About Jacqueline

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 in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named after her!) before turning to writing novels full-time.

A young Jacqueline at school!

One of Jacqueline’s most successful and enduring creations has been the famous Tracy Beaker, who first appeared in 1991 in The Story of Tracy Beaker. This was also the first of her books to be illustrated by Nick Sharratt. The CBBC series about Tracy Beaker has been an enormous success and brought a new audience to the books. Since Tracy’s first appearance, Jacqueline has been on countless award shortlists and has gone on to win many of them. The Illustrated Mum won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, the 1999 Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards and was also shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Children’s Book Award.

Double Act won the prestigious Smarties Medal and the Children’s Book Award as well as being highly commended for the Carnegie Medal. The Story of Tracy Beaker won the 2002 Blue Peter People’s Choice Award.

Jacqueline is one of the nation’s favourite authors, and her books are loved and cherished by young readers not only in the UK but all over the world. She has sold millions of books and in the UK alone the total now stands at over 40 million!

In 2002 Jacqueline was awarded the OBE for services to literacy in schools and from 2005 to 2007 she was the Children’s Laureate. In 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

Letter for August

13 August 2019

Dear Everyone,

Happy holidays!  I wonder if you’re reading this somewhere exotic, having a little rest after lots of exciting sight-seeing?  Maybe you’re sunbathing on the beach or dangling your feet in a swimming pool?  Might you be visiting your Gran and Granddad and they’re making a huge fuss of you? Or perhaps you’re like me, happily staying at home!

I’m busy working on my new novel every morning, but in the afternoons I see friends or go for a long walk with Jackson or stroll along the beach front or have a cream tea in the village.  I don’t need to go away because it’s so lovely here!

I’m also having lots of long reading sessions too.  I just love getting totally engrossed in a book.  It’s like living two lives at once!  I’ve just been reading a brilliant adult book about picture books called Fierce Bad Rabbits.  I wonder which your favourite picture book used to be?  I bet a lot of you enjoyed Nick Sharratt’s You Choose.  One of my daughter Emma special favourites was The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr.  It’s such a lovely cosy book – and she always got the giggles when the Tiger drank all of Daddy’s beer.

I’m having a day out in Firle on Saturday 10th August.  There’s a special three day Vintage fair on, which is always great fun – and I’m giving a talk about my latest book Dancing the Charleston there.  There’s going to be a troupe of dancers there too, demonstrating the Charleston dance.  I shall be watching – but not joining in!

Enjoy the Summer.

Love from Jacqueline x

Diary archive

Where were you born?

I was born in Bath, but we moved to Kingston when I was little. I've lived here ever since.

What sort of family do you have?

I don't have any brothers or sisters and my Dad died long ago. My mum lived into her 90s so I hope I’ve inherited her genes! I have one lovely grown up daughter Emma.

What sort of house do you live in?

I live in a four-bedroomed Victorian house. It's not a very grand house, but very comfortable - and there are lots of bookshelves in every room.

Do you have any pets?

I have a beautiful grey and white cat called Jacob and a little black rescue dog called Jackson. I found both of them in Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

When is your birthday?

17th December.

What sort of music do you like?

I like most kinds, and I've always been a big fan of Freddie Mercury and Queen.

What’s your favourite film?

I love a long-ago black and white film called 'Mandy' about a little deaf girl.

What’s your favourite colour?

I often wear black, with lots of silver jewellery.

What was your favourite subject at school?

I loved English, especially writing stories. I also liked Art.

What was your worst subject at school?

Definitely Maths!