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Lucy Atkins

Novelist, Non-fiction writer
St Hilda's College, University of Oxford

Lucy Atkins is the author of four novels: The Missing One, The Other Child, The Night Visitor and Magpie Lane. The Night Visitor has been optioned for television by Eleven Film and Magpie Lane was selected as a Best Book of 2020 by The Guardian, The Telegraph, Good Housekeeping and BBC Radio 4’s Open Book. Lucy teaches on the Creative Writing Masters degree at Oxford University. She has judged the Costa Book awards and is a regular book critic for the Sunday Times. Before writing novels, she was a freelance feature journalist, writing regularly for The Guardian as well as The Times, the Sunday Times and The Telegraph. She has also written for the TLS, where she worked as an assistant editor. During her freelance journalist years she wrote or co-wrote several award-winning nonfiction titles, including the Amazon Number 1 bestselling parenting book, First Time Parent. She has also been a ghost- writer, twice. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a Campaigns Officer for Amnesty International (UK). Lucy has lived in the USA three times: first in Philadelphia as a postgraduate Fulbright Scholar, then in Seattle, where her second child was born, and finally in Boston where she wrote The Missing One. She now lives in Oxford with her husband and three almost grown-up children. She can usually be found drinking coffee, walking the dog or doing yoga (not all at once), and is working on a new novel about two old ladies in a Sussex windmill.

Lucy Atkins


St Hilda's College, University of Oxford 2021/22
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