would give her time to write her own books. It didn’t. There was barely enough time to sleep let alone pen a novel. It took a gap year for Annabel to find the time to write properly, and she wrote ‘My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece’ in notebooks while traveling round the world. The second agent that read ‘My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece’ offered to represent Annabel, and her debut novel went on to be published in over twenty-five countries to great critical acclaim. It was nominated for many prestigious national awards such as The Carnegie Medal, The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and The Red House Children’s Book Award, and eventually went on to win The Branford Boase Award for Most Promising Debut Novel. Her second novel, Ketchup Clouds, won an Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Fiction and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2013. Her third novel, Silence is Goldfish, was published in October 2015 – something of a miracle as she wrote it while on supposed maternity leave with her first son. She is now a proud mum to two beautiful little boys and spends her days playing dinosaurs when not writing.