Lissa Evans grew up in the West Midlands. She studied medicine at Newcastle University and, following a brief career as a doctor, spent five years as a producer at BBC Radio. She then moved to television where her credits as a producer/director include Room 101, Have I Got News For You and Father Ted, among others. Her novel Their Finest Hour and a Half was longlisted for the Orange Prize and went on to become an acclaimed feature film, Their Finest, in 2016, starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy. In 2012 she wrote her first children’s book, Small Change for Stuart. This was shortlisted for the 2012 Carnegie Medal, the Branford Boase Award, the UK Literacy Award and the Costa Children’s Book Award. The following year she wrote a sequel, Big Change for Stuart (2012). Her most recent children’s book, Wed Wabbit, was published by David Fickling in 2016 and was shortlisted for the 2017 Costa Children’s Book Award and for the 2018 Carnegie Medal. Her most recent novel, Old Baggage, is about a former suffragette looking for a new cause to pour her energies into and was published by Transworld in the UK and by HarperCollins in the US in 2018. She lives in London with her husband and two daughters.
Evans is represented for film and TV by Katie Haines at The Agency.
Books in order of publication:
Spencer’s List (2002).
Odd One Out (2004).
Their Finest Hour and a Half (2009).
Small Change for Stuart (2011).
Big Change for Stuart (2012).
Crooked Heart (2014).
Wed Wabbit (2017).
Old Baggage (2018).
Agent Name: Georgia Garrett