Patrick Ness

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Patrick Ness

Biography

Date of birth: 17 October 1971

Patrick Ness (born October 17, 1971) is an American-born British author, journalist and lecturer who lives in London. Ness was born in the U.S on Fort Belvoir army base, near Alexandria, Virginia, where his father was a drill sergeant in the US Army. They moved to Hawaii, where Ness lived until he was six, then spent the next ten years in Washington state, before moving to Los Angeles. Ness studied English Literature at the University of Southern California. He is best known for his books for young adults, including the Chaos Walking trilogy and his novel A Monster Calls.

Ness taught creative writing at Oxford University and has written and reviewed for The Daily Telegraph, The Times Literary Supplement, The Sunday Telegraph and the Guardian. According to news coverage, Ness "turned to children's fiction after he had the idea for a world where it is impossible to escape information overload, and knew it was right for teenagers."

Patrick Ness' books address issues that speak to teenagers in a way that is personal to modern day and age, focusing primarily on the availability of information to young adults and how it can change our perception of the real world. This theme is shown in his Chaos Walking trilogy and in his new book More Than This, released on the 5th September 2013.

His first novel, The Knife of Never Letting Go, won the annual Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime book award judged by a panel of British children's writers. The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men were sequels to The Knife; jointly they are called the "Chaos Walking trilogy" and The Knife has been reissued with a front cover banner "Chaos Walking: Book One". Ness has also published three short stories in the Chaos Walking universe, the prequels "The New World" and "The Wide, Wide Sea", and "Snowscape", set after the events of Monsters of Men. The short stories are available as free-to-download e-books, and have been included in the 2013 UK print editions of the novels.

Book and writing awards

The Knife of Never Letting Go won numerous awards including the Booktrust Teenage Prize, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, and the 2008 Tiptree Award. It was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal The Ask and the Answer won the 2009 Costa Book Award in the children's book category. It, too, made the Carnegie shortlist. Monsters of Men won the CILIP Carnegie Medal and was shortlisted for the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award.

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From two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life - or perhaps afterlife - of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world. A boy called Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his...
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Monsters of Men (Paperback)

by Patrick Ness

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Published: 04/10/2010
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

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This is the electrifying finale to the multiple award-winning trilogy, "Chaos Walking". 'War', says the Mayor. 'At last'.... Read more

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The Ask and the Answer (Paperback)

by Patrick Ness

Format: Paperback 536 pages
Published: 07/09/2009
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We were in the square, in the square where I'd run, holding her, carrying her, telling her to stay alive, stay alive till we got safe, till we... Read more

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The Knife of Never Letting Go (Paperback)

by Patrick Ness

Format: Paperback 496 pages
Published: 14/10/2008
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This is an unflinching novel about the impossible choices of growing up, by an award-winning writer.Imagine you're the only boy in a town of... Read more

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Topics About Which I Know Nothing (Paperback)

by Patrick Ness

Format: Paperback 272 pages
Published: 21/03/2005
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd

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Scintillating, surprising, inventive fiction from one of the most talented writers in Britain - this is a superb collection of short stories from... Read more

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A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 216 pages
Published: 02/02/2012
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This is an extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with loss. The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the... Read more

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A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls (Paperback)

by Patrick Ness

Format: Paperback 224 pages
Published: 06/09/2012
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Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don't quite seem to be... Read more

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More Than This (Hardback)

by Patrick Ness

Format: Hardback 480 pages
Published: 05/09/2013
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