Growing up, there were no books at home. Only the Bible and The News of the World. We were poor and university was never mentioned as an option. I went to grammar school and enjoyed writing but didn’t enjoy reading. Being a writer was never on my list of things to do.
Characters such as Tracy Beaker might find themselves in difficult family situations, but that sense of reality is part of the appeal for Jacqueline Wilson’s millions of young readers as she gets set to publish her new novel, Wave Me Goodbye, writes.
Reynald de Chatillon was a Crusader whose name “lives in infamy in the bestiary of Islam”, a man relegated by historians “to the lower levels of hell”. Jeffrey Lee has written a new biography of him. Expect blood and perfidy.
When Jane Chisolm was born on a farm in rural America, she was, as her doctor often told her, a ‘normal girl’. There was only one thing that made her different — a genital birth defect, that made her incontinent and unable to have sex.