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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. Her new novel, Magpie Lane, will be published in April 2020.

Lucy has a background in literary and feature journalism. She judged the Costa Book Awards and reviews books for The Sunday Times. She has worked at the Times Literary Supplement and has written for UK newspapers including The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, as well as many magazines. She supervises Master’s students on the Oxford University Creative Writing MSt, and has chaired events at literary festivals including The Cheltenham Literature Festival, Charleston Festival and The Oxford Literary Festival. Lucy has a First in English 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 with her family.  To get in touch, please go to the Contacts page.

Follow Lucy on Twitter: @lucyatkins

News and Events

‘The Art of Intrigue’ Oxford Literary Festival 2020

What keeps readers reading? What makes some novels impossible to put down? Spy novelist …Read more

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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Pitching To An Agent – 20 Tips for Success

From the ‘How to Get Your Book Published’ masterclass, by Lucy Atkins and Fanny Blake. I’ve put together these tips because agents are busy and small (or big) mistakes can …Read more