About Menessie

I am an award-winning children’s author whose first novel, ‘Zelah Green’ (Egmont) won the Manchester Children’s book prize and was shortlisted for the Waterstones prize, the Young Minds awards, the NASEN/TLS awards and longlisted for the Branford Boase awards.  

Since then I have published four more novels for children: ‘Zelah Green: One more little problem’ (Egmont), ‘The Taming of Lilah May’ (Frances Lincoln), ‘Lilah May’s Manic Days’ (Frances Lincoln) and ‘The Haunting of Tabitha Grey’ (Egmont). The latter was shortlisted for seven awards.  

My next novel is to be published by Usborne children’s books in 2015 and is historical fiction for Young adults. It tells the story of Hanna Michelson, a fifteen-year-old Jewish girl who is sent to the Riga Ghetto in Latvia along with her family.

I have also published two books on Virginia Woolf: ‘Virginia Woolf’s Women’ (Robert Hale) and ‘The Hidden Houses of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell’ (Robert Hale) and my journalism and book reviews have appeared in The Times, The TLS, The Independent, The Mail on Sunday, The Herald, Scotland on Sunday and the Jewish Chronicle.

I have previously worked as a literary consultant for Cornerstones.


Latest News and Interviews

February 2016

I am delighted to have been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for The Earth is Singing. You can view the longlist here

Read about the Carnegie Medal longlist in the Telegraph, here

January 2016

I am delighted to announce that The Earth Is Singing has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal for 2016.

I'm very proud to say that is also won the Warwickshire Year 9 Book Awards and has been shortlisted for the Peter's Book Awards (Teen Fiction Category) and longlisted for the Redbridge School Book Awards.


December 2015

A new novel, entitled 'The One Who Knows My Name' will be published by Usborne in January 2017. You can read the Usborne Books press release here.


February 2015

Click on the icon to listen to the podcast of the February episode of Adventures With Words Young Adult Edition. 

This month Kate talks to me about my new novel The Earth Is Singing.

There is also another great review here!



January 2015

Read the first chapter of The Earth is Singing for a limited time here,

in this article from The Guardian.



Read reiews of The Earth is Singing from here


Read reviews of The Earth is Singing from Amazon.co.uk, here


November 2014

One-to-One Novel Writing Session with me at The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant, Saturday 21st February 2015. More information and book, by following the link below.



September 2014

I'm happy to announce that my latest book, The Earth is Singing, is now available for pre-order at Amazon. It's release date is January 1st, 2015.

Please click on the cover image, or order here




July 2014

I am delighted to announce that my book, Virginia Woolf's Women has been newly republished as an e-book.

It can be ordered from Amazon here



June 2014AD

My new book The Baking Life of Amelie Day (Curious Fox) is due for release on 11th September 2014.

Pre-order it from Amazon here


January 2014

My latest interview with Writing Magazine.

PDF attachment. Page 1 here , Page 2 here


November 2013

An article about my next book - The Earth is Singing (Usborne, 2015)



My latest interview with WriteWords






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