The Night Visitor


'Complex, creepy and insidious' The Guardian

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Lucy Atkins is an award winning British author and journalist. Her novels The Night Visitor (2017), The Other Child (2015)and The Missing One (2014) are all published by Quercus. She has also written seven non-fiction books, two of which have won national awards. Many of her books are published internationally.

Lucy has a background in literary and feature journalism. After working at the Times Literary Supplement, she became a books critic for The Sunday Times and has written reviews, essays and features for UK newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, PsychologiesRed, and Woman & Home She chairs events at literary festivals including The Cheltenham Literature Festival and The Oxford Literary Festival, regularly talks about books on BBC Radio Oxford and teaches creative writing.

Lucy judged the Costa Book Awards (Novel category, 2017), has been a Fulbright Scholar and is a member of the Royal Society of Literature

She has lived in Philadelphia, Seattle and Boston, USA, and is now based in Oxford, UK with her family.  To get in touch, please go to the Contacts page.

Follow Lucy on Twitter: @lucyatkins

A short description of the novel in a video interview:

Talking about the process of finding a literary agent and revising a manuscript

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July Events: Blackwell’s Oxford Crime Writers Panel

Blackwell’s new Westgate shop has a big tree in it (see pic). I am …Read more

The Night Visitor Paperback – new cover

Out in paperback, 3 May 2018 Now available to preorder from your local bookseller or …Read more

Costa Book Awards 2017 Shortlist (Novel category)

Judging the Costa Book Awards has been a demanding, exciting and at times slightly …Read more

Judging the Costa Book Awards

Since May this year I have been reading novels for the Costa Book Awards. …Read more

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Female Ambition in The Night Visitor

    ‘How far would you go. . .?’ Female historians as TV presenters – and The Night Visitor The historian and TV presenter Kate Williams  tweeted today about the contents of her …Read more