Piers Torday began his career in theatre and then television as a producer and writer. His bestselling first book for children, The Last Wild, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as numerous other awards. His second book, The Dark Wild, won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. His most recent book for children, There May Be A Castle, was published in October 2016 to critical acclaim and was a Children's Book of the Year for The Times.
In regular demand as a speaker at schools and festivals, Piers is also a reading helper with Beanstalk, a former judge on the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a Patron of Reading at Heathmere School and a trustee of the Pleasance Theatre.
Born in Northumberland, Piers now lives in London with his husband and their dog Huxley.
Torday pays tribute to reading, libraries and imagination in one of the most clever and ambitious children's books you'll read this year — The Bookseller, on The Lost Magician
Thrilling, epic, wise. Truly a book for our times. (With extra rainbow unicorns!) — Natasha Farrant, author of The Children of Castle Rock
Gripping, original and memorable — Francesca Simon, on The Last Wild trilogy
Piers Torday is the new master of books for children who like magic and modernity with their lust for adventure. — The Times, on There May Be a Castle
Piers Torday continues to demonstrate that he is one of the best writers for children working today — The Guardian, on There May Be a Castle
Heartbreaking, surprising, uplifting ... proves that stories matter. They really do — The Bookbag, on There May Be a Castle
Full marks ... for a story not afraid to take on some of the fundamentals of life while still managing to preserve the lightest of touches — Books For Keeps, on There May Be a Castle
An excellent, punchy adventure tale with vivid characters and an impassioned eco message — The Financial Times on The Last Wild Trilogy
Wildly inventive, moving and gripping ... full of suspense without ever sacrificing warmth — The Guardian on The Last Wild trilogy
A whimsical yet thoughtful tale that brings to mind the smarts and silliness of Roald Dahl and Norton Juster — New York Post, on The Last Wild trilogy
Torday's story is alternately sombre, thrilling, and silly, filled with eccentric human and animal characters with distinctive voices — Publishers Weekly on The Last Wild trilogy
Written in vivid and urgent style ... As thrilling as James and the Giant Peach ... The Last Wild may be as critical to the new generation as Tarka the Otter — The Times on The Last Wild trilogy
A gripping, memorable adventure which celebrates the power and scope of our imagination — The School Run, on There May Be a Castle
A magical new adventure from the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction prize. — WRD About Books
The narrative is skillfully strung together and the ending deeply surprising, challenging the norms of what might be expected in a children's novel, which is all to the good. — Philip Womack, on There May Be a Castle, Literary Review