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 April

09 April 2020

Dear Everyone,

This is such a strange time for all of us!  I do hope you’re all safe and well and coping with this new way of life.  I expect you’re really missing your friends and school and all your outdoor activities – dancing, Brownies, football, swimming, gymnastics … 

It’s so frustrating and upsetting – but this situation isn’t going to last forever, even if it feels like it!  I very much wanted to rush around the country in April and May talking about my new teenage book Love Frankie but now of course all the events have been cancelled and my book launch has been postponed until the end of August.

Things will get back to normal eventually and then we’ll all get on with life as usual.  In actual fact my daily routine hasn’t changed very much.  I sit at home and write a lot of the day.  I’m putting the finishing touches to my new Victorian book and planning the one after that.  I’ve done several pieces of writing to entertain children now they’re cooped up at home: a story starter for the Foundling Museum and a short story for the author Katherine Rundell who’s putting together a special anthology online. 

I’m also about to record a reading from my book Four Children and It.  I wonder if you saw the film which is available on Sky Cinema?  If so, I do hope you enjoyed it.  I wonder which part you liked the best?  I particularly liked the way they portrayed the magic Psammead.  What do you think you’d wish for if you came across a sand fairy?

I hope all your wishes come true anyway.

Take care.  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!