Meg Rosoff, the author of How I Live Now, has won the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award with its £430,000 prize, the richest prize for children’s literature in the world. Nominees for the award come from around the world with 215 candidates this year from 59 countries.
“Each novel is a little masterpiece,” said chair of the jury Boel Westin. “She says so much in each of them. We’re looking for a writer with the humanistic values of Astrid Lindgren, and Meg Rosoff fulfils that criteria – she has respect for her protagonists and for her readers, she’s discussing how the world can change, but she also gives hope, which I think is important.”