Zoë Marriott has always wanted to be a writer. Her first book, The Swan Kingdom, a young adult fairytale re-telling based on the Hans Christian Anderson story 'The Wild Swans', was long-listed for the Branford Boase Award and was a USBBY Outstanding International Book. It was also an American Library Association Popular Paperback For Young Adults and an International Reading Association Young Adult's Choice. Shadows on the Moon, which won the prestigious Sasakawa Prize and was shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award and the Lancashire Book of the Year, cemented Zoë's place as a talented newcomer in fantasy and young adult fiction. The much anticipated final book in The Name of the Blade trilogy (Frail Human Heart) was published in July 2016. Zoë's breathtaking novel, Barefoot on the Wind, is inspired by the best-loved Beauty and the Beast and has garnered a plethora of excellent reviews.
Zoë has recently delivered her ambitious new YA fantasy novel, The Hand, The Eye and The Heart (Walker) which explores themes of gender identity and the role of women set in a brilliantly imagined world of beauty and brutality. She lives in a small town on the east coast with two rescue cats, a manic spaniel and way, way too many books. She is an active blogger and reviewer.
"A rising star of fantasy fiction." The Times
"Beautiful visual imagery, viscerally brutal action and desperate passions make this re-telling feel fresh... highlighting the tale's original themes of alientation, isolation and desire." BookTrust on Barefoot on the Wind
"Beautifully written and imagined, Barefoot on the Wind is not just about romantic love - it's about family, and facing your deepest fears. Like all the best fairy stories, it ends on a note of unexpected joy." Amanda Craig, Scoop
"Magnificent world building and exquisitely formed plot make this a richly satisfying read with a smart feminist overtone." LoveReading4Kids on Barefoot on the Wind
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