Patrick Ness (born 17 October 1971) is a British-American author, journalist, lecturer and screenwriter. Born in the United States, Ness moved to London and holds dual citizenship. He is best known for his books for young adults, including the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls.
Ness in 2017
|Born||17 October 1971|
Fort Belvoir, Virginia, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
Ness won the annual Carnegie Medal from the British librarians both in 2011 and in 2012, for Monsters of Men and A Monster Calls, recognising each as the best new book for children or adults published in the UK.[a] He is one of seven writers to win two Medals (no one has won three) and the second to win consecutively.
Ness was born near the Fort Belvoir Army base, near Alexandria, Virginia, where his father was a lieutenant in the US Army. They moved to Hawaii, where he lived until he was six, then spent the next ten years in Washington state, before moving to Los Angeles. Ness studied English Literature at the University of Southern California.
After graduating, he worked as corporate writer for a cable company. He published his first story in Genre magazine in 1997 and was working on his first novel when he moved to London in 1999.
Ness's first young adult novel was The Knife of Never Letting Go, which in 2008 was awarded the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, an annual book award judged by a panel of British children's writers.The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men were sequels to The Knife of Never Letting Go; jointly they are called the "Chaos Walking trilogy" and The Knife has been reissued with a front cover banner "Chaos Walking: Book One". Ness has also published three short stories in the Chaos Walking universe, the prequels "The New World", "The Wide, Wide Sea", and "Snowscape", set after the events of Monsters of Men. The short stories are available as free-to-download e-books, and have been included in the 2013 UK print editions of the novels.
A Monster Calls (2011) originated with Siobhan Dowd, another writer with the same editor at Walker, Denise Johnstone-Burt. Before her August 2007 death, Dowd and Johnstone-Burt had discussed the story and Dowd was contracted to write it. Afterward, Walker arranged separately with Ness to write and Jim Kay to illustrate, and those two completed the book without meeting. Ness won the Carnegie and Kay won the companion CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal (established 1955), the first time one book has won both medals.
On 7 May 2013, Ness was revealed to be the author of Tip of the Tongue, the May e-short featuring the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa as part Puffin's eleven Doctor Who e-shorts in honour of the show's 50th anniversary.
The Crane Wife, Ness's third and most recent novel for adults, was released on 30 December 2014.
In 2014, Ness delivered the keynote speech at the Children's and Young Adult Program of the Berlin International Literature Festival.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here, was released 25 August 2015 in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, and 5 October 2015 in Canada and the United States.
On 1 October 2015, the BBC announced that Ness would be writing a Doctor Who spin-off entitled Class, and the resulting eight-part series aired on BBC Three's online channel toward the end of 2016. In 2017, Ness announced that he was leaving the show at the end of the first season. The BBC later cancelled the series Class.
Ness's most recent book, Release, was published on 4 May 2017, dubbed by Ness as a "private and intense book", with more personal inspiration than any before it.
Ness was naturalised a British citizen in 2005. He entered into a civil partnership with his partner in 2006, less than two months after the Civil Partnership Act came into force. In August 2013, Ness and his partner got married following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in California.
Ness taught creative writing at Oxford University and has written and reviewed for The Daily Telegraph, The Times Literary Supplement, The Sunday Telegraph and The Guardian. He reviews for The Guardian as of July 2012[update]. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund and was the first Writer in Residence for Booktrust.
The Knife of Never Letting Go won numerous awards including the Booktrust Teenage Prize, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, and the 2008 Tiptree Award. It was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.
More Than This made the Carnegie shortlist.
- The Crash of Hennington (2003)
- The Crane Wife (2013)
Novels for young adultsEdit
- Chaos Walking series:
- Short stories:
- 1.5. "The New World" (2009)
- 2.5. "The Wide, Wide Sea" (2013)
- 3.5. "Snowscape" (2013)
- Short stories:
- A Monster Calls (original idea by Siobhan Dowd) (2011)
- More Than This (2013)
- The Rest of Us Just Live Here (2015)
- Release (2017)
- And the Ocean Was Our Sky (Fall 2018)
- Burn (Summer 2020)
- Topics About Which I Know Nothing (2004), collection of 11 short stories:
- "Implied Violence", "The Way All Trends Do", "Ponce de Leon is a Retired Married Couple From Toronto", "Jesus' Elbows and Other Christian Urban Myths", "Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?", "Sydney is a City of Jaywalkers", "2,115 Opportunities", "The Motivations of Sally Rae Wentworth, Amazon", "The Seventh International Military War Games Dance Committee Quadrennial Competition and Jamboree", "The Gifted", "Now That You've Died"
Uncollected short stories:
|2016||A Monster Calls||Yes||Yes||Based on his novel A Monster Calls|||
|2016||Class||Yes||Yes||Doctor Who television spin-off; also creator (8 episodes)|||
|2021||Chaos Walking||Yes||Co-screenwriter (with Charlie Kaufman, Jamie Linden, Lindsey Beer, Gary Spinelli and John Lee Hancock). Based on his novel The Knife of Never Letting Go.|||
- The publication years defining the two Carnegie Medals were September to August 2009/2010 and 2010/2011, approximately the latest completed school years.
- "Patrick Ness". IMDb. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
- (Carnegie Winner 2011) Archived 29 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- "Press Desk: 'Chaos' Reigns, Patrick Ness Wins ...". Press release 23 June 2011. CILIP. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- (Carnegie Winner 2012). Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- "Press Desk: An Historic Moment in Children's Literature, Patrick Ness Wins ..." Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Press release 14 June 2012, with press kit. CILIP. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- "The Crash of Hennington". patrickness.com. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
- "Topics about Which I Know Nothing". patrickness.com. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
- Guardian children's fiction prize 2008 (top page). The Guardian. 12 July 2012.
- "Guardian children's fiction prize relaunched: Entry details and list of past winners", The Guardian, 12 March 2001. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- "Free brand new Chaos Walking short stories!!". patrickness.com. 30 March 2013. Archived from the original on 27 August 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
- "UK Chaos Walking rejackets out today with new short stories!". patrickness.com. 2 May 2013. Archived from the original on 17 September 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
- Patrick Ness and Jim Kay. "How we made A Monster Calls: As their book wins the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals ...", The Guardian, 14 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
- Lara Prendergast. "A Monster Calls", The Telegraph, 14 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
- Patrick Ness (7 May 2013). "Doctor Who: Tip of the Tongue by Patrick Ness – extract | Children's books". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- Patrick on (29 August 2013). "Events! Lots of 'em! – Diary". Patrick Ness. Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- Emily Drabble, "Carnegie medal and Kate Greenaway 2015 shortlists announced", The Guardian, 17 March 2015.
- "Doctor Who Spin Off: Class". Doctor Who. 1 October 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
- Alex Moreland (6 May 2017). "Exclusive Interview: Best-selling author Patrick Ness on his new book Release, the future of his Doctor Who spinoff Class, and more!". Yahoo UK. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
- Ness, Patrick (24 June 2006). "We two boys together clinging". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
- "Patrick Ness - Literature". literature.britishcouncil.org. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
- Alison Flood. "Patrick Ness beats established writers to Booktrust teenage prize", The Guardian, 18 November 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
- Press Desk (directory). CILIP. Retrieved 8 August 2012. Quote: "media releases relating to the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards in date order." (2002 to 2006 releases concern 2001 to 2005 awards.)
- "Arthur C Clarke Awards Nominees Announced". Dave Golder. SFX. 4 March 2011.
- Noble, Barnes &. "The Rest of Us Just Live Here". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
- The Deadline Team (9 April 2014). "Focus Dates 'A Monster Calls' For October 2016". Retrieved 24 August 2016.
- Boone, Brian (26 June 2019). "What went wrong with Tom Holland's "unreleasable" movie". looper.com. Retrieved 30 May 2020.