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Lucy Adlington co-founded and runs the ‘History Wardrobe’, an organisation which gives hugely sought after costume-in-context presentations to over 15,000 people across the UK every year.  Her largest clients are the National Trust, English Heritage, WI and the Cheltenham Literary Festival. 

Lucy's social history writing weaves together her passion for clothes through the ages and her fascination for women’s lives.  Her first, the lavishly illustrated Great War Fashion, is published by The History Press and her second, A Stitch in Time – The Story of the Clothes We Wear was published by Random House Books in 2015.

Writing as L.J. Adlington for teenagers her novels have been shortlisted and longlisted for many prizes like the Carnegie Medal, and the Manchester and the Leeds Book Prizes.

Lucy is currently working on a costume and social history of women's lives in WW2.


Lucy's novels for teenagers, including The Diary of Pelly-D and Burning Mountain, have been nominated and shortlisted for the CLIP Carnegie Medal, the Manchester Book Prize, the Leeds Book Prize and the Rotherham Book Award.  Lucy's latest Young Adult novel, The Red Ribbon, is published by Hot Key Books in autumn 2017.


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Every dress she makes could mean the difference between life and death.

Four of us: Rose, Ella, Marta and Carla.  In another life we might all have been friends together.  But this was Birchwood.

As fourteen-year-old Ella begins her first day working at Birchwood, she steps into a world of silks and seams, buttons, lace and ribbons.

Ella is a dressmaker, but this is no ordinary sewing workshop.  Hers are no ordinary clients. Every dress she makes could mean the difference between life and death.  This room, this place, this world, is all about survival.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: WRITING AS LUCY ADLINGTON: Stitches in Time, Random House Books, 2015; Great War Fashion, The History Press, 2013.   WRITING AS L.J. ADLINGTON: Night Witches, Hodder Children’s Books, 2013; Burning Mountain Hodder Children’s Books, 2010; The Glittering Eye, Hodder Children’s Books, 2009; Cherry Heaven, Hodder Children’s Books, 2007; The Diary of Pelly-D, Hodder Childrens Books, 2005; (Foreign rights sold USA (Greenwillow), Germany (Patmos Verlag), France (Hachette), Denmark (Phabel), Japan (Poplar).