Katherine Rundell

Children's Author

Katherine Rundell was born in Kent, England, United Kingdom on July 10th, 1987 and is the Children's Author. At the age of 36, Katherine Rundell biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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July 10, 1987
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Kent, England, United Kingdom
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Katherine Rundell Career

Rundell's first book, published in 2011, was The Girl Savage; it told the story of Wilhelmina Silver, a girl from Zimbabwe, who is sent to an English boarding school following the death of her father. A slightly revised version was released in the United States in 2014, under the title Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, where it won the 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for fiction.

Her second book, Rooftoppers, followed the adventures of Sophie, apparently orphaned in a shipwreck on her first birthday. Sophie later attempts to find her mother, who she is convinced survived the disaster, whilst also taking to the rooftops of Paris in order to thwart officials trying to send her to a British orphanage. It won the overall Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story, and was short-listed for the Carnegie Medal. Translated into French by Emmanuelle Ghez as Le ciel nous appartient for Les Grandes Personnes it was the winner of the 2015 Prix Sorcières Junior novels category.

Rundell's third novel, The Wolf Wilder, tells the story of Feodora, who prepares wolf cubs – kept as status-symbol pets by wealthy Russians – for release into the wild when they become too large and unmanageable for their owners.

Rundell's play Life According to Saki, with David Paisley in the title role, won the 2016 Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award and opened Off-Broadway in February 2017.

Rundell's fourth novel, The Explorer, tells the survival story of a group of children whose plane crashes in the Amazon rainforest, and a secret they uncover. It won the 2017 Costa Book Award in the Children's Book category. Following the award, Rundell discussed the book's environmental themes and her research, which included eating tinned tarantulas, on BBC Radio 4's Front Row. It won the 2018 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award in the Food & Travel Book of the Year category.

In 2022 she published Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne, which was praised by Claire Tomalin and Andrew Motion, among others.


Katherine Rundell, 36, of the United Kingdom, says losing her sister when she was ten is the reason she writes for young people

www.dailymail.co.uk, December 1, 2023
Michael Morpurgo, a warhorse writer who spent a large portion of her childhood in Zimbabwe and was the youngest Ever Companion of Oxford's All Souls College, is the ideal successor to Tolkien and Philip Pullman. Katherine Rundell spoke about the effect losing her foster sister when she was just ten years old on her life and work on Radio 4 Private Passions in 2022, saying it was "the greatest, lasting tragedy of my life." (Pictured: Katherine Rundell)

According to award-winning author Katherine Rundell, David Walliams, Dermot O'Leary, Rochelle Humes, and other well-known authors are too popular in Britain's bookshops and children need to see "a massive number of books."

www.dailymail.co.uk, December 1, 2023
According to Katherine Rundell, the most effective way to engage children in reading is to offer a large number of choices. Literary journalists have previously expressed skepticism about the stranglehold A-list showbiz names seeming to have over the market. The celebrity authors often receive lucrative advances and see their books heavily promoted in expensive marketing campaigns and prominent bookstore websites, which are often coveted by precious few other children's writers. I think that what children need most is access to a slew of books and our new eco-system of children's fiction,' Rundell, who received the Waterstones Book of the Year award for her children's fantasy book, Impossible Creatures, told the Times: "I think that what children need most urgently is access to a slew of books and our new eco-system of children's fiction, is the Walliams of the world'

WHAT BOOK would broadcaster and presenter Edward Stourton take to a desert island?

www.dailymail.co.uk, January 19, 2023
Edward Stourton, a host and broadcaster, is currently reading Super Infinite: The Transformations Of John Donne by Katherine Rundell. He says if he were to be stuck on a desert island "for a while," he'd most likely take one of Tolstoy's works. 'Anna Karenina is his best book, but War And Peace has uncovered more unexpected byways to explore, and the prospect of a Moscow winter would be a consolation in my hot and arid exiledom,' he says.
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