Lara Williamson


Lara Williamson was born and studied in Northern Ireland.  After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design she moved to London and was Beauty Editor for J17 where she wrote and styled shoots, both in Britain and foreign locations.


Lara won The Jasmine Awards for Best Article in a Youth Title, and  the opening chapters of A BOY CALLED HOPE received an Honorary Mention in Undiscovered Voices 2012.  Lara lives in London with her family.


This delightful debut novel has been shortlisted for the prestigious nominated for the following book awards:

Waterstones Children’s Book Awards 2015
Leeds Book Awards 2015
Cheshire Schools’ Book Awards
James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Awards
Hillingdon Secondary Book of the Year 2015
Lancashire School Library Fantastic Book Award
Hounslow Junior Book Award 2015
Independent Booksellers Book Award
Oxfordshire Book Awards



A Boy Called Hope is a 2014 debut that you do not want to miss, whatever age you are. The writing is beautiful, honest, and enjoyable

Books and Writers JNR

This book totally blew me away. I love it. It’s the best new voice I have read in ages

Cathy Cassidy

Williamson’s writing is witty and natural, the characters completely engaging, and the story laugh out loud funny in places, heartbreaking in others, but ultimately full of hope

Isabel Popple
Children's Book Expert

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