TTLG Author/Illustrator Profiles

Matthew Skelton

Matthew Skelton

Matthew Skelton was born in 1971 in Hampshire and moved to Canada when he was four years old. He returned to the UK to study English Literature at Oxford University where he also completed his PhD at Somerville College. Taking up a variety of jobs including lecturing in book history and dusting books in a college library, two years ago he gave up his position as research assistant on an academic edition of the 19th century historian Macaulay, to write Endymion Spring. Once completed, he sent his unsolicited manuscript to Felicity Bryan agency, where the exceptional standard and originality of his writing stood out from the other manuscripts on the slush pile. Endymion Spring has gone on to be hugely successful, being published in several languages around the world.

Matthew’s only other previously published work is a short story, The Man Who Did Not Dream, which was selected for Richard and Judy’s Winning Stories published by Chrysalis in 2003. His story was one of 25, out of 10,000 entries, chosen by Richard and Judy to appear in the anthology.