1916 – 1998
After moderate success as a children’s writer, Kenneth Lillington’s career took off in 1979 with the publication of an historical novel, Young Man of Morning. This was followed by novels aimed mainly at teenagers with supernatural and romantic themes. With An Ash-Blonde Witch (1987) set in the 22nd century, Lillington combined science fiction with fairy tale and fable to create an original and appealing blend. A number of similar novels were to follow. Lillington was twice short-listed for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award.