Helen Bailey was born and brought up in Northumberland, a county she always regarded as home.Barely into her teens, Helen invested her pocket money in buying a copy of The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook and spent the next few years sending short stories and poems to anyone she could think of. Much to her surprise, she sometimes found herself in print.After a degree in science, Helen worked in the media, running a successful London-based character licensing agency handling internationally renowned properties such as Snoopy, Felicity Wishes, Dilbert and Zorro.Helen died in 2016, leaving behind a significant body of work. She is best known for her Electra Brown series, of which the first is 'Life in the Shallow End'.
Colin Bateman was a journalist in Northern Ireland before becoming a full-time writer. His first novel, Divorcing Jack, won the Betty Trask Prize, and all his novels have been critically acclaimed. He wrote the screenplays for the feature films of Divorcing Jack, Crossmaheart and Wild About Harry. He lives in Ireland with his family.
Clémentine Beauvais was born in Paris in 1989, but decided to cross the Channel at 17 years old to see how things are done on the other side. And she very much liked what she saw, so, since then, she's been living in Cambridge. As well as studying and writing children's books, Clem is the co-host of the Kid You Not podcast on children's literature.She still makes funny mistakes in English sometimes, but she's very proud that she doesn't have a comedy French accent.Visit her website at: www.clementinebeauvais.com
Beverley was born in London, grew up in Kenya and came to Britain for the first time to take A levels. She graduated from Cambridge with a degree in Economics and Sociology. After travelling in Africa, America, Europe and the Middle East, Beverley joined Penguin as an editor. Since then she has continued to work in publishing - at present she combines writing and working as an editor here at Hodder. She has two daughters and is married to photographer Nick Birch.
Jon has had a wide variety of jobs, working as a teacher, a university lecturer and even a dustman. His first story was published in 1984 and he has been writing ever since. He has now published over forty books. He lives in Wales, has a pet cat and his favourite food is guacamole.
Enid Blyton's books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into other languages more often than any other children's author.She wrote over 700 books and about 2,000 short stories, including favourites such as The Famous Five,The Secret Seven, The Magic Faraway Tree, Malory Towers and Noddy. Born in London in 1897, Enid lived much of her life in Buckinghamshire and adored dogs, gardening and the countryside. She died in 1968 but remains one of the world's best-loved storytellers.
Charlotte Bronte is a writer of classics.
Paul Bryers is an award-winning novelist, scriptwriter and director whose books for children and young adults include the Mysteries of the Septagram trilogy, Kobal, Avatar and Abyss. His latest novel Spooked - a ghost story set in South London - is published by Hachette Childrens' Books on August 1st 2013. Paul's adult fiction includes Hollow Target which won an Arts Council award for Best First Novel and In a Pig's Ear which was named as one of The Guardian's five Best Novels of the Year. He also writes historical naval adventures under the name Seth Hunter, the latest of which, The Spoils of Conquest, was published on July 4th this year. He was series producer, writer and director of the TV series Queen Victoria's Empire for PBS which won the outstanding achievement award at the New York Film Festival, and he has been nominated for a BAFTA and the Grierson Award for Best British documentaries. His films for Channel Four include Incident in Judea with Mark Rylance, Jim Carter and John Woodvine, The Golden Years, by Arthur Miller, with Ronald Pickup, Robert Powell and Kathy Tyson, A Vote for Hitler and Incident in Judea.