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Lauren St. John - Author

About the Author

Lauren St John grew up surrounded by horses and wild animals on a farm and game reserve in Zimbabwe, the inspiration for her memoir, Rainbow’s End. After studying journalism, she relocated to the UK, where she spent nearly a decade on the European and PGA Tours as golf correspondent to the Sunday Times. She also wrote the acclaimed music biography Hardcore Troubadour: The Life & Near Death of Steve Earle. She is the author of the multi-award- winning The White Giraffe series for children, as well as the Laura Marlin mysteries, the first of which, Dead Man’s Cove, won the 2011 Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. Her bestselling One Dollar Horse series was followed by YA horse romance, The Glory, now optioned for film.

My Favourite Children’s Books by Lauren St John

For Love of a Horse by Patricia Leitch. Without doubt this is the book that inspired me most as a child. At the time I was living on a farm in Zimbabwe in Southern Africa and had a black horse called Morning Star and it seemed to me that the way I felt about him and Jinny Manders felt about the chestnut Arab mare she rescued from a circus in For Love of a Horse was identical. This series is just brilliant in every way. I’ve read each book at least five times and would happily do so again.

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotsen. To me, Eva Ibbotsen is a genius. You can pick up any of her books – The Dragonfly Pool and One Boy and His Dog are also fantastic – and be guaranteed a good read. A warm, joyous book to be enjoyed by any generation.

Five Run Away Together by Enid Blyton. I think I read my first Famous Five novel when I was six and I was hooked from that moment on. Sure there are bits of that have dated and Enid Blyton is not the world’s greatest prose stylist. But decades on, the appeal of the Famous Five is as strong as ever. Impossible to resist.

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. The ultimate wish fulfillment fantasy, later made into an award-winning film. I’ve read this book more times than I can count and it never loses it’s magic. The film is great too.

Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell. I read this book as a set book at school in Zimbabwe and it had a big impact on me. Gavin Maxwell’s beautifully written book about his life with otters on Scotland’s remote west coast has been called a ‘masterpiece’ and ‘one of the outstanding wildlife books of all time.’ Anyone who loves animals and nature would enjoy this special book. Ring of Bright Water was later made into an outstanding film starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers.

The Tiger who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr. I fell in love with the smiley, chubby tiger in Judith Kerr’s classic picturebook during one hot Zimbabwe summer when I had to read it four or five times a day to my niece. If it had been up to her I’d have read it even more frequently. Each time I got to the end, she pleaded for us to begin again. Pure genius.

Featured books by Lauren St. John

Operation Rhino

Operation Rhino

9+ readers

Author: Lauren St. John Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2016

When Sawubona's white rhinos are attacked, the poachers leave behind an orphaned calf. Devastated but determined to help, Martine and Ben agree to take the rhino baby to a sanctuary near the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. But the sanctuary is hiding a precious secret - one that must be guarded from the poachers at all costs. When the secret gets out, Martine and Ben find themselves in the fight of their lives to save one of the rarest animals on earth. But who can they trust?

Other books by Lauren St. John

Kat Wolfe Investigates

Kat Wolfe Investigates

Author: Lauren St. John Format: eBook Release Date: 17/05/2018

Kat Wolfe loves her new home in idyllic Bluebell Bay, especially as it comes with a resident wildcat. But when she starts pet-sitting for pocket money, she finds that beneath the town's perfect surface lie some dark and dangerous secrets...After a pet owner vanishes from his clifftop mansion, Kat turns to her new friend, Harper Lamb, for help. What began as mystery-solving holiday fun quickly turns deadly for Wolfe and Lamb. Can they count on their unruly animals to save their lives?Kat Wolfe Investigates is the first in a compelling middle-grade mystery series from bestselling author Lauren St John.

The Snow Angel

The Snow Angel

Author: Lauren St. John Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/10/2017

Lauren St John's stunning Christmas classic is about forgotten children, the power of nature to heal us and a girl who will climb mountains in search for a place to call home. Nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal. Growing up in vibrant, crowded Nairobi, Makena has only one dream: to climb Mount Kenya like her hero, her mountain guide father. But when her beautiful world is shattered, she finds that in the city's dark places there are a thousand ways to fall, each more deadly than any crevasse. In a world of strangers, does she dare trust Snow, whose ballet dreams are haunted by a past she's still running from? And is the sparkling fox friend or foe? After a fresh start in the Scottish Highlands turns bad, Makena flees to the mountains. But will they betray her or be the making of her?

Laura Marlin Mysteries: The Secret of Supernatural Creek Book 5

Laura Marlin Mysteries: The Secret of Supernatural Creek Book 5

Author: Lauren St. John Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/2017

Eleven-year-old ace detective Laura Marlin is back for her next exciting adventure in the fifth mystery from award-winning author Lauren St John. After helping to capture Mr A, the notorious leader of the Straight A gang, Laura Marlin is looking forward to taking a break from mysteries and relaxing on her school trip to Australia. But then Mr A escapes from prison and suspicious accidents start happening around Laura. Laura is sure that Mr A is out to get revenge on her. But will she be able to convince her friends that the danger is real before one of the accidents becomes deadly?

One Dollar Horse

One Dollar Horse

Author: Lauren St. John Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2014

Casey Blue lebt in einem der schabigsten Wohnblocks von London. Sie hilft als Pferdepflegerin in einer kleinen Reitschule aus. Aber sie hat einen Traum: das weltgrote Turnier im Vielseitigkeitsreiten zu gewinnen. Als Casey ein fast verhungertes, halbwildes edles Pferd rettet, verspricht das Unwahrscheinliche wahr zu werden. Und Casey wird alles dazu tun! Aber sie hat nicht damit gerechnet, welche Folgen die Straftat ihres geliebten Vaters fur sie haben kann. Und auch nicht damit, dem dunklen, schmelzenden Blick eines Jungen zu begegnen. Sie muss sich doch auf ihre Karriere konzentrieren! Ein atemberaubender Roman, der das Zeug zu einem Pferdebuch-Klassiker hat.

Dolphin Song

Dolphin Song

Author: Lauren St. John Format: eBook Release Date: 27/05/2008

Just as Martine is settling into life on the wildlife game reserve, she is whisked away on a school trip. She must leave her white giraffe, Jemmy, for two weeks! Her class is going on an ocean voyage to witness the Sardine Run, a spectacular natural phenomenon, off the coast of South Africa. What begins as an exciting adventure quickly turns perilous when a storm blows up and Martine and her classmates are thrown overboard into shark-infested waters. They are saved by a pod of dolphins, only to end up marooned on a deserted island. The castaways, at odds with one another, must figure out not only how to survive, but how to help the dolphins when a terrible danger threatens them. In a gripping tale of courage, friendship, and survival, Martine must use her healing gift and her wilderness training to save both humans and animals alike.

White Giraffe

White Giraffe

Author: Lauren St. John Format: eBook Release Date: 08/05/2007

Martines parents are killed in a fire, and she must leave her home in England to live on a wildlife reserve in Africa with a grandmother she never even knew she had. As soon as Martine arrives at the reserve, she hears whisperings of a mythical animal living therea white giraffe. No one has ever seen the animal, but it leaves footprints behind. Her grandmother insists that the white giraffe is just a legend, but then, one stormy night, Martine looks out her bedroom window straight into the eyes of the tall and silvery animal. The white giraffe is real! But why is everyone keeping the giraffes existence a secret? To find out, Martine will use all of her courage and smarts, and an emerging gift for healing, in a daring adventure to save her new friend.

Shark

Shark

Author: Lauren St. John Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2007

Greg Norman is golf's most complex and controversial celebrity and perhaps its most gifted and charismatic player. He reigned as the world's number-one-ranked golfer for most of a decade and began 1998 as the PGA Tour's career-earnings leader with almost $12 million. As ruthless in the boardroom as he is on the golf course, the Shark turned a $2 million stake in Cobra Golf into a payoff of more than $40 million. Three parts Crocodile Dundee, two parts Jack Nicklaus, and one part Don Quixote, the jet-setting Shark is larger than life. Yet Norman is also the sport's most notorious victim of cruel calamity and inexplicable defeats. This riveting biography by acclaimed journalist Lauren St. John examines Norman's conquests as well as his failures and his relationships with his father, his agents, and fellow golfers. Shark: The Biography of Greg Norman is the first ever published to include original and extensive comments from Norman himself. The author's unparalleled access to Norman's peers, family, and friends rounds out this fascinating account of one of golf's all-time great enigmas.

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