About Jacqueline Wilson

Dame Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath, England in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames, a suburb of London. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named after her!) before turning to writing novels full-time.

Now she is known throughout Britain as the most popular writer for girls aged 7-15. She has sold over 35 million copies of her books in the UK alone.  She was appointed as the Children’s Laureate from 2005-7 (a prestigious UK award which celebrates outstanding achievement in children’s books) and received an OBE from the Queen in 2002 for services to literacy in schools.   In 2008 she was further awarded a DBE in the Queen’s New Year Honour’s List, making her Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

Her books contain universal themes popular with children all over the world.  Family life, friendship and bullying are regularly featured and her characters often find themselves in difficult circumstances.  Her books have been praised for their unique blend of realism and humor, and she is loved by children and parents alike for her non-patronising approach to writing for children.

Praise for Jacqueline Wilson

“She’s so good it’s exhilarating” – The Guardian (London)

“Jacqueline Wilson does so much to make reading relevant, fun and addictive” – Readplus.co.uk

“A brilliant writer of wit and subtlety whose stories are never patronising and are often complex and many-layered” – The Times ( London)

 “The entertainment of teenage girls is big business in the U.S. right now, and there should be room for Jacqueline Wilson, with her cheerful integrity and lack of sentimentality.” –  Slate.com

“She should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance” – Independent on Sunday (London)