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Catherine Butler (born 25 January 1963 in Romsey, Hampshire; formerly Charles Cadman Butler) is an English academic and author of children's fiction.[1]

Catherine Butler
Charles Cadman Butler

(1963-01-25) 25 January 1963 (age 56)
Romsey, Hampshire, England
EducationUniversity of London
University of York
OccupationAssociate professor, Cardiff University

Butler's most important academic work, Four British fantasists : place and culture in the children's fantasies of Penelope Lively, Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, and Susan Cooper won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award (2009) in the Mythopoeic Scholarship category and is in 236 libraries according to WorldCat,[2] and has been reviewed in the standard book review sources[3][4][5] and academic journals.[6][7][8] Another academic work, Teaching Children's Fiction is in 148 libraries. Of Butler's fiction, Timon's Tide is the most widely held and reviewed: over 300 libraries & reviews.[9][10][11][12][13][14] Among her other fiction, Death of a Ghost, The Fetch of Mardy Watt, Calypso Dreaming, The Lurkers, are each in about 100 libraries and with journal reviews.


Other publicationsEdit

Butler's works include:

  • As Charles Butler:
    • Female Replies to Swetnam the Woman-Hater, ed. (Thoemmes, 1995)
    • The Darkling (Orion, 1997)
    • Timon's Tide (Orion, 1998)
    • Calypso Dreaming (HarperCollins, 2002)
    • The Fetch of Mardy Watt (HarperCollins, 2004)
    • Death of a Ghost (HarperCollins, 2006)
    • The Lurkers (Usborne, 2006)
    • Teaching Children's Fiction, ed. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)
    • Four British Fantasists: Place and Culture in the Children's Fantasies of Penelope Lively, Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, and Susan Cooper (Scarecrow, 2006)
    • Kiss of Death (Barrington Stoke, 2007)
    • Hand of Blood (Barrington Stoke, 2009)

  • As Catherine Butler:
    • Reading History in Children's Books, with Hallie O'Donovan (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
    • Roald Dahl: A New Casebook, ed. with Ann Alston (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
    • Twisted Winter, ed. (A & C Black, 2013)
    • Philip Pullman: A New Casebook, ed. with Tommy Halsdorf (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
    • Modern Children's Literature: An Introduction, ed. with Kimberley Reynolds (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
    • Literary Studies Deconstructed: A Polemic, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)


At some point between 2009 and 2012 Butler began using the name Catherine instead of Charles, evidently as part of transitioning from male to female gender.[15][16][17]

Butler is the sister of Martin Butler and the granddaughter of Montagu C. Butler.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Charles Butler". HarperCollins. Retrieved 20 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Four British fantasists : place and culture in the children's fantasies of Penelope Lively, Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, and Susan Cooper". Worldcat. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  3. ^ CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries Dec 2006 v44 i4 p645,
  4. ^ School Library Journal Oct 2006 v52 i10 p192
  5. ^ Reference & Research Book News August 2006
  6. ^ Children's Literature Association Quarterly, 32, no. 3 (2007): 273–275,
  7. ^ Children's Literature Annual 2008 v36 p251(6)
  8. ^ Marvels & tales. (Wayne State University Press) 21, no. 1, (2007) 172
  9. ^ Publishers Weekly 3 July 2000
  10. ^ Center for Children's Books Bulletin Sept 2000 v54 p9,
  11. ^ Kirkus Reviews 1 June 2000 v68 p792
  12. ^ School Library Journal June 2000 v46 i6 p142,
  13. ^ School Librarian Summer 1999 v47 p98
  14. ^ Voice of Youth Advocates June 2000 v23 p123
  15. ^ Catherine Butler's personal webpage at Cardiff University lists these items that are also in Charles Butler's history:
    • Honours and awards
      Mythopoeic Scholarship Award, 2009
    • Previous academic positions
      Associate Professor, University of the West of England
    Furthermore, the Publications tab lists all the books that were already listed in this article before the addition of this section (Personal).
  16. ^ Catherine Butler's Facebook page[permanent dead link] includes this post among others. Note the use of the pronoun "we", referring to transgender people.
  17. ^ The worldwide library catalog index site Worldcat lists all Butler's publications under "Catherine Butler", even those published under "Charles Butler".

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