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Jacqueline Wilson

Friday, 12 October 2001

Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first "novel" when she was nine, filling countless Woolworths' exercise books as she grew up. She started work at a publishers and then went on to work as a journalist for D.C. Thomson in Scotland after she had an article published in JACKIE magazine. Since having her daughter, Emma she has been writing full time.

Jacqueline's biggest passion and/or worst vice is buying books. She has over 15,000 books crammed into every corner of her small house - and they've started to creep across the carpets. Her favourite holiday place is Hay-On-Wye, which has about twenty secondhand bookshops.

Jacqueline has written a number of books for Transworld including Glubbslyme, The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Suitcase Kid, The Mum Minder, The Bed and Breakfast Star, Cliffhanger, Double Act, Bad Girls, The Lottie Project, The Illustrated Mum and a trilogy for slightly older readers comprising Girls in Love, Girls Under Pressure and Girls Out Late. Her most recent book is Vicky Angel. She has also written a series of crime novels and several plays which have been broadcast on Radio 4.

Jacqueline has been on countless shortlists and has won several awards, inlcuding The Young Telegraph/Fully Booked Award for The Bed and Breakfast Star, the Smarties Prize, the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the CHildren's Book Award for Double Act. The Illustrated MU, was shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Children's Book and has won the 1999 Children's Book of the Year at the British Book Awards and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award.

Over 4 million copies of her books have now been sold in the UK alone and approximately 50,000 copies of her books are sold each month. In a recent poll to find the Nation's Favourite Children's Book run by the BBC Programme, Bookworm, Double Act was voted 10th and was the only contemporary title in the top ten. Jacqueline herself was voted 4th in the Treasure Islands Favourite Children's Author poll.