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Elizabeth Laird was born in Wellington, New Zealand, but is of Scottish descent and was educated at Croydon High School. She spent a year teaching in Malaysia, before studying languages at Bristol and Edinburgh universities.

Liz has spent much of her life living and working abroad, including long spells in Ethiopia and India. She now lives in Richmond with her husband, David McDowall, a writer on Middle Eastern Affairs.

Elizabeth has published many books for all ages and has won many awards, including the Children's Book Award for Kiss the Dust, the Smarties Young Judges Award, and the Lancashire Book Award. Her novel, Red Sky in the Morning was highly commended for the Carnegie Medal.

For Macmillan Children's Books, Elizabeth has published Jake's Tower, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award; The Garbage King, which won the Scottish Arts Council Book Prize, as well as being shortlisted for a number of awards including the Carnegie Medal, the Blue Peter Children's Book Awards and the Askews Torchlight Children's Book Award; A Little Piece of Ground, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Calderdale Children's Book of the Year Award and the Sheffield Children's Book Award. Paradise End was published in 2004 and has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2004.



  • Titles

  • Welcome to Nowhere
  • Dindy and the Elephant
  • The Fastest Boy in the World
  • Oranges in No Man's Land
  • The Prince Who Walked With Lions
  • Kiss the Dust
  • The Garbage King
  • A Little Piece of Ground

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