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 November

10 November 2019

Dear Everyone,

I had a wonderful October, rushing all over the country doing special events.  It was a treat to meet so many of you.  Thank you for all the letters and little presents!  I’ve still got several more talks this month:  I’ll be at the British Library on Monday 11th November talking about Tracy Beaker and I’ll be at Knole on Sunday 17th – I hope I get the chance to look round as it’s such a huge and splendid country house.

At the end of November there’s going to be a special Christmas weekend in the village where I live, with Santa and the lighting of a big Christmas tree and lovely treats in many of the shops (there are rumours of a selection of mini-puddings which sounds a very yummy idea).  I hope I might find some Christmas presents there.

I’m going to choose several new decorations for my own tree at home – I like to do this every year.  It means my tree gets very crowded and it’s a bit of a hotch potch but I like it that way.  I have a very old doll dressed as a fairy to put right at the top of the Christmas tree, and a special little silver angel made by a friend long ago, and a tiny tin typewriter and a crimson glass apple and a miniature wooden bear and a bluebird and all kinds of bells and baubles and hearts. 

But it’s not Christmas time yet.  November seems very wet and windy at the moment.  Even my dog Jackson is happy to huddle indoors today!  I think it’s time to light the fire and cosy up together.

Love from Jacqueline

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!