Celebrating Young Adult fiction by UK authors


Author Keren David’s UKYA Books of the Year

So many…it’s really difficult to pick…

Two historical books:

images-6VIII by H M Castor –  a stunning beautifully written account of the life of Henry VIII

A World Between Us by Lydia Syson. Lydia’s in my writing group, so I’m like a proud auntie to this book. A touching love triangle set against the skillfully drawn background of the Spanish Civil War

Two contemporaries:

The Look by Sophia Bennett    A really enjoyable well-balanced story about two sisters, one’s talent spotted by a model agency, the other is diagnosed with cancer.

Fifteen Days without a Head by Dave Cousins  –  Made me laugh, made me cry. Two brothers fight to cover up their mum’s disappearance.

images-7One only-just UK…

The author is American (but lives in the UK). The setting is America (but there’s a British character).  Whatever. At Yellow Lake by Jane McLoughlin constantly amazed me with its brilliance.

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VIII by HM Castor

VIII is the story of Hal: a young, handsome, gifted warrior, who believes he has been chosen to lead his people.

But he is plagued by the ghosts of his family’s violent past and, once he rises to power, he turns to murder and rapacious cruelty.

He is Henry VIII.

Learn more at H M Castor’s website