Lesley Howarth's first book, The Flower King, was shortlisted for both the 1993 Whitbread Children's Novel Award and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. It was followed by MapHead, which won the 1995 Guardian Children's Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the WH Smith Mind Boggling Books Award, the Writers' Guild Children's Book Award and Young Telegraph's Book of the Year. Weather Eye, her third novel, won the Smarties Book Prize (9 - 11 Category) and was followed in 1996 by The Pits. Her other titles include Paulina, Mister Spaceman and a story for younger readers, Fort Biscuit. Lesley Howarth and her husband have three daughters and have lived in Cornwall for over twenty years.