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Polly Ho-Yen

Polly Ho-Yen was born in Northampton and brought up in Buckinghamshire. She studied English at Birmingham University before working in publishing for several years.

Her first novel, Boy in the Tower, published in July 2014 by Random House Children's Publishers, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Her second novel Where Monsters Lie was published in 2016 and her third novel, Fly Me Home, was published in 2017. Both of these novels were also nominated for the Carnegie Medal. She has since had three more titles published: How I Saved The World In A Week and The Day No One Woke Up by Simon & Schuster, and The Boy Who Grew A Tree by Knights Of.

She now writes full-time and lives in Bristol with her husband and daughter. Polly's first adult novel, Dark Lullaby, was published by Titan Books in the UK. 

Dark Lullaby

Kit is an ‘out’, she doesn’t want children. Infertility is universal and she has witnessed the agonies of her friends and sister going through the painful and dangerous fertility treatment, Induction, and then struggling to keep their babies, and cannot face going through it herself. But then she meets Thomas, and gradually the idea of a baby becomes more and more important. She and Thomas go through Induction and have a baby girl, Mimi. At first everything goes well but then the small mistakes, ISPs (Insufficient Standard of Parenting), build up and suddenly Kit is face to face with the idea of losing Mimi, and she is forced to ask herself how far she will go to keep her family together.

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Titan Books
Audio W. F. Howes
Czech Republic Albatros Media
Germany Piper Verlag
Poland Insignis Media
Spain Minotauro/Planeta

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