Melinda Salisbury is the three-time Carnegie nominated and bestselling author of multiple young adult novels, including the Sin Eater's Daughter series, the State of Sorrow duology, and Hold Back the Tide.


Her first novel, The Sin Eater's Daughter, was the bestselling UK YA debut novel of 2015, and collectively her books have been nominated and shortlisted for numerous national and international awards, including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the YA Book Prize, the Branford Boase, the Edgar Awards, the 2016 and 2019 and 2021 Carnegie medals, YALSA Best YA 2022, Eason's YA Book of the Month, and more. Her books have been published in fifteen countries, to date.

August 2021 will see the publication of Melinda's first non-fiction book, The Way Back Almanac, a modern spin on the traditional almanac, aimed at people who are looking for a way back to a lost love of nature 

She lives on the East Sussex coast and is a passionate vegan and amateur naturalist. Her agent is Claire Wilson, at Rogers, Coleridge and White Literary Agency, London.

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For professional enquiries/bookshop/festival/school/library visits, email: poundshop.persephone@gmail.com

For commissions/to work with Melinda, email: clairewilson@rcwlitagency.com

For film/TV/production rights, email: emily@theartistspartnership.co.uk

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