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Jamila Gavin - Author

Jamila was born in Mussoorie (Bombay), India, in the foothills of the Himalayas. Her Indian father and English mother met as teachers in Iran and by the age of eleven she had lived in an Indian palace in the Punjab, a flat in a bombed out street in Shepherd’s Bush, a bungalow in Poona, near Mumbai and a terraced house in Ealing. She settled into a little town cottage in Stroud, Gloucestershire twenty five years ago but she still loves to travel.

With an Indian father and an English mother, She inherited two rich cultures which ran side by side throughout her life, and which always made her feel she belonged to both countries. Her childhood memoir, "Out Of India" traces her life, illustrating the experiences from which she draws many of the ideas for my books.

Her family settled in England where she completed her schooling and further training as a music student at Trinity College of Music, London. After studies in Paris and Berlin she joined the BBC, first as a Studio Manager in radio, then crossed over to television as a Production Assistant and Director in Music and Arts Programmes. Later, she married Barrie Gavin and they had two children, a son, Rohan and a daughter, Indi. It was then that she began writing children's books, and felt a need to reflect the multi-cultural world in which she and her children lived.

Since her first book, "The Magic Orange Tree" was published in 1979, She has been writing steadily, producing collections of short stories, teenage novels and many books for educational schemes for the whole age range from six to sixteen. Her books have included "Grandpa Chatterji", which was short-listed for the Smarties Award and was dramatised for television on Channel 4 Schools, "Monkey in the Stars" which she then dramatised for a commission by the Polka Theatre, where it was performed in the autumn 2000 and "The Surya Trilogy" of which the first, "The Wheel of Surya", was special runner up for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award in 1992, while the others were subsequently all shortlisted for the same award.

Her novel, "Coram Boy", set in 18th century England, won the 2000 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award and her first radio play, "The God at the Gate", broadcast as Play for Today on Radio 4 in September 2001, was shortlisted for the Richard Imison Award.

Her latest novel, "The Blood Stone", was published in November 2003. Set in 17th Century India and Venice, it is about a boy who has to take a diamond to India as a ransom to free his father, who is being held hostage in Afghanistan.

If you like Jamila Gavin you might also like to read books by Malorie Blackman.

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Coram Boy
Jamila Gavin
The harsh realities of 18th century life, of slavery, of prejudice, of tragedy, of corruption, of the haves and the have-nots are woven together incredibly intricately and yet quite simply told too. Rest assured this book will have...
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Format: Paperback | Released 08/01/2015
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Blackberry Blue And Other Fairy Tales
Jamila Gavin - illustrated by Richard Collingridge
Shortlisted for the 2015 UKLA Book Awards 7-11 years Features six magical stories to thrill and enchant you. This title helps you watch Blackberry Blue rise from the bramble patch; follow Emeka the pathfinder on his mission to save a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/09/2014
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The Robber Baron's Daughter
Jamila Gavin
A superbly written haunting mystery linking two very different worlds from the Whitbread Award winning novelist Jamila Gavin. This immensely powerful novel is told from two perspectives; weaving the story of the young, privileged Nettie, with that of her tutor,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2008
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Grandpa Chatterji's Third Eye
Jamila Gavin
The wisdom of the elderly is affectionately shown in these three delightful stories about the impact a visit from Grandpa from India has on his grandchildren’s lives. Grandpa’s commitment to a simple life as represented by the tiny bundle he...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/02/2006
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Coram Boy
Jamila Gavin
The harsh realities of 18th century life, of slavery, of prejudice, of tragedy, of corruption, of the haves and the have nots are woven together incredibly intricately and yet quite simply told too. Rest assured this book will...
Lovereading Price: £6.39 - Saving £1.60 (20%) Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/05/2004
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The Wheel of Surya
Jamila Gavin
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. The dramatic first volume in the Surya Trilogy by Whitbread...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2001
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www.jamilagavin.co.uk/

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jamilagavin.wordpress.com/

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