Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath, England in 1945. She has sold millions of books and in the UK alone the total stands at over 38 million. Children in the UK voted her their favourite author.
One of Wilson’s most successful and enduring creations has been the famous Tracy Beaker, who first appeared in 1991 in The Story of Tracy Beaker. Since then Wilson has authored more than 100 books for children and has been on countless awards shortlists, going on to win many of those awards.
Wilson’s 100th book, Opal Plumstead, was published in 2014, and is a story set just before WW1. Since then, two more novels have been published in 2015, The Butterfly Club, and Katy, a re-working of the Victorian classic, What Katy Did. Little Stars, the final volume in the Hetty Feather series was published in October 2015.
In 2002 she 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.
She is the Chancellor at the University of Roehampton where she is also visiting Professor of Children’s Literature In addition, Jacqueline also holds Honorary Doctorates from Universities in Dundee, Kingston, Winchester and Bath.