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Sally Nicholls - Author

I was born in Stockton-on-Tees, just after midnight, in a thunderstorm. My father died when I was two, and my brother Ian and I were brought up my mother. I always wanted to write - when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I used to say "I'm going to be a writer" - very definite.

I went to two secondary schools - a little Quaker school in North Yorkshire (where it was so cold that thick woolly jumpers were part of the school uniform) and a big comprehensive. I was very lonely at the little school, but I made friends at the comprehensive and got on all right. I didn't like being a teenager very much, though.

I now live in a little house in Oxford, writing stories, and trying to believe my luck.

Photo by Eric Luke

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Reader ReviewedBilly Button, Telegram Boy
Sally Nicholls - illustrated by Sheena Dempsey
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | July 2016 Book of the Month Meet the Buttons. Mrs Button runs a shop – the nicest thing about it, she says, is the people – Mr Button runs the post...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2016
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An Island of Our Own
Sally Nicholls
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 - 16 year old category. Shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize From the winner of the Waterstones Children's Book prize comes a new novel about family and friendship....
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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An Island of Our Own
Sally Nicholls
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 - 16 year old category. Shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Children's Book Award - Shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize From the winner of the Waterstones Children's Book...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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Shadow Girl
Sally Nicholls
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Award-winning Sally Nicholls tenderly captures the loneliness of two girls without families as they share their experiences of being outsiders. Clare's been in foster care for most of her life; she likes her foster...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2014
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Close Your Pretty Eyes
Sally Nicholls
Award- winning Sally Nicholls tells a powerful and harrowing story of Olivia, a child so damaged by her fractured childhood that she seems irrevocably programmed to destroy the good things on offer to her. When Olivia is sent to live...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/11/2013
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All Fall Down
Sally Nicholls
A brilliant evocation of the utter devastation caused by The Black Death in 1349 which combines a remarkable optimism about human nature and morality in the midst of an epidemic on an exceptional scale. Isabel's world collapses around her as...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/04/2013
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A Lily, A Rose
Sally Nicholls
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Award-winning Sally Nicholls brings medieval romance to life in this easy-to-read and vivid story about young love which shows that despite the years between then and now the feelings of young lovers...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2013
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All Fall Down
Sally Nicholls
March 2012 Book of the Month. This is an eagerly anticipated, powerful and inspiring historical novel about survival in the face of real-life horror from one of today's most exciting young writers. Sally Nicholls provides a heartbreaking account of one...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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Season of Secrets
Sally Nicholls
A haunting and unforgettable novel from the award-winning author of Ways to Live Forever. Season of Secrets weaves the tale of a heartbroken child and an age-old legend into beautiful story of love, healing and strange magic. Resonant...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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Ways To Live Forever
Sally Nicholls
Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award. Winner of Glen Dimplex Prize for New Writers 2008. Winner of Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2008. Winner of Luchs Prize (Germany) for best children's book published in Germany in the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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Season of Secrets
Sally Nicholls
A haunting and unforgettable new novel From the award-winning author of Ways to Live Forever. Season of Secrets weaves the tale of a heartbroken child and an age-old legend into beautiful story of love, healing and strange magic....
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2010
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Season of Secrets
Sally Nicholls
A haunting and unforgettable new novel From the award-winning author of Ways to Live Forever. Season of Secrets weaves the tale of a heartbroken child and an age-old legend into beautiful story of love, healing and strange magic....
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2009
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Ways To Live Forever
Sally Nicholls
Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award Sympathetic, touching, and surprisingly funny, Ways To Live Forever is a fantastic debut from Sally Nicholls. Sam loves facts. He wants to know...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2008
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Ways To Live Forever
Sally Nicholls
Sympathetic, touching, and surprisingly funny, Ways To Live Forever is a fantastic debut from Sally Nicholls. Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2008
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