Celia Rees

Welcome to the website of award-winning author, Celia Rees

Celia Rees is one of Britain's foremost writers for teenagers with an international readership and reputation. Her novel Witch Child has been published in 28 languages and is required reading in secondary schools in the UK. Although her recent novels have been historical, she has written about everything from vampires to Shakespeare. She began by writing edgy, gritty thrillers for teenagers. This Is Not Forgiveness takes her back to her roots.

Costa winner and Carnegie shortlisted author Linda Newbery reviews This Is Not Forgiveness

Follow Celia on Twitter: @CeliaRees
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Glass Town Wars latest!

Glass Town Wars has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal!

Hear Celia talking about the book on Fun Kids Radio Podcast, and check out their page on it.

Here's a brilliant 5* review for Glass Town Wars from Books for Keeps! Here’s the link to the full issue.

Read Celia’s post about the writing of Glass Town Wars on the History Girls’ Blog: http://the-history-girls.blogspot.com/2018/10/glass-town-wars-and-brontes-celia-rees.html

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And read more about the Brontë siblings' secret world in the excellent Scoop Magazine http://www.scoopthemag.co.uk

Celia's first YA book for over six years, Glass Town Wars is inspired by the early writings of the Brontë siblings. Celia has taken the magical world that the siblings created and written an ambitious, intricate and innovative novel, featuring the Brontës as you have never seen them before, a teenage boy and an action-packed plot full of epic battles, new loves and old passions. Click here to read more about it!


Here's an interview that Celia recently did with Italian book Blogger Barbara Barducco – in Italian at the top, English underneath

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Society of Authors

Celia is now on the Management Committee of the Society of Authors, the organization which looks after the interests of writers, illustrators, and literary translators.

Writers Review

Celia has joined Linda Newbery and Adele Geras on a new reviewing blog: Writers Review.

They will be reviewing books that they have enjoyed: fiction, non fiction, memoirs, nature writing, almost anything; but the emphasis will be on books for adults, rather than children. There will be a regular slot for guest reviewers, who are all writers, too.

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You can find them at: http://reviewsbywriters.blogspot.co.uk/

Festival of Literature for Young People

Celia is looking forward to being at The University of East Anglia's exciting Festival of Literature for Young People – 20–24 June 2016.

Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary

1616–2016. It is four hundred years since William Shakespeare died in Stratford-upon-Avon. The anniversary of his death will be marked all around the world by performances, exhibitions, programmes of creative and cultural activities.

April, the month of his birth and his death, seems a good time to remember him and his work. Fellow History Girl Mary Hoffman’s book Shakespeare's Ghost was published on 23rd April, and The History Girls had a whole month of Shakespeare-related blogs.

My date was 18th April: I wrote about one of my favourite plays, Twelfth Night, and how it inspired me to write The Fool's Girl.

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Here I'm talking about the book in Shakespeare's garden:


Shakespeare Challenge

To celebrate his life, I think everyone should do at least one thing that is related to Shakespeare this year – watch or read one of his plays, visit Stratford-upon-Avon, go to an exhibition, write or paint something inspired by him or his plays. You can find just how much is going on at  Shakespeare 400 . If you accept the Shakespeare Challenge, let me know how you get on. You can get in touch with me here.


World Book Day, March 3rd, 2016

On World Book Day, Celia was at King Edward VI School Handsworth and was very happy to take part in another Pirates! Day.

Previous Pirates! Day fun:

Trap in Time

Celia is delighted to announce the re-publication of her Trap in Time series: City of Shadows, A Trap in Time and The Host Rides Out as e books, all with splendid new covers. Trap in Time began as the HAUNTS series and was then turned into a trilogy. Celia is renowned for her ability to build fear into fiction and to create a sense of creeping dread. These novels contain some of her very best scary writing. There is no such thing as a safe scare – as you'll find out here. And see the new editions here!

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HodderSilver is the home of all things Sci Fi, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction and it's an honour to be in the company of some of the greats of British Children's Fiction, including Robert Swindells, Nicholas Fisk, Jan Mark, Adele Geras and Jean Ure.

Read more at http://hoddersilver.tumblr.com, and follow this excellent blog, beginning with Celia writing about two of her writing heroes, Robert Swindells and Nicholas Fisk.



More great news for This is Not Forgiveness:

This Is Not Forgiveness has been given a starred review by Kirkus Reviews!

"I was hooked, fascinated by the voice of the story's central character and already feeling a mounting sense of anticipatory dread on his behalf – a sure sign you're in the hands of a fine storyteller."
Tony Bradman, The Guardianread more

"It's a tale of love requited (but in the wrong way), and a plot loaded with contemporary, incendiary prescience. Slick and compelling, This is Not Forgiveness leaves a fiery afterburn in the mind."
Philip Womack, The Literary Reviewread more

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Blog tour

Blog Tour – in early February, Celia toured This Is Not Forgiveness

Click the tour dates image to the left, to get a full list of venues. Or click below to see the blog tour posts as they appeared:

Sister Spooky interviewed Celia on 30th January

The Mountains of Instead reviewed the book on 31st January

On 1st February Celia did a Q&A on The Great, the Good and the Bad

Read Celia's writing tips on Writing from the Tub, on 2nd February

And more Q&A on Books, Coffee & Anything Crafty on 3rd February

Celia talked about her This Is Not Forgiveness playlist on Readaraptor, on 6th February

On 7th February the book was reviewed at Serendipity Reviews

Celia described a day in her life on 8th February, for The Cait Files

And on 8th February she picked outthe best fictional deaths, for Feeling Fictional

To finish off the blog tour, on 10th February Celia talked on Belle Books about the film that inspired This Is Not Forgiveness.

Listen to Celia on the Guardian's podcast about This Is Not Forgiveness!


Celia's new book came out on 2nd February, and it's a bit of a departure, addressing hard-hitting issues that are prevalent in modern teenagers' lives.

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Praise for This Is Not Forgiveness:

"Sleek, dark and dangerous. Celia Rees has ventured into new territory and returned with explosives."  Patrick Ness

“In a remarkable book that manages to be both lyrical and gritty in the same breath, Celia Rees takes us into into a apparently ordinary world where love, betrayal, faith and violence appear hand in hand on virtually every page.  I love it for its deceptively gentle prose, its totally believable characters and its vortex of a plot. It's a real achievement – Celia has really excelled herself with this one.”  Melvyn Burgess

"This is Not Forgiveness is a startling new novel by Celia Rees … a powerful story told as a multiple narrative … a brilliant read." Anne Cassidy

Reviews | Summary | Inspiration | Trailer | Blog Tour

The Best Children's Books Ever! – Celia's book Witch Child has been selected as one of the Guardian newspaper's best ever for 12-year-olds and over. Read what they had to say about it here.

"What Rees does frighteningly well is build up the slow tension in her stories."
The Guardian

"Compelling and convincing… Rees has become a major writer for teenage readers."
The Independent

"Rees’s outstanding fiction carries both historical and psychological conviction"
Books for Keeps

"Well-known for her ability to write gripping stories featuring strong, intelligent female characters"
The Financial Times

Here you can find out more about Celia in the author section, explore in-depth information about her books, get details of what Celia's writing at the moment and forthcoming events, find out the answers to popular questions and contact Celia via her agents or publishers.