Berlie Doherty was born in Liverpool, and has lived in Edale in Derbyshire for fifteen years. Her first book was published in 1982, and since then she has been a compulsive writer of novels, stories, poems and plays, and most recently, opera libretti. She has written over fifty books, and is translated into 23 languages. Her books and plays have won many awards around the world, including, twice, the Carnegie medal for outstanding children’s literature – for Dear Nobody, and Granny was a Buffer Girl. Many have been adapted for television, radio and stage. Her most recent boks include Abela: the Girl Who Saw Lions; The Windspinner and A Beautiful Place for a Murder.