Lynn Michell

My seventeen books cross-cross genres, a publisher’s nightmare. They include Write From the Start, a writing scheme for primary schools, Shattered:Life with ME, a book recording the experiences of thirty people with severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and the authorised biography of super-realist painter Rosa Branson, and four novels. My debut novel, White Lies, set in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising, was runner-up twice for the Robert Louis Stevenson award. This was followed by Run, Alice, Run, The Red Beach Hut and the climate conscious the water all around us. I am the director of Linen Press which I founded in Edinburgh eighteen years ago.

I have recently moved, after twelve years in southern France, to a remote croft in the Western Isles. I live in a caravan with views of sea and islands, and look after brown and black sheep.

Lynn’s books


1993 Letters To My Semi-Detached Son: A Mother’s Story. The Women’s Press.

2011 White Lies. Linen Press.

2015 Run Alice, Run. Linen Press.

2017 The Red Beach Hut. Linen Press.

2023  the water all around us. Linen Press.

Memoir and Biography

2013 Shooting Stars Are The Flying Fish Of The Night. Lynn Michell & Stefan Gregory. Linen Press

‘We crossed the Atlantic in a blue boat called Scarlet.’

2021 Rosa Branson: A Portrait. Linen press


1987-1991 Write From The Start. Oliver & Boyd. Six illustrated pupils’ books and two teachers’ books to help children become competent writers. The books break away from traditional, narrow teaching methods and redefine writing as everything from a list to a letter to a project. The purpose is to make writing a varied challenge – and fun.

1990 Growing Up in Smoke. Pluto Press. A first account of children as passive smokers.

2003 Shattered: Life With ME. HarperCollins.


1997 A Stranger At My Table: Mothering Adolescents. (Ed) The Women’s Press.

2005 Wild On Her Blue Days. (Ed). AmberSand Press. An anthology of new writing.

2023  Tabua Rasa: Poetry by Women