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One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors    Jill Murphy was born in London in 1949 and attended the Ursuline Convent in Wimbledon. From a very early age she was drawing and writing stories, and was already putting books together (literally, with a stapler) by the time she was six. she enjoyed reading boarding school stories, and together with her experience of convent school life, this provided much of the material and inspiration Miss Cackle's Academy in The Worst Witch, which she started when she was 15. Mildred Hubble is very much a self-portrait! She went on to study at Chelsea, Croydon and Camberwell Schools of Art. Jill worked in a children’s home for four years and as a nanny for a year, before becoming a freelance writer and illustrator. The Worst Witch stories have become some of the most outstandingly successful titles on the Young Puffin paperback list and have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. They were also made into a major ITV series.

Jill is also well known for her picture books, in particular the stories about the Large Family which detail the domestic chaos of an elephant family. She was commended in the 1980 Kate Greenaway Medal for Peace at Last. A Quiet Night In was shortlisted for the same medal in 1994. Five Minute's Peace won the 1987 Parents Magazine Best Books for Babies Award, as well as being shortlisted for the 1986 Children's Book Award. All in One Piece was highly commended for the 1987 Kate Greenaway Award and shortlisted for the 1987 Children's Book Award. The Last Noo-noo won the 0-5 category of the 1995 Smarties Book Prize as well as numerous other awards. In 1996 it was adapted as a play and performed at the Polka Theatre, Wimbledon, London. In 2007, Jill received an honorary fellowship from University College Falmouth. She currently lives in Cornwall with her son.


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The Worst Witch
Reader Reviewed The Worst Witch
Jill Murphy
A beautiful colour gift edition of an absolute classic and an essentialtitle for every child's bookshelf. The trials and tribulations of a disastrous new girl at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches a gloriously witchy boarding school, The Worst Witch has...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
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The Worst Witch and The Wishing Star
Reader Reviewed The Worst Witch and The Wishing Star
Jill Murphy
Mildred, notoriously the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, makes a wish on a shooting star - and to her great surprise it comes true! But it also spells trouble. Mildred's wish-come-true is a small dog but she...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2014
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The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star
The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star
Jill Murphy
The classic character Mildred Hubble, the most disaster-prone young witch at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches is back with a wonderful new adventure to celebrate 40 years since she first started at the school! It’s the beginning of a new...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2013
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The Worst Witch
The Worst Witch
Jill Murphy
The trials and tribulations of a disastrous new girl at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches a gloriously witchy boarding school, The Worst Witch has magic galore. Unfortunately for Mildred Hubble, most of it has a habit of going badly wrong....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/09/2013
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Peace at Last
Peace at Last
Jill Murphy
A new board book edition of the picture book classic, in a size that's perfect for little paws! A timeless storybook classic full of bright colourful pictures that accompany a simple, repetitive text.  Children will delight in all the wonderful sound...
Featured in: 3+ readers | Baby and Toddler | Bedtime Reading
Format: Board book - Released: 14/03/2013
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The Worst Witch to the Rescue
The Worst Witch to the Rescue
Jill Murphy
Full of witchcraft, wizardry and black magic, The World’s Worst Witch is a suitable alternative if you’re fed up of re-reading your Harry Potter. Any child who remembers their first day at school will sympathise with Mildred Hubble. Usually a...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2008
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The Worst Witch To The Rescue
The Worst Witch To The Rescue
Jill Murphy
Full of witchcraft and wizardry and black magic, The World’s Worst Witch is a suitable alternative if you’re fed up of re-reading your Harry Potter. Any child who remembers their first day at school will sympathise with Mildred Hubble. Usually...
Featured in: 7+ readers | eBooks
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/10/2007
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The Worst Witch Collection
The Worst Witch Collection
Jill Murphy
Millions of young readers have fallen under the spell of Jill Murphy's Worst Witch called Mildred Hubble.  This collection of 5 classics in one collection, beautifully contained in a sturdy slipcase is the perfect present for 5-9 year olds.  Mad-cap...
Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Trade-only Material - Released: 04/10/2007
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Peace at Last
Peace at Last
Jill Murphy
A timeless storybook classic full of bright colourful pictures that accompany a simple, repetitive text.  Children will delight in all the wonderful sound effects and Mr Bear's reaction to the noises that stop him going to sleep until...you'll find out...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2007
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The Last Noo-Noo
The Last Noo-Noo
Jill Murphy
A must for every child who loves their dummy and every parent who has ever tried to get rid of it! Marlon the monster loves his dummy or noo-noo as he calls it. However many tricks his mother and particularly...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/01/2006
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The Worst Witch Saves The Day
The Worst Witch Saves The Day
Jill Murphy
Perfect as a treat for Halloween. Long before Harry Potter arrived at Hogwarts, Mildred Hubble was a delightfully hopeless pupil at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches and Wizards in the very first Worst Witch story. Who cares that she’s the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2005
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The Worst Witch
The Worst Witch
Jill Murphy
The trials and tribulations of a disastrous new girl at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches a gloriously witchy boarding school, The Worst Witch has magic galore. Unfortunately for Mildred Hubble, most of it has a habit of going badly wrong....
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Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 25/11/2004
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Bad Spell for the Worst Witch
Bad Spell for the Worst Witch
Jill Murphy
Long before Harry Potter got to Hogwarts, Mildred Hubble had been learning similar skills at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. Unfortunately, Mildred is the very worst pupil in the school. Now back for a second year, things aren’t going any...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/1983
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