Kiran Millwood Hargrave was born in Surrey in 1990, and her earliest ambition was to be a cat, closely followed by a cat-owner or the first woman on Mars. She has achieved only one of these things, but discovered that being a writer lets you imagine whatever you want.
She started writing poetry in her final year at university, producing three poetry books and a play before she turned to fiction. Her bestselling debut The Girl of Ink & Stars (aka The Cartographer’s Daughter in the US), about a mapmaker’s daughter who must save her island, was a Financial Times Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award, the Little Rebels Awards, and won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017 and the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year. Her second standalone story, The Island at the End of Everything, was published May 2017, and has so far been Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week, long listed for the UKLA Book Awards, and won the Little Ripon Bookshop’s Children’s Book Award 2017 .
Kiran lives in Oxford with her husband, the artist Tom de Freston, and the fulfilment of one of her earliest ambitions: their cat, Luna.