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

Lucy has a background in literary and feature journalism. She judged the Costa Book Awards (2017), and is a books critic for The Sunday Times. She has worked at the Times Literary Supplement and has written 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, Charleston Festival and The Oxford Literary Festival, talks about books on radio, and teaches creative writing.  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

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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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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New writers - here's an opportunity to meet the people who get to decide if you're published or not!

Just started this, already it's totally compelling and I gather it doesn't get any less interesting #threewomen

I am so looking forward to this in August!

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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