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Sally Nicholls was born in Stockton-on-Tees, just after midnight, in a thunderstorm. Her father died when she was two and she and her brother Ian were brought up by her mother. She always wanted to write - when people asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, 'I used to say "I'm going to be a writer" - very definite'.

After school she worked in a Red Cross Hospital in Japan, travelled around Australia and New Zealand and returned to do a degree in Philosophy and Literature at Warwick.

Her first book Ways to Live Forever was a multiple prize winner:
Winner of the Glen Dimplex Prize for New Writers 2008.
Winner of Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2008.
Winner of Luchs Prize (Germany) for best children’s book published in Germany in the last year.
Longlisted for Branford Boase Award 2009.

She now lives in a little flat in London and has a part-time job as an administrator for a charity called Effective Intervention. The rest of her time is spent writing stories and trying to believe her luck.

Photo by Eric Luke

Featured Books, with extracts, by Sally Nicholls

Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls
Things a Bright Girl Can Do
Sally Nicholls
February 2018 Book of the Month This inspirational novel about three young Suffragettes from very different backgrounds is at once a riveting character-driven read, and an outstandingly rich account of British social history between 1914 and 1917. Seventeen-year-old Evelyn is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2018
An Island of Our Own by Sally Nicholls
An Island of Our Own
Sally Nicholls
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2015. Shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize From the winner of the Waterstones Children's Book prize comes a new novel about family and friendship. Jonathan, Holly and Davy have been struggling...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
Close Your Pretty Eyes by Sally Nicholls
Close Your Pretty Eyes
Sally Nicholls
Award- winning Sally Nicholls tells a powerful and harrowing story of Olivia, a child so damaged by her fractured childhood that she seems irrevocably programmed to destroy the good things on offer to her. When Olivia is sent to live...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/1970
All Fall Down by Sally Nicholls
All Fall Down
Sally Nicholls
This is an eagerly anticipated, powerful and inspiring historical novel about survival in the face of real-life horror from one of today's most exciting young writers. Sally Nicholls provides a heartbreaking account of one of the most terrifying events in history...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/04/2013
Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls
Ways to Live Forever
Sally Nicholls
Sympathetic, touching, and surprisingly funny, Ways To Live Forever is a fantastic debut from Sally Nicholls. Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2012
Season of Secrets by Sally Nicholls
Season of Secrets
Sally Nicholls
A haunting and unforgettable new novel From the award-winning author of Ways to Live Forever. Season of Secrets weaves the tale of a heartbroken child and an age-old legend into beautiful story of love, healing and strange magic....
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2009

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