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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.

Photo credit Barrington Stoke website

Featured books by Sally Nicholls

Close Your Pretty Eyes

Close Your Pretty Eyes

11+ readers 13+ readers

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.

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Other books by Sally Nicholls

Season of Secrets

Season of Secrets

Author: Sally Nicholls Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2022

On a wild and stormy night Molly runs away from her grandparents' house. Her dad has sent her to live there until he Sorts Things Out at home now her mother has passed away. In the howling darkness, Molly sees a desperate figure running for his life from a terrifying midnight hunt. But who is he? Why has he come? And can he heal her heartbreak? A haunting tale of myth, magic and healing after grief.

Who Makes a Forest?

Who Makes a Forest?

Author: Sally Nicholls Illustrator: Carolina Rabei Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2021

Find out how a forest is made in this beautiful picture book written by Waterstones award-winning Sally Nicholls and illustrated by rising star Carolina Rabei. Who makes a forest? A wizard, a giant, an emperor? Come on a walk with Grandpa to discover how a forest is made, and see how a thousand tiny things can come together to change the face of the earth... Poetically written by award-winning Sally Nicholls and beautifully illustrated by Carolina Rabei, this gorgeous book features a non-fiction section about the different types of forests around the world, their importance to our ecosystem and the impact of deforestation on our planet.

A Secret in Time

A Secret in Time

Author: Sally Nicholls Illustrator: Rachael Dean Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2021

Alex and Ruby are back in their FOURTH time-slip adventure, tumbling back into 1947! From multi-award-winning author Sally Nicholls comes another brilliant action-packed adventure for 7+ readers, beautifully illustrated by Rachael Dean. When siblings Alex and Ruby tumble back through the mirror, they find themselves in the freezing-cold winter of 1947. Food is scarce in the aftermath of the Second World War and life at Applecott House is hard. As Alex and Ruby discover they must solve the mystery of a missing family heirloom to ever have hopes of returning home, their adventure takes them trekking across the snow and treacherous ice on a perilous treasure hunt. Will they make it home and back to the present day or will they be stuck in 1947? Full of action and humour and featuring exciting black-and-white illustrations throughout, this is another superb time-slip story which brilliantly brings history to life as part of an adventure. 'A clever vehicle for introducing the differences between then and now in an accessible way, with a fast-paced plot and a lovely spooky ending' - The Times on A Chase in Time Have you read Alex and Ruby's other adventures: A Chase in Time, A Christmas in Time, An Escape in Time? Cover illustration by Isabelle Follath.

An Escape in Time

An Escape in Time

Author: Sally Nicholls Illustrator: Rachael Saunders Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2021

Alex and Ruby are back in their THIRD time-slip adventure, tumbling back into the time of the French Revolution! From multi-award-winning author Sally Nicholls comes another brilliant action-packed adventure for 7+ readers, beautifully illustrated by Rachael Dean. When Alex and Ruby fall through the mirror in their aunt's house, they find themselves in a different historical period, each time with a different task to perform before they can return to the present. From Edwardian crime capers to Victorian Christmasses, their time-slip stories are always exciting and beautifully told. When a furious French aristocrat lands in Alex and Ruby's hallway, they have to hide her in Regency England. Can they stop her causing chaos? Probably not... Full of action and humour and featuring exciting black-and-white illustrations throughout, this is another superb time-slip story which brilliantly brings history to life as part of an adventure. 'A clever vehicle for introducing the differences between then and now in an accessible way, with a fast-paced plot and a lovely spooky ending' - The Times on A Chase in Time Have you read Alex and Ruby's other adventures: A Chase in Time, A Christmas in Time and A Secret in Time? Cover illustration by Isabelle Follath.

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