Patrick Ness is one of those writers whose darkly complex books for children and teenagers transcend their intended audience, winning him fans of all ages – and deservedly so.
His Chaos Walking trilogy has been variously described as a dystopian love story with the atmosphere of a Western and ‘one of the most interesting fantasies ever published’; it’s also won a swag of prizes, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Carnegie Medal.
His latest book for young readers is A Monster Calls, a heartbreaking story about cancer and loss, told through the metaphor of a yew tree that comes to life outside the bedroom of a boy whose mother is dying.
The Crane Wife is Ness’s first book for adult readers in many years – it’s a wise and romantic story about the creative imagination and the redemptive power of love.
Ness will be in conversation with Lili Wilkinson.
This event is presented by the Wheeler Centre in association with the Melbourne Writers Festival.
Patrick Ness is an American author whose books have been published in 20 languages.
Lili Wilkinson is a reader and writer of Young Adult fiction. She was first published at age twelve in Voiceworks magazine. Her titles include Scatterheart, Pink and most recently Love-Shy and The Zigzag Effect.