David Whitley

David Whitley was born in 1984 and graduated from the University of Oxford with a double First in English Literature and a passion for writing children's fiction. At age 17 his first children's novel was shortlisted for the Kathleen Fidler Award and at 20 he won the Cheshire Prize for Literature for a children's short story; the youngest writer ever to win this prestigious award which was presented by Michael Morpurgo. In 2005 David appeared on BBC2's University Challenge where he was a member of the winning Corpus Christi team who beat all competitors to become Series Champions. He is also a keen actor, director and chorister. David currently lives in Cheshire and is working on his second novel.

Fantasy Book Review interviewed David Whitley in October 2009
"Sadly, although Michael Morpurgo gave an excellent speech before the prize was announced, and said some very kind words, there wasn't time for much more than a handshake during the presentation. However, he did do me the honour of reading my story aloud, and the care and passion with which he read it was as inspiring as anything he could have said."
David Whitley on being presented the Cheshire Prize for Literature by Michael Morpurgo

October 8th 2009 interview with David Whitley

David Whitley was born in 1984 and graduated from the University of Oxford with a double first in English Literature and a passion for writing children’s fiction. At age 17 his first children’s novel was shortlisted for the Kathleen Fidler Award and at 20 he won the Cheshire Prize for [...]

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David Whitley reviews

The Midnight Charter

The Agora Trilogy: Book 1 written by David Whitley

In the city of Agora, anything can be bought and sold. Even children are possessions until their twelfth birthday. Mark has been sold by his father, and Lily, an orphan fro [...]

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Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

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The Children of the Lost

The Agora Trilogy: Book 2 written by David Whitley

Mark and Lily have been banished from Agora, the ancient city-state where everything is for sale – memories, emotions – even children. Lost and alone they disco [...]

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Our rating: 8.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

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