Sally Nicholls - Author

About the 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've always loved reading, and I spent most of my childhood trying to make real life as much like a book as possible. My friends and I had a secret club like the Secret Seven, and when I was nine I got most of my hair cut off because I wanted to look like George in the Famous Five. I was a real tomboy - I liked riding my bike, climbing trees and building dens in our garden. And I liked making up stories. I used to wander round my school playground at break, making up stories in my head.


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.

After school, I got to be an adult, which was fantastic. I went and worked in a Red Cross Hospital in Japan and then travelled around Australia and New Zealand. I jumped off bridges and tall buildings, climbed Mount Doom, wore a kimono and went to see a ballet in the Sydney Opera House. Then I came back and did a degree in Philosophy and Literature at Warwick. In my third year, realising with some panic that I was now supposed to earn a living, I enrolled in a masters in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa. It was here that I wrote Ways to Live Forever. I also won the prize for the writer with most potential, through which I got my agent. Four months later, I had a publisher.

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

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Featured books by Sally Nicholls

Close Your Pretty Eyes

Close Your Pretty Eyes

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Author: Sally Nicholls Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2013

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 in her sixteenth home the chance of a new life opens up before her. Can she take it or, will she destroy it just as she has all the others? Sally Nicholls writes a powerful story capturing how a child can learn to trust – and love – again.

Other books by Sally Nicholls

The Secret in Time

The Secret in Time

Author: Sally Nicholls Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

Having survived their first time-slip adventure (A Chase in Time), Alex and his sister, Ruby, have tumbled back through the mirror into the freezing-cold winter of 1947. Food is scarce in the aftermath of the Second World War and life at Applecott House is hard. The children decide to solve the mystery of a missing family heirloom, little expecting to find themselves trekking across the snow and having an adventure involving a frozen waterfall...

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