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 March

04 March 2020

Dear Everyone,

I’m going to a private viewing of two special films in March.  I shall see 4 Kids & It at the beginning of the month, the brilliant funny new film adaptation of my book Four Children and It.  (I have a tiny part right at the end, after the credits). You’ll get a chance to see it on Sky Premiere TV on Friday 10th April – and at various cinemas too.  I’d love to know what you think of it!

The second private view is a film of the stage show of Hetty Feather.  I went to see the play at least ten times when it was on, so it’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up with it.  I hope to see some of the cast there too.  It will be opening at cinemas on Wednesday 15 April – when I might very well go again!

April will be a very busy month because I shall be doing various events promoting my brand new teenage book Love Frankie in Cambridge, Chichester and Cardiff – and then in Birmingham, Brighton and Hay-on-Wye in May.  All the details are on the website – and scribbled into my own diary!  It’s a bit unnerving seeing practically every day filled in with work-related things – but very exciting too.  It also gives me a chance to meet some of you.  I’m loving it that some of your mums like to meet me too, because they grew up reading my books.  I wonder which is everybody’s all time favourite book?

I signed a copy of my autobiography Jacky Daydream at a lovely double act event with Nick Sharratt at Sutton Coldfield recently. I had a quick look inside the cover at all the photos of me as a child.  I loved writing stories even then and had a secret wish that I might get a book published one day.  I never dreamt that I would write so many books and still have a literary career all these years later.  It just shows you that wishes can come true!

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!