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

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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.

This Is Not Forgiveness cover image

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.