Author Stewart Ross

About Stewart

Prize-winning author of fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages. With over 300 published titles, Stewart Ross, author of the gripping Soterion Mission trilogy, is one of Britain’s most popular and versatile writers.

As well as prize-winning books for children, both fiction and nonfiction, Stewart has written novels, several plays, three librettos, and a musical.

He also teaches and directs plays in France, and gives workshops and talks in the UK and further afield.


Stewart was born in Buckinghamshire and educated in Oxford, Berkhamsted, Exeter, Bristol, and Orlando, Florida. He taught at a variety of institutions in Sri Lanka, the Middle East, the USA, and Britain before becoming a full-time writer in 1989.

With over 300 published titles to his credit, he is now one of Britain’s most popular and versatile authors. His output includes prize-winning books for younger readers, novels, plays, three librettos, a musical, and many widely acclaimed works on history and sport. Several of his books are illustrated with his own photographs.

Stewart also lectures in France and the UK, gives talks, runs workshops, and visits schools. He is an occasional journalist and broadcaster. His brother, Charlie Ross, is the celebrated auctioneer.

In his spare time Stewart enjoys travel, restaurants, sport, theatre, photography, art and music. He lives near Canterbury with his wife Lucy, and – occasionally – his four children and two grandchildren. Each morning he commutes 10 metres to work in a large hut in the garden.


Bursary to Dragon School, Oxford, 1955-59

English Speaking Union Gertrude Cole scholarship to the USA, 1978-79

American Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year, 1994, for Shakespeare and Macbeth (David Bennett, introduction by Kenneth Branagh)

Benjamin Franklin Prize, 1996, for Fact and Fiction: Witches (Aladdin Watts)

T.E.S.-Saltire Society Children’s Book Prize, 2000, for The Story of Scotland (Orion)

Scottish Arts Council Children’s Book Award, 2000, for The Story of Scotland (Orion)

Guardian Book of the Week, 2001, for Alexander Graham Bell (Hodder Wayland)

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, 2009, for Moon (Scholastic)

Washington Post & Sunday Times Best Children’s Book list of 2011 for Into the Unknown (Candlewick)

Boston Globe / Horn Honour, 2011, for Into the Unknown (Candlewick)

Society of Authors / ALCS Educational Writer of the Year, 2011, for Moon (Oxford)

English Association best illustrated book for children, 2012, for Into the Unknown (Walker)

Society of Authors / ALCS Educational Writer of the Year, 2012, shortlist and award for Into the Unknown (Walker)

Recent positions

Chair Educational Writers Group of Society of Authors

Chair, Educational Writers Group of Society of Authors

Judge, World Book Day short story competition

Hon. President, East Kent Branch of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups

Lecturer, ICES, La Roche sur Yon, France

Sessional lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University

Chair, Canterbury Branch of the Historical Association

Vice chair, Canterbury Arts Council

Chair, HG Wells Short Story Competition

Author in Residence, Celebrate Woking

Judge, Dagenham and Barking Libraries Short Story Competition

Books by Stewart...