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Kirsty Applebaum Story Writer

Winner of the United Agents prize for Most Promising Writing for Young People 2016


Welcome to my website! My name is Kirsty Applebaum. I’m the author of The Middler and winner of the United Agents Prize for Most Promising Writing for Young People 2016.

You can scroll down to find information about me, my writing and my latest news & events - and if you scroll far enough there's an embarrassing photo of me on a kangaroo.

About The Middler

I was special. I was a hero. I lost the best friend I ever had.

Eleven-year-old Maggie lives in Fennis Wick, enclosed and protected from the outside world by a boundary, beyond which the Quiet War rages and the dirty, dangerous wanderers roam.

Her brother Jed is an eldest, revered and special. A hero. Her younger brother is Trig – everyone loves Trig. But Maggie’s just a middler; invisible and left behind. Then, one hot September day, she meets Una, a hungry wanderer girl in need of help, and everything Maggie has ever known gets turned on its head.

“I thought I’d almost reached my fill of dystopian novels, but Kirsty Applebaum has rebooted the genre.”

Alex O'Connell, The Times Children's Book Of The Week
Kirsty Applebaum portrait
Photo: Donna Slater

About Me

I was born in Essex and grew up in Hampshire. I’ve had a wide variety of jobs including bookselling, railway re-signalling, picking stones off conveyor belts and teaching Pilates. I now live with my husband on top of a hill in Winchester, not far from the butterfly fields that influenced the setting of The Middler

Latest From Kirsty

  • June 2019 - In The Reading Corner

    Listen to me being interviewed by Just Imagine's Nikki Gamble here:

  • April 2019 - Audiobook narrated by Adjoa Andoh

    The Middler is now available as an audiobook, narrated by the brilliant Adjoa Andoh. You can listen to a free sample.

Kirsty On The Web

Blog pieces



Booking an event

To make a booking or find out more information please contact Authors Aloud.

Upcoming events


School Visits

I'd love to come and visit your school. I offer talks, workshops and Skype visits. To make a booking or find more information please contact Authors Aloud.

Teaching Resources

The Middler is ideal for teaching to children aged 9+. It is particularly suited to developing literacy and writing skills, and stimulating PHSE discussion around themes of self-doubt, belonging, lies and loyalty.

Download a teaching resource pack for KS2 with extracts and lesson plans here:


Kirsty Applebaum portrait
Me when I was a bit closer in age to Maggie in The Middler

I can be contacted here: or on Twitter: @KirstyApplebaum.

My publisher, Nosy Crow, can be contacted here:

Nosy Crow
The Crow’s Nest
14 Baden Place
Crosby Row

Telephone: +44 (0)207 089 7575

My agent, Nancy Miles, can be contacted here:

Miles Stott Children's Literary Agency Ltd
East Hook Farm
Lower Quay Road