Emma Carroll
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Emma Carroll

Once told by poet Ted Hughes her writing was ‘dangerous’, it took Emma Carroll twenty years of English teaching and a life-changing cancer diagnosis to feel brave enough to give her dream of being an author a try.

Nowadays, she’s a bestselling author and the ‘Queen of Historical Fiction’ (BookTrust). She has been nominated for and the winner of numerous national, regional and schools awards – including the Books Are My Bag Readers’ Award, Branford Boase, CILIP Carnegie Medal, Young Quills, Teach Primary and the Waterstones Book Prize. Emma is one of very few authors to have been Waterstones Book of the Month twice.

Emma’s home is in the Somerset hills with her husband and two terriers. She still can’t believe her luck that she gets to write dangerous books for a living.


Emma Carroll enrolls on the prestigious Bath Spa Writing for Young People MA, where she wrote Frost Hollow Hall.
Frost Hollow Hall is published and is longlisted for the Waterstones Prize, Branford Boase Award and Costa Prize.
The Girl Who Walked on Air, In Darkling Wood, The Snow Sister, and Strange Star are all published to critical acclaim between 2014 and 2016.
Letters from the Lighthouse is selected as Waterstones Book of the Month and wins a 'Books Are My Bag' Readers Award.
Secrets of a Sun King also chosen as Book of the Month, for Waterstones, Blackwell’s and The Bookseller.
The Somerset Tsunami is selected as Indie Booksellers’ Book of the Month; shortlisted for the 'Books Are My Bag' Prize; nominated for CILIP Carnegie Award; and longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards.
The Week At World’s End is published in hardback, a ‘Bookseller’s 9-12 Fiction’ pick.
Books by Emma Carroll
Author Videos
Faber Booktime: Emma Carroll, <i>Letters from the Lighthouse</i>
Author Videos
Faber Booktime: Emma Carroll, <i>Letters from the Lighthouse</i>
Faber Booktime: Emma Carroll, Letters from the Lighthouse
Praise for Emma Carroll

‘This author has written many wonderful books and my personal favourite is the latest one because it really tells a story that I enjoyed.’

James Barnes
Praise for Emma Carroll

‘The Hilary Mantel of children's fiction.’

The Telegraph
Praise for Emma Carroll

‘Carroll is a remarkable writer.’

Daily Mail
Praise for Emma Carroll

‘Carroll is a natural storyteller . . . Historical fiction at its finest.’

The Bookseller
Praise for Emma Carroll

‘The Queen of Historical Fiction.’

Praise for Emma Carroll

‘One of the greatest historical fiction writers of our time.’

Carlie Sorosiak
Praise for Emma Carroll

‘Thrilling historical action . . . one of her finest novels to date.’

The Bookseller, on The Week at World's End
Praise for Emma Carroll

‘With the power of her pen, Emma Carroll makes history come alive.’

Scott Evans, The Reader Teacher & #PrimarySchoolBookClub