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Katherine Langrish
Katherine Langrish grew up in Yorkshire, England and has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. She graduated from London University with a degree in English, and worked in an assortment of odd jobs including waitressing, teaching riding, and several years as Information Officer... show more

Katherine Langrish grew up in Yorkshire, England and has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. She graduated from London University with a degree in English, and worked in an assortment of odd jobs including waitressing, teaching riding, and several years as Information Officer for Lloyd's Register of Ships in London. This last was an entertaining post dealing with an assortment of the ship-crazed public, including a man who claimed he could see shipwrecks with his 'magic eye.'Married with two daughters, Katherine moved to France with her family and became involved in a storytelling group providing weekly stories, drama and activities for children. And the storytelling continued when the family relocated again, this time to the small town of Corning in New York State. Returning to England in 1999, Katherine began writing 'Troll Fell', a folklore-based fantasy novel for children set in the Viking age. It was sold at auction to HarperCollins for a six-figure sum and was followed by the sequels, 'Troll Mill' and 'Troll Blood'. The books follow the fortunes of young Peer Ulfsson and his friend Hilde in a richly-imagined Scandinavian world. Katherine says, 'I don't do heroes with swords, rings and other magical gadgets, so my characters have to work out their problems by their own efforts.' The final book in the series takes the pair across the Atlantic in a Viking ship to the coasts of 'Vinland' (Nova Scotia). As part of her research she spent time learning to sail a replica Viking ship on Roskilde fjord, Denmark. Katherine approaches her fantasies as 'history with the beliefs put back in' - incorporating the beliefs of people of the past who took for granted the existence of trolls, ghosts, and other spirits. Her fourth book for HarperCollins is a medieval fantasy called 'The Shadow Hunt' (UK title 'Dark Angels') which has been chosen as a Junior Library Guild Choice (Spring 2010), selected by Kirkus as one of the 2010 Best Books for Children, and nominated for the ALA's Best Fiction for Young Adults 2011. The three Troll titles will be republished in one volume in March 2011 under the title 'West of the Moon'. Katherine is currently working on a new dystopian fantasy. You can visit her website at www.katherinelangrish.com - and you can catch up with her at her weekly blog 'Seven Miles of Steel Thistles' (voted 4th of the United Kingdom's YA fantasy blogs) at www.steelthistles.blogspot.com
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Stop Making Sense
Stop Making Sense rated it 5 years ago
This book has 3 big things going for it:1. They're young adult postapocalyptic, which is rare.2. All of the stories take place only *after* the disaster has occurred--it doesn't really matter how it happened (or even what happened). 3. There's a preponderance of female authors, for once. As with all...
Folding Paper & Spilling Ink
Folding Paper & Spilling Ink rated it 5 years ago
I was lucky enough to have won a copy of this book through Goodreads! Many thanks to both Goodreads and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this title.I should start by saying that I don’t read many short story collections. I often find myself listless when I do – I grow w...
Livinginabookwonderland
Livinginabookwonderland rated it 5 years ago
This review can also be found here **I won this book in a GoodReads First Reads giveaway**This review will be a little different since there are nineteen short stories in this book and I don't want a ridiculously long review so I shall just touch on them briefly.The Segment by Genevieve ValentineI r...
Chapter by Chapter
Chapter by Chapter rated it 5 years ago
If there’s one form of literature that truly frightens me, it’s anthologies. Why? Because I personally find that when it comes to anthologies, I get really wrapped up in the plots only to find myself being cut off. The end. Done. Never mind how attached I got to the characters in the short story or ...
Parnassus Reads
Parnassus Reads rated it 5 years ago
This is a great anthology of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction for teens. Almost all of the stories made me want to seek out the author's other work. The fantastic editors have chosen truly great representations of the genre. Highly recommended.
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