LoveReading4Kids

Becoming a member of the LoveReading4Kids community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unconditional book loving for your children with their favourites saved to their own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop plus lots lots more...

Find out more

Sarah Webb - Author

About the Author

Sarah Webb has written seven bestselling novels including, ‘When the Boys Are Away’, ‘Take a Chance’, and ‘Always the Bridesmaid’. Her books have been published in many different countries including the U.S. and Indonesia. She has also written four children’s books, has contributed short stories to many collections including ‘Moments’, and has compiled and edited two charity collections of her own, ‘Travelling Light’ and ‘Mum’s the Word’.

Sarah studied Arts in Trinity College, Dublin and worked in the book trade for many years as a Children’s Buyer. She now combines writing with working as a Children’s Book Consultant, and reviewing children’s books for the Irish Independent. She has also programmed and run many successful readers’ days, and is on the committee of Irish Pen.

She lives in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, with her partner and three children and spends as much time as possible in her parent’s second home in Castletownsend.

 

As a child
I was born in the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. I have two sisters, Kate and Emma, and we used to fight a lot when we were girls, especially when we were teenagers and they used to nick my black socks and tights – but we are great friends now! I also have a much younger brother, Richard. I used to have to babysit for him all the time, like Amy in Amy Green. Did I resent this – grrrrrr - this is me gnashing my teeth. Of course! I couldn’t read by myself until I was nine. I found this very upsetting and frustrating because I loved stories and so wanted to be able to read. I was very lucky – my parents never gave up on me and read to me day and night. Eventually the words started to make sense on the page and within weeks I was flying along, devouring books. I’ve never looked back. My favourite books as a child, and now, are Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, and Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. Just like Harriet, I’ve kept a diary all my life and they are hidden in a very secret place in my house – so my family can’t find them, because they are TOP SECRET! I started writing stories soon after I started reading – at nine or ten. They were mainly re-writes of Cinderella or Enid Blyton books. I realised quite quickly that I could be anyone or do anything on the page. So there were a lot of enchanted sofas and beds in my stories, and characters flying out of windows like Wendy in Peter Pan. Someone asked me recently ‘Why do you write?’ I think it’s mainly because it makes me so happy. When I was little I wanted to be a ballerina, but I wasn’t good enough. My second dream was to be a writer or journalist. It just goes to show, sometimes dreams really do come true.

As an adult
I went to a school called St Andrew’s College in Dublin and then I studied English and History of Art in Trinity College, Dublin. I still love art and wandering around galleries is one my favourite things to do, especially in other countries. The MOMA in New York is my favourite gallery at the moment. After college, I wanted to work in publishing, but there weren’t many jobs and I didn’t have any experience so I applied to work in a bookshop called Hodges Figgis on Dawson Street. I loved it. I went on to work in many other bookshops including Hughes and Hughes, Waterstone’s, Eason and Dubray Books. Mainly as a children’s bookseller, I’m mad about children’s books, although I did spend a year selling medical books – so I know lots of strange ‘ology’ words!

As an artist
I started writing books when I was working in Waterstone’s. I was very broke and needed some extra money to carpet my little house. So I started writing for local newspapers and then magazines. And then I came up with an idea for a children’s cookery book, Kids Can Cook. It was rejected five times before Children’s Press in Ireland said they’d like to publish it. That was my very first book. Since then I have written eight novels for adults and Amy Green for young teens. I’m currently working on my second Amy Green book. I also enjoy visiting schools, and talking about children’s books with anyone who will listen. Obsessed, moi? Certainly not!

Things you didn't know about Sarah Webb
My favourite colour is raspberry pink – the walls in my study were pink for ages but it looked liked Barbie’s Magical Kingdom so they’re white now. But my curtains are pink!
I can touch the end of my nose with my tongue.
I sang Dancing Queen by Abba to my little sister at her wedding. Then I fell off the table. We have it all on video too!
I have a special proof copy of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, dedicated to me. I met J K Rowling at a dinner and she signed it for me. How cool is that?!
I’m obsessed with husky dogs and want to go on a husky safari with my son.
My favourite food is ice cream – with whipped cream on top. Vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Yum!
I carve a mean Hallowe’en pumpkin.
I adore karaoke, even though I can’t sing.
I’m addicted to notebooks. I always have at least one in my bag, one beside my bed, and another in the kitchen. You never know when a good idea is going to strike.
I couldn’t read until I was nine and now I’m a full time writer. Just goes to show, the world’s a funny place and anything’s possible if you want it badly enough.

Featured books by Sarah Webb

Other books by Sarah Webb

Sally Go Round The Stars Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood

Sally Go Round The Stars Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood

Author: Sarah Webb, Claire Ranson Illustrator: Steve McCarthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2014

A major, beautifully-illustrated collection of favourite nursery rhymes known and loved throughout Ireland. It includes favourite international, British and Irish rhymes as well as special Irish favourites. Includes; Sally Go Round the Moon Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling Two Little Dicky Birds Are Ye Right There, Michael? Half a Pound of Tuppenny Rice Adam and Eve and Pinch Me and many, many more! 'a cracker' Late Late Toy Show

The First World War with Imperial War Museums

The First World War with Imperial War Museums

Author: Sarah Webb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/04/2014

Bring the First World War to life with a fresh interpretation of the War, combining the expertise of IWM and Hodder Education in both the First World War and educational publishing. This Student's Book and accompanying Dynamic Learning resource provide a discrete unit of study. Together, they present new stories, sources and teaching tools which allow learners to explore the conflict and the experiences of those involved in the fighting and on the home front. - Follow the lives of individuals and focus on artefacts from IWM's collections - Enable learners to investigate the War through a range of rich IWM resources including photos, letters and other evidence, and learn why the First World War shaped the lives of British people more than any other - Ideal for GCSE lessons, too

Ask Amy Green: Wedding Belles

Ask Amy Green: Wedding Belles

Author: Sarah Webb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2013

From boy troubles to wardrobe dilemmas, first dates to embarrassing parentals - agony-aunts extraordinaire Amy and Clover are back in their sixth novel, solving problems for pre-teens everywhere! Wedding fever! Amy's mum is preparing to tie the knot with Dave - but while everyone's been caught up in confetti and cake, the groom has gone AWOL. Meanwhile, Amy's boyfriend, Seth, isn't speaking to her, her best friend, Mills, is having yet more boy trouble and Aunt Clover has a huge secret... Can Amy's life get any more complicated?

Ask Amy Green: Wedding Belles

Ask Amy Green: Wedding Belles

Author: Sarah Webb Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 15/08/2013

From boy troubles to wardrobe dilemmas, first dates to embarrassing parentals - agony-aunt extraordinaires Amy and Clover are back in their sixth novel, solving problems for pre-teens everywhere!Wedding fever! Amy's mum is preparing to tie the knot with Dave - but while everyone's been caught up in confetti and cake, the groom has gone AWOL. Meanwhile, Amy's boyfriend, Seth, isn't speaking to her, her best friend, Mills, is having yet more boy trouble and Aunt Clover has a huge secret... Can Amy's life get any more complicated?

Sally Go Round The Stars Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood

Sally Go Round The Stars Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood

Author: Sarah Webb, Claire Ranson Illustrator: Steve McCarthy Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2011

A major, beautifully-illustrated collection of favourite nursery rhymes known and loved throughout Ireland. It includes favourite international, British and Irish rhymes as well as special Irish favourites. Includes; Sally Go Round the Moon Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling Two Little Dicky Birds Are Ye Right There, Michael? Half a Pound of Tuppenny Rice Adam and Eve and Pinch Me and many, many more! 'a cracker' Late Late Toy Show

Ask Amy Green: Love and Other Drama-Ramas

Ask Amy Green: Love and Other Drama-Ramas

Author: Sarah Webb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

From boy troubles to wardrobe dilemmas, first dates to embarrassing parentals - Amy Green is back in her fourth book, solving problems for pre-teens everywhere! Love is in the air! Everyone in Amy's life is loved-up: her mum's getting remarried, her crazy aunt Clover's dating a hot singer and her best friend Mills has fallen Big Time for the swoon-tastic Bailey. But drama-rama - Bailey is cheating on Mills! How can a boy go from Love God to Love Rat in just a few days? Amy is determined to investigate ... and uncovers more than she bargained for. Can Problem-Solving Queen Amy help Bailey and mend Mills's achy-breaky heart?

Ask Amy Green: Love and Other Drama-Ramas

Ask Amy Green: Love and Other Drama-Ramas

Author: Sarah Webb Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 18/08/2011

From boy troubles to wardrobe dilemmas, first dates to embarrassing parentals - Amy Green is back in her fourth book, solving problems for pre-teens everywhere!Love is in the air! Everyone in Amy's life is loved-up: her mum's getting remarried, her crazy aunt Clover's dating a hot singer and her best friend Mills has fallen Big Time for the swoon-tastic Bailey. But drama-rama - Bailey is cheating on Mills! How can a boy go from Love God to Love Rat in just a few days? Amy is determined to investigate ... and uncovers more than she bargained for. Can Problem-Solving Queen Amy help Bailey and mend Mills's achy-breaky heart?

Ask Amy Green

Ask Amy Green

Author: Sarah Webb Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2011

LoveReading
LoveWriting
LoveReading4Schools
CHECK OUT OUR INDIE AND SELF PUBLISHED BOOK REVIEW AND PROMOTION SERVICE    Read More
×