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Alan Macdonald - Children's Author


Alan was born in Watford and went to university in Bangor, North Wales, where he studied English and Drama. He started working life in a travelling theatre company, visiting schools all over the country & writing much of their material. He says it was a useful apprenticeship - if the audience didn't like the play, they talked through it or threw bits of paper at the actors. He very quickly learned what children liked.

Alan later trained as a drama teacher at Nottingham University, but most of his work in connection with the theatre has been as a writer or director. Other jobs have included working as an editor and working in a day centre.

A keen football fan, Alan has supported Watford FC since childhood. Many of his stories have a football focus - which he rates as the next best thing to playing for England! He dreamed of becoming a professional footballer, but when he won a pen in a writing competition, his fate was sealed. Alan has written over eighty children's books, which have been translated into many languages and won several awards.

In 2010, Dirty Bertie: Loo! was winner of the Leicestershire Children's Book Prize. Alan also writes for TV, including the hugely popular 'Horrid Henry' on CITV.

The Dirty Bertie series by Alan Macdonald is immensely popular, particularly with boys! We recently received this from one massive fan:

"The books are amazing and very imaginative...I love your books like Pants, Mud, Fleas and Worms and will continue to read lots." Abdullah D

 

 


Featured Books, with extracts by Alan Macdonald


Dirty Bertie: Fetch!
Dirty Bertie: Fetch!
Alan Macdonald
Bertie is a delightful as he is dirty – if you like that kind of thing! He has a habit of picking his nose which is truly disgusting. This time he has a robot dog in tow and ends up...
Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/06/2010
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Oi, Cave Boy! - Iggy the Urk Book 1
Oi, Cave Boy! - Iggy the Urk Book 1
Alan Macdonald
Fans of Mr Gum, Grubtown Tales, Charlie Small and Dirty bertie or indeed the Flintstones will love this new series featuring a wonderfully adventurous cave boy called Iggy. Full of humour it will entertain on every page as you discover more...
Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/04/2010
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Dirty Bertie: Loo!
Dirty Bertie: Loo!
Alan Macdonald
Dirty Bertie is back for another helping of comic chaos! Bertie finds himself desperate to go to the loo on the school coach, up to his neck in sand and trouble on holiday, and staging a one-man protest to stop...
Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2010
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History of Warts, Honesty Wart: Witch Hunter!
History of Warts, Honesty Wart: Witch Hunter!
Alan Macdonald
A very funny new series from the creator of Trolls, it’s a brilliant mix of Horrible Histories and Blackadder. Fast-moving, side-splittingly funny, irreverent adventure stories are played out against the backdrop of great and gruesome history through one family tree,...
Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2008
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History of Warts. Sir Bigwart: Knight Of The Wonky Table
History of Warts. Sir Bigwart: Knight Of The Wonky Table
Alan Macdonald
A very funny new series from the creator of Trolls, it’s a brilliant mix of Horrible Histories and Blackadder. Fast-moving, side-splittingly funny, irreverent adventure stories are played out against the backdrop of great and gruesome history through one family tree,...
Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2008
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History of Warts: Ditherus Wart: (accidental) Gladiator
History of Warts: Ditherus Wart: (accidental) Gladiator
Alan Macdonald
A very funny new series from the creator of Trolls, it’s a brilliant mix of Horrible Histories and Blackadder.  Fast-moving, side-splittingly funny, irreverent adventure stories are played out against the backdrop of great and gruesome history through one family tree,...
Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2008
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History of Warts: Custardly Wart: Pirate (third Class)
History of Warts: Custardly Wart: Pirate (third Class)
Alan Macdonald
A very funny new series from the creator of Trolls, it’s a brilliant mix of Horrible Histories and Blackadder. Fast-moving, side-splittingly funny, irreverent adventure stories are played out against the backdrop of great and gruesome history through one family tree,...
Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2008
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Dirty Bertie: Fleas
Dirty Bertie: Fleas
Alan Macdonald
Meet Dirty Bertie - a boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits! He's full to bursting with madcap plans and crazy ideas, and if it's trouble you're after, look no further - Bertie's sure to be up to his neck in it.
Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2006
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