Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff in Stockholm, 2016.
Born 16 October 1956 (1956-10-16) (age 60)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Writer, novelist
Nationality American
Genre Fiction

Meg Rosoff (born 16 October 1956)[1] is an American writer based in London, United Kingdom. She is best known for the novel How I Live Now (Puffin, 2004), which won the Guardian Prize, Printz Award, and Branford Boase Award and made the Whitbread Awards shortlist. Her second novel, Just in Case (Penguin, 2006) won the annual Carnegie Medal from the British librarians recognising the year's best children's book published in the U.K.[2]

Early life and education

Rosoff was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1956, the second of four sisters.[3] Her family were Jewish and practised Judaism; Rosoff herself is an atheist.[4] She attended Harvard University from 1974, graduating three years later. She then moved to England and studied sculpture at Saint Martin's School of Art in London.[5] She returned to the United States to finish her degree in 1980, and later moved to New York City for 9 years, where she worked in publishing and advertising.


In 1989, at the age of 32[3] Rosoff returned to London and has lived there ever since. Between 1989 and 2003, she worked for a variety of advertising agencies as a copywriter. She began to write novels after her youngest sister died of breast cancer. Her young-adult novel How I Live Now was published in 2004, in the same week she was diagnosed with breast cancer.[3] It won the annual Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime book award judged by a panel of British children's book writers,[6][7] and the annual Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association, recognising the year's "best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit".[8] In 2005 she published a children's book, Meet Wild Boars, which was illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Just in Case, published in 2006, won the British Carnegie Medal[2] and German Jugendliteraturpreis. What I Was, her third novel was published in August 2007, followed by two more collaborations with Blackall: Wild Boars Cook and Jumpy Jack and Googily. Another novel, The Bride's Farewell was named one of 2009's ten best books for young adults that were published in the American adult market.

There Is No Dog, published by Penguin in 2011 (US edition, Putnam, 2012) is a comic novel supposing that God the creator is a 19-year-old boy. Rosoff told Book Nerd, "The title comes from a joke about a dyslexic atheist walking up and down in front of a church with a sign that reads THERE IS NO DOG."

Picture Me Gone is a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award for Young People's Literature (U.S.).[9]

The film of How I Live Now directed by Kevin MacDonald and starring Saoirse Ronan opened in Britain on 4 October 2013 and in America and Canada on 5 November 2013.[10]


Picture books




Lifetime achievement honors and awards

Individual book awards

How I Live Now

Just In Case

What I Was

The Bride's Farewell

Picture Me Gone


  1. "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. 16 October 2014. p. 47.
  2. 1 2 3 (Carnegie Winner 2007). Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  3. 1 2 3 "Pieces of Me". London: The Guardian. 23 July 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
  4. "Meg Rosoff event cancelled over 'blasphemous' book". Anita Singh. The Telegraph. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  5. Writers: Meg Rosoff. British Council. Accessed August 2013.
  6. 1 2 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2004 (top page). 7 August 2012.
  7. 1 2 "Guardian children's fiction prize relaunched: Entry details and list of past winners". 12 March 2001. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  8. 1 2 "Michael L. Printz Winners and Honor Books" Archived 26 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine.. YALSA. American Library Association. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  9. 1 2 "2013 National Book Awards". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
  10. Catsoulis, Jeannette (November 7, 2013). "Young Love, Interrupted by a Nuclear Bomb". The New York Times.
  11. Young adult author Meg Rosoff wins Astrid Lindgren award, BBC News, 5 April 2016
  12. 1 2 Press Desk (directory). CILIP. Retrieved 7 August 2012. Quote: "media releases relating to the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards in date order." (2002 to 2006 releases concern 2001 to 2005 awards.)
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