Celebrating Young Adult fiction by UK authors

Best of British: Non Pratt


Non Pratt is Commissioning Editor for Catnip Books, an independent publisher for children of all ages, from picture books to YA. Here are her Best of British.

Osmotherley, North Yorkshire is very pretty and has good pubs.

Book (adult)
Reflex by Dick Francis.

The Knife of Never Letting GoBook (teen)
The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness (although who doesn’t know that?!). I tend to put this book in people’s hands and sob unintelligibly until they go away and read it.

Book (kids)
Footprints in the Snow by Mei Matsuoka is a great picture book to read using lots of silly voices and the artwork is perfect.

Personality – contemporary
*shrugs* I like Agyness Deyn’s hair…

Richard IIIRoyal
Richard III. Feel free to judge me on this – it’s indicative of my love of antiheroes.

John Soane’s Museum in Lincoln’s Fields, London.


Recently disbanded The King Blues were the most exciting and lyrically persuasive band I’ve listened to in a long while.

ECone on Exmouth Market for interesting jewellery. Or a bookshop (not so much for the jewellery).

Fresh MeatTV programme
No one does comedy like the British. Favourite recent pick would be Fresh Meat.

Dog Soldiers – Best. Film. Ever. Forget namby pamby American werewolves – these ones are the dogs’.

Historical figure
David Hume – a philosopher with a good writing style and exciting ideas.

I do like a bit of Ted Baker. But not too much.

Brigitte Williams – fantastic, graphic giclee work. And Stubbs. Gotta love Stubbs.

2 thoughts on “Best of British: Non Pratt

  1. Great post, Susie. Hi, Non – what a diverse Best of British list – very cool, thanks for sharing it. Like many others, I love The Knife of Never Letting Go, so imaginative and groundbreaking in its style and format. You simply have to love Neil Marshall’s writing-directing on Dog Soldiers and The Descent – superb! I will be checking out Fresh Meat in between reading the rest of the great recommendations featured on this blog. Great site this.

  2. Love of The Knife of Never Letting Go and Fresh meat = awesome person! Thanks for posting.