In the media
For previews, reviews, interviews, features and more, check out all press coverage by or about Liz below. Liz has written for Metro, The Bookseller, The Irish Times, BookBrunch, Culturefly, Boundless, Teen Librarian and others.
The Bookseller | Bearmouth shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2020Read article
The Times | Children’s Book of the Year
a Christmas Carol for 2019
The Times | The 50 best books of 2019Read article
Financial Times | Best books of 2019: Young adult
A dazzling fable of oppression and hope.
New Statesman | The best new children’s books for Christmas
My top pick for ages 12 upwards is Bearmouth, a remarkable debut by Liz Hyder... as good as anything by Joan Aiken.
Observer | Books interview | Liz Hyder: ‘I feel like I’m in a weird cheese dream’Read article
Daily Mail | Children’s books of the year
This debut is very dark — literally, because the protagonist has been enslaved in a coal mine since the age of four... (a) very impressive first outing.
Guardian | Books of the year as chosen by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
A strange, uncompromising and innovative novel written in dialect... It put me in mind of Iain Banks’s The Wasp Factory with its unnerving otherworldliness, but is its own thing entirely.
Sunday Times | Best children’s books of the year 2019
The young adult (YA) debut that caused the most excitement was Liz Hyder’s Bearmouth, an extraordinary dystopian novel written in the misspelt voice of a young narrator who lives and works in a deep mine... dark, but also compelling and original.
BBC Radio 4 Extra | Telling Tales, 2019 in books
A look back at some of the interesting books and stories from the year, with the help of Joe Haddow. Liz talks about her Young Adult debut, selected as The Times’ Children’s Book of the Year 2019.
The Times | Children's Book of the Week
Read article (paywall) plus spoiler alert...
This is a book about bravery in extremis by a writer as courageous as they come. Liz Hyder’s young adult debut is like nothing I have read before and feels as though it is the work of a far more mature writer who has letters after their name and awards cluttering their mantelpiece... Hyder, a former arts PR, should and, I’m sure will, become a household name and her books a curriculum staple.
The Bookseller | Longlist announced for the 2020 Branford Boase awardRead article
The Book Slut | Review
The realities of Bearmouth might be grim, and the exploitation horrific, but the novel is, more than anything, a reminder that even a single spark of hope can be enough to light a wildfire — or at the very least, a stick of dynamite.
South China Morning Post | Review
a boldly original novel, with a totally unique setting, and equally fresh narrating protagonist. Bearmouth is ambitious, nail-bitingly thrilling and courageous.
The Guardian | Review: a captivating YA debut
There’s nothing like a dose of darkness and claustrophobia to give a story intensity and Liz Hyder’s excellent fantasy debut has plenty of both... she has gone far beyond her sources, creating a mythic tale with the feel of a fable, one in which the young and vulnerable take on the powerful and mighty... I’ll be looking out for her next book, whatever it is.
Waterstones | Kiran Millwood Hargrave Recommends Her Top 5 Young Adult Books of 2019
A virtuoso debut... An astonishing feat of world building and imagination, it reminded me of The Wasp Factory, but is its own thing entirely.
The Bookseller | Hyder's debut goes to Norton in US in three-way auction
Pushkin Press has sold YA debut Bearmouth by Liz Hyder to Norton in the US following a three-way bidding war with film rights also sold.
Literary Review | Bearmouth by Liz Hyder
Liz Hyder’s excellent debut novel... presents a Morlockian world in which thousands of men work day and night deep within mines and are controlled by wicked, money-grubbing masters who invoke the divine Mayker to keep them in line... Young teens and upwards will find much to enjoy in this book, which has echoes of Sally Gardner’s dystopian Maggot Moon in its characters’ desire for the destruction of tyranny.
Metro | Books: Children lost to the mines
I see stories everywhere now, waiting to be told
Bustle | 7 Young Adult Books Out In Autumn 2019 In The UK That'll Keep You Busy Until ChristmasRead article
Culturefly | 8 new books to read in September
a bold and unique YA story unlike anything else you’ll read all year
BookTrust | Review
This truly unique and breathtakingly brilliant debut will blow your socks off... The story is exciting, ambitious and completely unpredictable: the kind of book to read in one sitting, quite breathless. Liz Hyder is a really exciting new voice in children’s literature.
Irish Times | Mining the horrors of children at work in the Victorian era
I hope my novel helps readers discover their own inner voices and not be afraid of dialect
Wales Arts Review | Bearmouth by Liz Hyder
Hyder strikes the perfect balance in this realistically gritty yet highly intelligent and nuanced debut.
BookRiot | Nine great reads from emerging writers
A brilliant new voice in YA!
Telegraph and Argus | Author of YA novel Bearmouth at Ilkley Literature Festival
as vivid, original and distinctive as it gets... I was gripped from the first page - and I’ve never read a book like it. This is a compelling, beautifully written novel that brings history alive, for readers of all ages.
Live and Deadly | Bearmouth by Liz Hyder
Bearmouth is a spell-binding, haunting and original novel, deserving of a wide readership. It is a tale of friendship, of social injustice and above all it is both a raw and an inspiring tale of how just one voice lifted above the noise can be the catalyst for change. Unmissable.
Bellis Does Books | Autumn Overview – Teen/YA
A brilliantly bleak but hopeful read, great use of language and dialogue...
Serendipity Reviews | Bearmouth by Liz Hyder
dystopian genius... This book is utterly outstanding and stays with you long after you read it... ambitious in style, extremely dark in nature, but overflowing in excellence. I'd be shocked if this book didn't win a few awards in the near future. An outstanding talented debut!
Hive.co.uk | Rising WritersRead article
Standard Issue podcast | Reproductive rights, coal mining and Mars
Mick chats with author Liz Hyder about her brilliant debut fiction, Bearmouth, kids down coal mines, women with wings and that time a surgery had a 300 per cent mortality rate.
Serendipity Reviews | Review and Q&A
...challenging and deeply thought-provoking read, as well as a truly gripping adventure story.
Foyles | Review
Plus authored blog.
a debut novel of such power and (literal) depth, that you’ll feel the coal dust on your skin and stoop to avoid the mine’s roof so close above your head
CultureFly | Authored piece
Liz Hyder on the inspiration behind her debut novel Bearmouth.
Ideas really can come from anywhere.
Writing Ireland | Authored piece
On Language and Dialect: Bearmouth by Liz Hyder.
Languages are living things, we should nurture them and accept that they shift and ebb over time.
Boundless | Authored piece
Liz Hyder on how Victorian poverty is not a thing of the past.
Whole families braved the dark for hours on end to earn a handful of coins.
Shropshire Star | Ludlow author Liz sells films right to her debut novelRead article
Northern Plunder | Review
A fantastically gripping story. Truly I look forward to Hyder’s future work... a very powerful read.
The Reader's Corner | Review
a fantastic debut YA... compelling, engrossing and just one of those books that when you pick up you won't be able to put it down... It is unique and full of characters you will adore. It is gripping, daunting and creepy and just so much more... one of my favourites of the year.
The Bookseller | Binocular options Hyder's dystopian debut
Film rights to Bearmouth sold to Binocular Productions.
LoveReading4Kids | Review
Courage, rebellion and revolution run rampant in this boldly accomplished debut... Told in narrator Newt’s distinctive phonetic English, this dark debut dazzles with originality and delivers a potent case for combatting inequality... Emotionally engaging, this searingly original novel about standing up to abuses of power and fighting for freedom is radiant with story-telling excellence.
Teen Librarian | Bearmouth
Review, plus the author on the importance of rebellion and asking questions.
gripping, hopeful, and thought provoking
The BookNook | Review
Atmospheric, rich and breathless, this is an immersive book that will leave you feeling empowered and emboldened. A fantastic debut.
Askews and Holts’ newsletter
This is one of the best debut novels I’ve read... I was completely hooked... An adventure story unlike any you will have read before, you will find yourself rooting for the characters and biting your nails in anticipation.
Reading Zone | Review
5⭐. Bearmouth is a sophisticated, intelligent and original young adult read that needs to be put into the hands of your avid readers
Pushkin Press | Welcome... to Bearmouth
We asked Liz to tell us a bit about how the story and the character of Newt came to her, and what she found out along the way. So grab your candles, we’re going down the mine...
Guts of a Beggar | Review
so absorbing, so powerful, so spellbindingly good...It heralds the arrival of a striking new voice in English fiction…[a] dark, compelling, wonderful, world-class novel.
Notes And A Novel | Review
Hyder's voice is so unique. This is experimental fiction at its absolute finest... I suspect that #Bearmouth will be talked about for years to come and Liz Hyder will become synonymous with experimental fiction... [it] may just be my number one book for 2019
The Bookseller | Why are we squeezing creative writing out of schools?
The publishing industry cannot and should not have to make up for the defects in the current education system but it could certainly be more vocal about the problems of sidelining creativity
BookBrunch | Mining for stories
Stories are hidden everywhere, in the buildings that surround us, in the people we walk past in the street, and even in the ground beneath our feet.
LoveReading4Kids | Debuts of the Month
These debuts - written by authors we believe are destined to have a great future as children's writers - have struck a real chord with us.
Mr Ripleys Enchanted Books | Review
A brilliant and thought-provoking piece of writing that you will not be able to put down.
M. G. Leonard | Review
It is both tender, brutal, and at times truly terrifying. You will not read another book like Bearmouth and once you start reading you will not be able to put it down.
The School Reading List | Autumn 2019 – best new children’s and YA books – our picks.Read article
The Bookseller | One to Watch, June 2019
Set in an intense, darkly claustrophobic subterranean world and told in a distinctive first-person dialect, Hyder takes on big themes of oppression, justice and resistance in an ambitious, memorable debut.
The Bookseller | Liz Hyder’s dystopian debut pre-empted by Pushkin
Pushkin Children’s Books has acquired world rights to Bearmouth, a “resoundingly original book”, by debut author Liz Hyder.