Jamila Gavin - Author

About the 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.

 
 

Featured books by Jamila Gavin

Blackberry Blue And Other Fairy Tales

Blackberry Blue And Other Fairy Tales

9+ readers

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/09/2014

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 lost king; join Princess Desire as she gallops across the Milky Way on her jet-black horse.

Other books by Jamila Gavin

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Reflect: Oxford Level 17: Georgie and Me

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Reflect: Oxford Level 17: Georgie and Me

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2019

Have you ever wanted something so much that you wished, begged and pleaded every chance you got? That's how much Abi wants a dog - and then one day Georgie comes bounding into her life, all golden fur and tail-wags. But Abi will need Georgie more than she knows, as she and her best friend start to drift apart Reflect is a series of emotionally powerful books with realistic settings, carefully crafted to promote thoughtful discussions and develop higher-level reading comprehension. Written by top childrens authors and developed with Literacy expert and Series Editor Nikki Gamble, these are books you can trust to engage, entertain and support childrens personal development. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to stories with the right depth and complexity for them, and helping them to progress. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children deepen their understanding and support their reading comprehension. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links to relationships education and support literacy skills.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 17: The Enchanted Horse

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 17: The Enchanted Horse

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2016

Scheherazade must use her wits to save her from death. Every night for one thousand and one nights, she weaves captivating tales of genies, lamps, flying horses and sorcery, transporting the reader into magical and lavishly illustrated worlds. Will her honeyed words be enough to sweeten the mood of the angry king? TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Blackberry Blue And Other Fairy Tales

Blackberry Blue And Other Fairy Tales

9+ readers

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/09/2014

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 lost king; join Princess Desire as she gallops across the Milky Way on her jet-black horse.

The Blood Stone

The Blood Stone

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/01/2014

One diamond - a world of spies, death and deception. In Venice, the diamond promises wealth and prestige to greedy Bernardo Pagliarin. At the court of the Great Moghul in Agra, it holds the key to the throne itself. For Filippo and his family, the stone is worth far more. It could bring their father back from the dead. From the bustling markets of seventeenth-century Venice to the majestic palaces of Hindustan, acclaimed author Jamila Gavin takes the reader on an unforgettable quest across desert, sea and mountains.

Alexander the Great Man, Myth or Monster?

Alexander the Great Man, Myth or Monster?

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2012

A beautifully illustrated biography of Alexander the Great by a Whitbread Award-winner. Who was Alexander? Myth or man? God or devil? He claimed to be Zeus' son and even in his own lifetime wild legends sprang up about him. Above all, Alexander was a hero - brave, wily, handsome and inspiring. This richly illustrated biography skilfully interweaves accounts of Alexander's battle campaigns with legends from each newly conquered country. From Greece and Egypt to Persia and India, the stories of the great mythical heroes Achilles, Gilgamesh, and many others echo Alexander's own charmed life.

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2011

A compelling biography of Alexander the Great by a Whitbread Award-winner.Who was Alexander? Myth or man? God or devil? He claimed to be Zeus' son and even in his own lifetime wild legends sprang up about him. Above all, Alexander was a hero - brave, wily, handsome and inspiring. This part-illustrated biography skilfully interweaves accounts of Alexander's battle campaigns with legends from each newly conquered country. From Greece and Egypt to Persia and India, the stories of the great mythical heroes Achilles, Gilgamesh, and many others echo Alexander's own charmed life.

Three Indian Goddesses

Three Indian Goddesses

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

Enter the magical and exotic world of the Indian goddesses... Three contemporary stories inspired by Hindu tales Shanta and the Goddess Kali: Shanta is chosen to dance for the gods at the temple by the sea. It's a great honour, but Shanta is terrified - the goddess Kali has put a terrible curse on the temple... Amrita and the Goddess Lakshmi: Hanuman the Monkey God takes Amrita into the story of Diwali to see Prince Rama tricked and Princess Sita kidnapped by the terrifying Lord of the Demons. Amrita will then witness the most terrifying battle on earth... Anil and Kiki and the Goddess Durga: When their cousin Durga comes to stay, Anil and Kiki find her a bit unusual. Strangely, she seems to know what's going on in their minds. But when trouble threatens, Durga turns out to be a very useful person to know...

Tales From India

Tales From India

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2011

A collection of cherished Hindu stories, including tales of creation, the birth of the gods and the arrival of humans. Come on a journey with master storyteller Jamila Gavin as she writes of great floods, romance and epic battles between good and evil. Illuminated by Amanda Hall's delicate, colourful artwork, which reflects influences of both classical and contemporary Indian art styles, Tales from India is a sumptuous addition to the Collector's Classics series.

School for Princes Stories from the Panchatantra

School for Princes Stories from the Panchatantra

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2011

How can a king knock some sense into his silly sons so that they grow up sensible young men? A wise man tells the king that he can do the job in six weeks. Every time one of the boys says or does something rash, the sage will put him back on the straight and narrow by telling him a cautionary tale - the story of a proud hare, or perhaps an owl, or a crow... This collection of fables, known as the Panchatantra and familiar all over Asia, were first told, then written down in Sanskrit over 2,000 years ago. Jamila Gavin brings them alove for modern readers by telling the story of the wise man and the young princes as original stories framing the classic animal fables. The result is a powerful and unique vision of this classic Indian work.

Danger by Moonlight

Danger by Moonlight

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2010

Journey into the East with Whitbread Award-winning Jamila Gavin in this historical adventure for junior readers. Twelve-year-old Filippo has never known his father - the jeweller who created the priceless Ocean of the Moon diamond. But when a mysterious visitor claims the jeweller has been kidnapped, Filippo sets off on a dangerous journey into the East, encountering bandits, warlords and greedy shahs all with one aim in common: to find and claim the precious diamond. But Filippo has a secret of his own; and on this journey, he can trust no one.

The Whistling Monster: Stories from Around the World

The Whistling Monster: Stories from Around the World

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2009

All children love stories. Here, master storyteller Jamila Gavin draws them from the four corners of the globe: The Whistling Monster , a cautionary tale from Brazil; The Coming of Raven , a creation myth from Canada; The Birth of Krishna , an ancient legend from India... Full of mystery, wit and wisdom, with enduring themes of good versus evil, these ten tales have survived hundreds of years of retelling to become favourites among children all around the world.

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