Robin Stevens interview: ‘I’m glad that books and stories exist. They are a wonderful refuge’

Author Robin Stevens grew up close to the Oxford location where Lewis Carroll set Alice in Wonderland, and that proximity to literary greatness has rubbed off on her own beguiling books for children

Robin Stevens (33) has carved out a successful career in children’s writing, selling 100,000 copies of her Murder Most Unladylike series. Picture: Chris Close

Sometimes a dream setting can inspire a whole career. When Robin Stevens was three years old, she moved with her family from California to England, where her father had been appointed the master of Pembroke College in Oxford University – a role that came with the perk of living in a house on the grounds of the hallowed university campus, close to where Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll was set.

As a child, Stevens ...