Lissa Evans has written books for both adults and children, including the bestselling Old Baggage, Their Finest Hour and a Half, longlisted for the Orange Prize, and Crooked Heart longlisted for the Baileys Women’s. Prize for Fiction.
For children, Small Change for Stuart was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Costa Book Awards. It was followed by a sequel Big Change for Stuart. Lissa’s next novel was the wonderfully witty, even satirical, Wed Wabbit, which employs fantasy and humour to explore some complex ideas about childhood, psychology and society.
Lissa’s most recent book, Wished, pays homage to some of the great classics of children’s literature, particularly Edith Nesbit’s Five Children and It, which Lissa admires greatly – the story is, however, wholly her own and will reward the reader with many surprises, twists and turn.
In this episode, Lissa talks to Nikki Gamble about the book.
Ed and his sister Roo are faced with the most boring half-term holiday in history: five days spent in the company of their elderly neighbour, Miss Filey, and her ancient, smelly cat. But when they find a box of birthday candles in a cupboard in Miss Filey’s house, their world is changed completely. Because these are no ordinary candles and every single one of them comes with a wish.
There’s only one problem: some of those wishes actually belong to someone else . . .
From the bestselling author of Wed Wabbit, Wished is a hilarious misadventure about how the biggest wishes can come true, in the most unexpected ways.