Eleanor Updale

EleanorUpdaleEleanor has been writing fiction since the turn of the century. She has fans of all ages, and her books are written with the whole family in mind. They include historical novels (the Montmorency series and Johnny Swanson), The Last Minute and Saved – which are set in the present day – and numerous short stories in anthologies. Eleanor has won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, notably the Blue Peter Prize for The Book I Couldn’t Put Down, the Silver Smarties prize, and the Fantastic Book Award.  She has been long- and short listed for many more.
Eleanor has been on the judging panels for several literary awards, including the Costa, the Guardian, and the Royal Society awards.  She appears regularly at book festivals as both interviewee and interviewer, and has featured on the BBC Radio 4 programmes Open Book and A Good Read, and on The Book Café on Radio Scotland.  She is a patron of the Borders and Lennoxlove book festivals, and an associate fellow of the Royal Literary Fund.
Eleanor was a BBC producer, working mainly on current affairs programmes such as the World at One, The Week in Westminster, and Newsnight.  She has a PhD in history, and a great interest in the field of medical ethics, sitting on the Clinical Ethics Committee at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and the UK Donation Ethics Committee. She is also a governor of the children’s charity, Coram, and an ambassador for the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts.
Eleanor lives in Edinburgh and London and has three grown-up children.
Eleanor’s personal appearances are handled by Authors Aloud UK (info@authorsalouduk.co.uk)