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Paul DowswellPaul Dowswell writes award-winning historical fiction for young adults. He is best known for his Bloomsbury novel Auslander, which won the 2019 Trinity Schools Book Award and 2011 Hamelin Associazione Culturale Book Prize.

 Wolf Children, his most recently published novel, was hailed as the ‘best post-war children's novel since The Silver Sword by Amanda Craig.


Dutch publishers Callenbach will publish his 14th novel Out of Nowhere in 2020.


Paul’s books are sold throughout the English-speaking world and have been published in an additional ten languages. Although most are aimed at teenage readers they have wide appeal and have been published abroad for the adult market. Most of his novels are set in the 20th Century and are primarily concerned with the First or Second World War, and life under totalitarian regimes.


Paul is also a prolific writer of non-fiction with over seventy titles to his name.


He is a regular visitor to schools all around the UK and Europe, and has also been invited to Australia and South Africa to talk about his books and teach creative writing. He is a Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University and has recently worked for the Royal Literary Fund as a visiting fellow at Sheffield University and Leicester De Montfort.


Auslander won the 2019 Trinity Schools Book Award and the 2011 Hamelin Associazione Culturale Book Prize and has won or been shortlisted for 19 other UK and international book awards since 2009. Eleven Eleven won the 2013 Historical Association Young Quills Award.Sektion 20 won the 2012 Historical Association Young Quills Award. His Bloomsbury novels The Cabinet of Curiosities (2011), Red Shadow (2014), Bomber (2016) and his Barrington Stoke novel Wave (2017) have also been shortlisted for the Historical Association Young Quills Award. His 2005 novel Powder Monkey was shortlisted for the 2016 Trinity Schools Book Award, in the venerable company of JRR Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’, Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Alone in a Wide Wide Sea’, Philip Pulman’s ‘Northern Lights’ and Philip Reeve’s ‘Mortal Engines’. His non-fiction books have won or been shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award (twice), the Rhône-Poulenc Junior Prize for Science Books, and the TES Information Book Award.


Wolf Children (2017) ‘I love Paul Dowswell for illuminating the corners of history with very personal stories… (This is) another wonderful historical story from a great author’. Gill Murphy Bookbag


Bomber (2015) ‘Paul Dowswell combines power and excitement with real historical facts. The perfect combination if you ask me…’ (The Netherlands)


Red Shadow (2014) a highly attractive and beautifully written novel, with pages full of suspense and in-depth characters. Avvenire (Italy)


Eleven Eleven (2012). ‘A sombre and bleak story of war which will sit well alongside the poetry and factual accounts of life in the trenches and in the air. It is a deep and sad story…. A teenage book of the yea’r. The Independent.


Sektion 20 (2011) ‘A great thriller with a poignant historical background… terrific’. The Bookseller


The Cabinet of Curiosities (2010)’’ ‘Dowswell is a key writer of historical fiction for teens and young adults – open the Cabinet and set off on an amazing, exhilarating literary adventure’. South China Morning Post


Ausländer (2009) ‘Ausländer ranks among the very best of wartime historical fiction’. Financial Times


Battle Fleet (2007) ‘A totally riveting tale’ The School Library Association


Prison Ship (2006) ‘Prepare to have your timbers well and truly shivered by Paul Dowswell and his naval warfare novels… With detail that points to extensive research and a plot with more snap than a cat o' nine tails’. The Scotsman


Powder Monkey (2005) ‘A thrilling tale, exceptionally well written and affecting’… The Times



Book: Eleven Eleven by Paul DowswellThrilling historical adventure set during the English peasants' revolt of 1381.

It's 1381 and the king, Richard II, has imposed a new tax on the people. In the village of Aylesford, Tilda and her ploughman father were already struggling to make ends meet. As serfs they have no rights to move freely or earn wages for their work. Tilda is desperate for a better life than the village can offer, so when the villagers begin to rebel she is swept up in the excitement. Tilda and her father travel to London with the others to petition the king, but the peaceful rebellion they hoped for soon ignites into violence, mayhem and treachery. Tilda's fight for a better life is only just beginning... This page-turning adventure sheds new light on a period of history and will have readers gripped from start to finish.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: The Great Revolt, Bloomsbury 2020; Wolf Children, Bloomsbury, 2017; Bomber, Bloomsbury, 2015; Red Shadow, Bloomsbury, 2014; Eleven Eleven, Bloomsbury, 2012; Sektion 20, Bloomsbury 2011; Cabinet of Curiosities, Bloomsbury, 2010; Ausländer, Bloomsbury, 2009; Battle Fleet, Bloomsbury, 2007; Prison Ship, Bloomsbury, 2006; Powder Monkey, Bloomsbury, 2005.