Magpie Lane


'Enthralling . . . creepy and compelling' The Times

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Lucy Atkins is an award winning British author and journalist. She has written four novels, most recently MAGPIE LANE (2020), and seven non-fiction books, two of which have won national awards. Many of her books are published internationally and her last novel, THE NIGHT VISITOR (2017) has been optioned for television. 

Lucy has a background in literary and feature journalism. She judged the Costa Book Awards and is a regular book critic for The Sunday Times. She has worked at the Times Literary Supplement and has written reviews and features for UK newspapers including The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, and many UK magazines.

Lucy teaches creative writing to Master’s students at Oxford University, and has chaired events at literary festivals including Cheltenham Literature Festival, Charleston Festival and Oxford Literary Festival. She has a First Class degree from Oxford University and was a Fulbright Scholar to the USA. She has lived in Philadelphia, Seattle and Boston and is now based in Oxford, UK.  To get in touch, please go to the Contacts page.

Follow Lucy on Twitter @lucyatkins

News and Events

Bad Mothers at Heffers, Cambridge

You’re invited on a journey into the darker side of motherly love . . …Read more

Creative Writing Masterclass

Lucy Atkins and Mick Herron at Chipping Norton Literary Festival 24th April 2020 Buy …Read more

Crime & Wine

Lucy Atkins, Sarah Vaughan and Cara Hunter at Waterstones, Oxford Lucy and Sarah will …Read more

MAGPIE LANE – coming 2nd April 2020

Full of hidden chambers, and some of them are haunted . . .part thriller, …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

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Virtual Book Launch

All physical book tour events are now cancelled, of course. But we are going virtual, with a Twitter book launch party. We’ll be drinking warm white wine, eating sausages on …Read more

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How I write

Building the novel   I used to be afraid that I couldn’t ever write a novel because I could never think of a plot. What I didn’t realise was that …Read more