Adèle Geras


Adèle Geras was born in Jerusalem in 1944. Her early childhood was spent in Nigeria, North Borneo and the Gambia. She was educated at Roedean School, Brighton, and St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, where she studied Modern Languages.

Much of her time at university was spent on stage, and she appeared in the West End in the anti capital punishment review Hang down your head and die ( 1964) and the musical review Four degrees over ( 1966) After her marriage, she moved to Manchester and taught French for four years at Fairfield High School for Girls in Droylsden.

Her first book appeared in 1976, since when she has published more than 90 titles for children and young adults, including Troy, silent snow secret snow, Lizzie’s Wish, Other Echoes and Happy Ever After ( a bind-up of the Egerton Hall trilogy).

Her latest novel for teenagers, Ithaka, was published by David Fickling Books in October 2005. Her short novel A candle in the dark, (pub. A&C Black) about the Kindertransports, provided the Key Stage Two SATS text in English in 1998 and has just been reissued.

Two of her books have won awards in the USA. These are: My Grandmother’s Stories and Golden Windows .

Her novel Troy was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children’s Book Award 2000 and was Highly Commended for the Library Association Carnegie Medal 2001. It was also a Boston Globe Honor Book in the USA.

She has won several prizes for her poetry for adults, including the A.E. Housman Prize, and has published one collection: Voices from the Dolls’ House (Rockingham Press).

Her first adult novel, Facing the Light, was published by Orion in March 2003. Rights in the book were sold in 22 countries. Her second adult novel, Hester’s Story, came out in 2005 and her third, Made in Heaven in 2006.

She is married to Norman Geras, Emeritus Professor at the University of Manchester. They have lived in Manchester since 1967, and have two grown-up daughters and two grandchildren.

She was a judge for the Children’s category of the Whitbread Book Awards in 1992 and is judging the Children’s category of the Costa Awards for 2006 which have taken over from the Whitbread.

She loves reading, going to the movies and anything that goes on in a theatre: plays, operas, musicals, ballets, pantomime. She is a cat-lover and enjoys clothes, food, conversation, emailing and libraries. She hates air-travel and milk puddings.

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