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Abi Elphinstone

Abi Elphinstone grew up in Scotland where she spent most of her childhood building dens, hiding in tree houses, and running wild across highland glens. After being coaxed out of her treehouse, she studied English at Bristol University and then worked as a teacher in Africa, Berkshire, and London. She is the author of the […]

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Andy Cope, Gavin Oattes & Will Hussey

From the multi-layered cupcake consisting of Andy Cope (Doctor of Happiness), Gavin Oattes (stand-up comedian), Will Hussey (an actual real teacher) and Amy Bradley (best illustrator evs) – this is your recipe book for having your cake and scoffing it. Diary of a Brilliant Kid works up your appetite to enjoy and savour every last […]

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Chris Callaghan

Chris* hasn’t always been an author but has always written stories. Real life has often got in his way. Even when he was an aircraft engineer in the Royal Air Force, he was still scribbling stories. He once had a back-seat trip in a jet fighter, which was very cool (but don’t tell anyone that […]

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Claire Barker

Claire Barker grew up within earshot of the sea, has lived on narrowboats, in busy cities and on a wild little farm in Devon. She was once employed to brush Persian cats’ fur in a spooky hilltop mansion. These days she’s to be found writing magical stories in an iron wagon in the middle of […]

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Claire Fayers

Claire Fayers grew up in South Wales, studied English and Comparative Literature at the University of Kent in Canterbury, and is now back in Wales where she spends a lot of her free time tramping around castles in the rain, looking for dragons. She has worked as a church caretaker, a shoe shop assistant, in […]

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Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell has sold over 11 million books worldwide in 38 languages and is best known for her How to Train Your Dragon series of books. She has also written: The Wizards of Once series and the Emily Brown picture books. How to Train Your Dragon is also a hugely successful DreamWorks film series. Cressida […]

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CS Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis wrote many books for adults along the theme of Christianity before finding fame with his series of children’s books entitled the Chronicles of Narnia. Reading was always important growing up and in fact C.S. Lewis could read by the age of 3 and was writing stories by the age of 5! It […]

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David Baddiel

David Baddiel is a comedian, an author, screenwriter and television presenter whose first children’s novel, The Parent Agency, won the LOLLIE award for ‘best laugh out loud book for 9-13 year olds’. It is currently being adapted as a film.  David has also published four other children’s novels that are beautifully llustarted by Steven Lenton:  […]

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David Walliams

David Walliams is a prolific and much loved children’s author who has been described as ‘the natural heir to Roald Dahl’. Best-known for his novels Mr Stink, Billionaire Boy, Fing, The World’s Worst Teachers Walliams’ books are hilariously funny and beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake and Tony Ross. His 2014 book, The Boy in The […]

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Emma Barnes

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Emma has always loved books. Being a bookworm as a child, she used to make up adventure stories to entertain her younger sister whilst they walked the family dog. She eventually began to write these stories down. Many of Emma’s jobs involved writing but she was always writing in her […]

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Enid Blyton

As a young child, Enid Blyton always loved reading and writing and would lock herself away in her room just to write. She faced much rejection of her work early on, apart from one poem which was published in a magazine when she was aged 14. It wasn’t until the early 1920’s that Enid began […]

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Jacqueline Wilson

Jaqueline Wilson always wanted to be a writer and as a child would fill exercise books with her writing. Before writing full time, Jaqueline worked for a magazine publishing company and was a journalist. She introduced her most famous character in 1991 with The Story of Tracey Beaker. It was so popular, a CBBC series […]

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Jennifer Killick

I have always loved reading and writing. Growing up, I kept a tower of books under my pillow for sneak-reading after lights out, and it became quite clear from a young age that putting words together in ways that made other people want to read them was basically the only thing I was any good […]

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JK Rowling

Joanne Rowling always loved books as a child.  She wrote stories as a young child and had written her first novel at the age of eleven. She continued this love of reading and read so widely that at university she amassed a £50 fine for overdue books! The idea for Harry Potter came whilst waiting […]

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Julie Pike

Julie* grew up on a council estate, nestled between the forests and foothills of the Welsh Valleys. She is passionate about adventure stories and volunteers in local schools and libraries, helping young readers find stories that excite them. She is passionate about real-life adventures too, and has crawled inside the pyramids of Egypt, crested Kilimanjaro […]

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Kate Wiseman

Kate* grew up in Oxford and was a late developer. She began writing when her son went to university, to stop herself trailing around pathetically and missing him. The idea for Blaggard’s School for Tomorrow’s Tyrants, also known as Gangster School, originated with her son, who used to tell people that when he grew up […]

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Matt Haig

Matt Haig has written many acclaimed books for children, but first began writing adult fiction. Translated into over 40 different languages, A Boy Called Christmas was an instant success and is even being made into a film. His heart warming and charming children’s books have won many awards including, the Smarties Gold Medal and the […]

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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl wrote many books for adults before finding fame with his children’s stories. Written for his own children, James and the Giant Peach was a brilliant success and was turned into a film in 1996. Many of Roald dahl’s stories featured gruesome experiences and the villains were often adults, which made his writing different […]

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Ruth Morgan

Ruth Morgan was born in Carmarthen and grew up in Llandovery. She has written fiction, poetry and plays for children of all ages and scripts for animation and radio. She lives in Penarth, south Wales, in a family of enthusiastic gamers who also love real life adventures. Ruth is also an Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator […]

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Sophie Anderson

Sophie Anderson grew up with stories in her blood, from her mother, who is a writer, to her Prussian grandmother, whose own storytelling inspired The House with Chicken Legs. Born in Swansea but now living in the Lake District with her family, Sophie loves walking, canoeing and daydreaming. Her dream is to create stories that help […]

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Steve Cole

Steve Cole* was chosen by Ian Fleming Publications to succeed Charlie Higson as the writer for Young Bond, a series that follows the explosive adventures of the teenage James Bond. His other bestselling titles include Z. Rex, Thieves Like Us, Doctor Who and Astrosaurs. In other careers, Steve has worked as an editor of books and magazines […]

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