Dr Lucy Andrew

Programme Leader, BA English (Single Honours), University Centre Shrewsbury.


BA, MLitt, PhD.


I completed my BA and PhD at Cardiff University and my MLitt at Newcastle University. My PhD focused on boy detectives in early British children’s literature. I taught modules on crime fiction, children’s literature and young adult fiction at Cardiff University before joining the University of Chester in 2017 as a Lecturer in English Literature, based at University Centre Shrewsbury.


Modules that I currently teach on and/or convene include:

  • EN4401 Introduction to English Literature
  • EN4402 Ways of Reading
  • EN5407 Children’s Literature: Genres, Forms, Functions


My main areas of research are in children’s and young adult literature, crime fiction and popular culture from the nineteenth century to the present day. My research into these areas extends to comics and graphic novels, film and television and fandom. I have a particular interest in children’s and young adult crime fiction and my forthcoming monograph with Palgrave Macmillan focuses on the representation of the boy detective in early British children’s literature.

I am co-organiser of the Short Story Network with Dr Victoria Margree (University of Brighton) and I am currently working on an edited collection on sidekicks in crime fiction with Sam Saunders (Liverpool John Moores University). My forthcoming publications also include research on Harry Potter and my next major research project will focus on representations of killer teens in contemporary adolescent narratives.

Published work


Lucy Andrew, The Boy Detective in Early British Children’s Literature: Patrolling the Borders between Boyhood and Manhood (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Forthcoming in Palgrave’s Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature series.

Journal Article:

Lucy Andrew, ‘“Away with dark shadders!” Juvenile Detection Versus Juvenile Crime in The Boy Detective; or, The Crimes of London. A Romance of Modern Times’, Clues: A Journal of Detection, 30.1 (Spring 2012), 18-29.

Edited Collection:

Lucy Andrew and Catherine Phelps (eds), Crime Fiction in the City: Capital Crimes (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2013).

Book Chapters:

Lucy Andrew, ‘“Exspecta Inexspectata”: The Rise of the Supernatural in Hybrid Detective Series for Young Readers’, in Jean Anderson, Carolina Miranda and Barbara Pezzotti (eds), Serial Crime Fiction: Dying for More (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 219-230.

Lucy Andrew, ‘Veronica Mars: Neptune, Nostalgia and New Media’, in Rachel Franks and Alistair Rolls (eds), Crime Uncovered: Private Investigator (Bristol: Intellect Publishing, 2016), pp. 58-67.

Lucy Andrew, ‘Dark Marks, Curse Scars and Corporal Punishment: Crime and the Function of Bodily Marks in the Harry Potter Series’, in Katharine Cox and Kate Watson (eds), Tattoos in Crime and Detective Narratives (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018).

Encyclopaedia Entries:

Lucy Andrew, ‘Enid Blyton’, ‘John William Bobin’, ‘Edwy Searles Brooks’, ‘Anthony Horowitz’, ‘Justin Richards’ and ‘Malcolm Rose’, in Esme Miskimmin (ed.), 100 British Crime Writers (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).

Conference Proceedings:

Lucy Andrew, ‘A Band of Light amongst the Shadows: The Boy Detective and the “Penny-Dreadful” Controversy of the 1860s’, in Conflicts and Controversies: Challenging Children’s Literature (Shenstone: Pied Piper Publishing, 2011), pp. 74-83.

Lucy Andrew, ‘Riddles in the Dark: The Role of Poetry in Children’s Fantasy Novels from Alice to Harry Potter’, It Doesn’t have to Rhyme: Children and Poetry (Shenstone: Pied Piper Publishing, 2012).

Lucy Andrew, ‘The Good, the Bad and the Malfoys: The Role of Free Will in the Creation of the Criminal Child in the Harry Potter Series’, in L. Ciolfi and G. O’Brien (eds), Magic is Might 2012: Proceedings of the International Conference (Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University, 2013), pp. 59-66.

Book Reviews:

Lucy Andrew, ‘Roald Dahl: New Casebooks’, in Bridget Carrington and Pat Pinsent (eds), The Final Chapters: Concluding Papers of ‘The Journal of Children’s Literature Studies’ (Trowbridge: Wizard’s Tower Press, 2013).

Lucy Andrew, ‘Dick Grayson, Boy Wonder. Scholars and Creators on 75 Years of Robin, Nightwing and Batman’, Journal of Popular Culture, 49.4 (August 2016), 938-41.