Author details

Lisa Ballantyne


Lisa Ballantyne was born in Armadale, West Lothian and studied English Literature at University of St Andrews.

She lived and worked in China for many years and started writing seriously while she was there. Before being published, Lisa was short-listed for the Dundee International Book Prize.

Her first novel, The Guilty One was translated into over 25 languages, long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and short-listed for an Edgar Allan Poe Award. The Guilty One was also the Autumn 2012 Richard and Judy Book-club Winner. Redemption Road is her new novel. She lives in Glasgow.

About writer's work

Lisa writes character driven fiction often with a psychological element. She is interested in parents and children, choice and the impact of the past on the present.

Lisa’s new novel, Redemption Road was published in July 2015 in the UK. She is working on her third novel.

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Although she writes fiction for adults, Lisa has worked with a range of age groups. She is available for readings, creative writing workshops, as well as workshops aimed at encouraging reading and literacy. She has led poetry workshops with children, and literacy workshops in two Scottish prisons and participatory arts sessions aimed at improving mental health. Lisa is currently working on her third novel.

Other work

Lisa is grateful to Creative Scotland and Scottish Book Trust for being awarded one of the prestigious Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowships in 2014. She completed her second novel, Redemption Road, while on the residency in France.

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Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Other1, Outer Hebrides, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

9-12, Teens, Adults

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Books written

Redemption Road

Author(s): Lisa Ballantyne
The crash is the unravelling of Margaret. Trapped in a burning car about to explode she is saved by a scarred stranger.

The Guilty One

Author(s): Lisa Ballantyne
A criminal solicitor defends a young boy charged with murder and is reminded of his own violent childhood in foster care and his relationship with his adoptive mother who he refuses to forgive.