Stuart Hill Biography
Stuart Hill was born in Leicester, in the East Midlands of England, where he
still lives today. His family heritage includes English, Irish, Romany and
Jewish blood. As a student his grades were average at best, but he was
fortunate to have a teacher who inspired in him a lifelong love of reading.
Since leaving school, he has worked as a teacher and an archaeologist, and now
balances life as both a bookseller and a writer.
The Cry of the Icemark is his first novel. When he was a teenager, Hill
lost "the real Thirrin," his red-haired sister Kathleen, to leukemia. The story
of the brave young warrior-queen who faces impossible dangers is dedicated to
her. The Cry of the Icemark won the Ottakars Prize for the best new
childrens novel - Ottakars is one of the UK's leading book chains.
Foreign rights have been sold to over 14 countries, and Fox have bought the
Blade of Fire, the second in the Icemark Chronicles series was published
in the UK in September 2006 and in the USA in February 2007. The third book of the Icemark Chronicles, Last Battle of the Icemark, was released in 2008.
Hill says that his influences include H. Rider Haggard, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S.
Lewis, and Margaret Abbeyhis former grade school teacher who is also a writer
of historical novels.
This biography was last updated on 06/15/2011.
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