My Story

I was born in London, England, and grew up in Berkshire, London and Kent.

I remember how excited I was when I learnt to read and how it opened up so many new worlds. I used to love to get lost in a book and I still do. I also loved drawing and reading about history, which I think is as good as time travelling. My father worked in publishing and used to bring home blank books called dummy books. I used to think of all the stories I could fill them with, although usually I just drew pictures in them. After school I studied illustration because I knew I wanted to be part of making books. I think books are magical objects that can take you to so many amazing places, and I love being part of them.

I have two grown-up daughters and live in the West Country, which has a mysterious atmosphere that I think creeps into everything I write. 

Me in 1952

Me in 1952

This is my Mum, Dad and me (in a bag)

This is my Mum, Dad and me (in a bag)

This is me on my first day at school

This is me on my first day at school

 
Here is my little brother Jason, my Mum and me (on my tricycle)

Here is my little brother Jason, my Mum and me (on my tricycle)