Diana Hendry



Diana has published over forty books for children.

New Publications

The Seeing, Diana's latest junior novel, was shortlisted for a 2012 Costa Award and is shortlisted for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2013.

‘The Seeing’ Reviews

'This wise and unsettling tale will captivate discerning readers of any age'.

The Telegraph review by Martin Chilton,

Digital Culture Editor

Read his full review Here

'...an intriguing, atmospheric and memorable tale.'

Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week'.

‘A short, subtle, unsettling thriller'.  

Geraldine Brennan, The Observer

'a little gem that will stay with you long after you have finished reading it'.  David Spanswick, Amazon

'a gripping and evocative story ... the plot keeps you riveted and reminds you of the lasting pscyhological damange of the war'.

Children's Booksellers' Choice

'an intense, eerie tale of three children and one summer...'

The Bookseller.

Forthcoming:  May 2016

You Can’t Cuddle a Crocodile

(picture book)  Hodder & Stoughton

Out of the Clouds

(junior novel)  Hodder & Stoughton

The following is a selection of Diana’s work:-

Picture Books

The Very Noisy Night, illustrated by Jane Chapman. Little Tiger Press, 1998

The Very Busy Day, illustrated by Jane Chapman Little Tiger Press, 200l

The Very Snowy Christmas,  illustrated by Jane Chapman. Little Tiger Press, 2005

Oodles of Noodles, illustrated by Sarah Massini.  Little Tiger Press, 2008

Junior Fiction

Harvey Angell, Julia MacRae/Walker Books, 1991; Red Fox, 2003 and 2012

Harvey Angell and the Ghost Child, MacRae/Red Fox 1997,  2003 and 2012

Harvey Angell Beats Time, Red Fox, 2003 and 2012

You Can’t Kiss it Better, Red Fox, 2003

The Seeing,  Bodley Head, 2012


Also published in 2012

A reissue of the three Harvey Angell books.  

Harvey Angell ( which won a Whitbread Award), Harvey Angell and the Ghost child, and Harvey Angell Beats Time (which won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award).

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Awards for Children’s Books

Whitbread Award, 1991 for Harvey Angell

Scottish Arts Council Award 2002 for Harvey Angell Beats Times.

The Seeing, was shortlisted for the 2012 Costa Children’s book Award,

and has been shortlisted for a 2013 Scottish Children’s Book Award.

Theatre Adaptations

The Very Noisy Night and The Very Snowy Christmas have both

been turned into children’s musical theatre by Blunderbus Theatre Company


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The Seed-box Lantern: New & Selected Poems, now available from Mariscat Press

Diana’s young adult novel, The Seeing, is now out in paperback and

has been shortlisted for a Scottish Children’s Book Award.  See scottishbooktrust.com for more details – (not least how to vote!)

‘The Seeing’ is on The Sunday Times list of a 100 Children’s Modern Classics

From 2014 to 2017 Diana will be co-editor (with, for the first two years,  Gerry Cambridge) of New Writing Scotland