Joan Lingard is the author of fourteen novels for adults and more than forty books for children. She was born in Edinburgh, where she now lives, but grew up in Belfast. Both cities have provided settings for her work, as have her husband’s backgrounds of Latvia and Canada.
She currently spends three months of the year in Spain.
Across the Barricades, the second title in her best-selling Ulster quintet, won the prestigious W. German award for children’s literature, the Buxtedhuder Bulle, in 1986. Tug of War, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 1989, and won the Federation of Children’s Book Groups Award, the Sheffield Book Award and the Lancashire Children’s Book Club of the Year Award. She has won Scottish Arts Council Awards for her novel After Colette and for her children’s book Tom and the Tree House.
In 1998 she was awarded the MBE for Services to Children’s Literature.