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Lucy Adlington is an author, presenter and keen collector of vintage and antique costume,  She writes both history-inspired fiction and fascinating social history books.  She also 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.

 Lucy's novels for teenagers, including The Diary of Pelly-D and Burning Mountain, have been longlisted 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.


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‘Captivates, inspires and ultimately enriches” Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

‘A tear-jerker. Bookworms are calling it a cross between The Diary of Anne Frank and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and it’s a reading list essential.”  Maximum Pop

The Red Ribbon is the best YA novel about the Holocaust I have read.  The story it threads together is gripping, moving and important.” Robert Eaglestone, Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought.

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

As fourteen-year-old Ella begins her first day working in the prison camp, 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: The Red Ribbon, Hot Key Books, 2017; Stitches in Time, Random House Books, 2015; Fashion; The Women in World War One, The History Press, 2014; 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).