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Jim Eldridge - Author

About the Author

After leaving school, Jim Eldridge embarked on a wide variety of jobs before going to Teacher Training College. His time as a teacher at a Junior School in Luton was the inspiration and basis for his hit Radio 4 series King Street Junior. As his writing career took off, Jim moved from full-time teaching to supply teaching. This included working with physically and mentally handicapped children. In 1987, Jim became a full-time writer.


Most of his writing credits has been in the TV and radio field. And given than Jim's written over thirty books, that's a lot of TV and radio!


Jim's latest TV project is Monster TV, a 26 part sitcom for the BBC, which will debut in late 1999. He created and wrote the BBC TV series Uncle Jack and the award-winning Bad Boyes, also for the BBC. In addition to creating original material, Jim has been a writer on Tv series based on stories by other well-known children's writers, including Whizziwig by Malorie Blackman and Ghost Hunter by Ivan Jones. Other top-rated shows which Jim has worked on include Julia Jekyll and Harriet Hyde, Harry's Mad and Woof. He also adapted The Demon Headmaster and The Headmaster's Brain for BBC Radio.

Featured books by Jim Eldridge

Other books by Jim Eldridge

Murder at the Ashmolean

Murder at the Ashmolean

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

1895. A senior executive at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is found in his office with a bullet hole between his eyes, a pistol discarded close by. The death has officially been ruled as suicide by local police, but with an apparent lack of motive for such action, the museum's administrator, Gladstone Marriott, suspects foul play. With his cast-iron reputation for shrewdness, formed during his time investigating the case of Jack the Ripper alongside Inspector Abberline, private enquiry agent Daniel Wilson is a natural choice to discreetly explore the situation, ably assisted by his partner, archaeologist-cum-detective Abigail Fenton. Yet their enquiries are hindered from the start by an interfering lone agent from Special Branch, ever secretive and intimidating in his methods. With rumours of political ructions from South Africa, mislaid artefacts and a lost Shakespeare play, Wilson and Fenton soon find themselves tangled in bureaucracy. Making unlikely alliances, the pair face players who live by a different set of rules and will need their intellect and ingenuity to reveal the secrets of the aristocracy.

The Trenches

The Trenches

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

My Story: The Trenches is a thrilling wartime tale about the Great War. It's 1917 and Billy Stevens is a telegraph operator stationed near Ypres. The Great War has been raging for three years when Billy finds himself taking part in the deadly Big Push forward. But he is shocked to discover that the bullets of his fellow soldiers aren't just aimed at the enemy... Experience history first-hand with My Story in this all-new look!

1066: The Norman Conquest

1066: The Norman Conquest

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

I Was There... is a perfect introduction for younger readers into stories from the past, allowing children to imagine that they were really there. I Was There... 1066 tells the thrilling story of a young page boy at the heart of the Battle of Hastings. Edwin risks everything to infiltrate the Norman army and find out William of Normany's plans for King Harold. Brilliantly reimagined, readers aged 7+ will love this vivid and exciting first-hand account of the last successful military invasion of England.

Murder at the Ashmolean

Murder at the Ashmolean

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/07/2019

1895. A senior executive at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is found in his office with a bullet hole between his eyes, a pistol discarded close by. The death has officially been ruled as suicide by local police, but with an apparent lack of motive for such action, the museum's administrator, Gladstone Marriott, suspects foul play. With his cast-iron reputation for shrewdness, formed during his time investigating the case of Jack the Ripper alongside Inspector Abberline, private enquiry agent Daniel Wilson is a natural choice to discreetly explore the situation, ably assisted by his partner, archaeologist-cum-detective Abigail Fenton. Yet their enquiries are hindered from the start by an interfering lone agent from Special Branch, ever secretive and intimidating in his methods. With rumours of political ructions from South Africa, mislaid artefacts and a lost Shakespeare play, Wilson and Fenton soon find themselves tangled in bureaucracy. Making unlikely alliances, the pair face players who live by a different set of rules and will need their intellect and ingenuity to reveal the secrets of the aristocracy.

Murder at the British Museum London's famous museum holds a deadly secret...

Murder at the British Museum London's famous museum holds a deadly secret...

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/07/2019

1894. A well-respected academic is found dead in a gentlemen's convenience cubicle at the British Museum, the stall locked from the inside. Professor Lance Pickering had been due to give a talk promoting the museum's new 'Age of King Arthur' exhibition when he was stabbed repeatedly in the chest. Having forged a strong reputation working alongside the inimitable Inspector Abberline on the Jack the Ripper case, Daniel Wilson is called in to solve the mystery of the locked cubicle murder, and he brings his expertise and archaeologist Abigail Fenton with him. But it isn't long before the museum becomes the site of another fatality and the pair face mounting pressure to deliver results. With enquiries compounded by persistent journalists, local vandals and a fanatical society, Wilson and Fenton face a race against time to salvage the reputation of the museum and catch a murderer desperate for revenge.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Reflect: Oxford Level 20: Warrior Queen

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Reflect: Oxford Level 20: Warrior Queen

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2019

A powerful novel about identity and loyalty, and reaching a hand out across cultural divides. Aithne is a twelve-year-old girl - a Briton - who wears the silver moon of a Wise Woman. Castus is a boy the same age, a Roman servant brought up to think of the Britons as barbarians not worth sparing. When Castus is sent to infiltrate the camp of the Britons, these two children from completely different worlds meet and form an unlikely alliance, before being swept into Boudicca's rebellion. Reflect is a series of emotionally powerful books with realistic settings, carefully crafted to promote thoughtful discussions and develop higher-level reading comprehension. Written by top childrens authors and developed with Literacy expert and Series Editor Nikki Gamble, these are books you can trust to engage, entertain and support childrens personal development. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to stories with the right depth and complexity for them, and helping them to progress. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children deepen their understanding and support their reading comprehension. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links to relationships education and support literacy skills.

Murder at the Fitzwilliam

Murder at the Fitzwilliam

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/01/2019

1894. After rising to prominence for his role investigating the case of Jack the Ripper alongside the formidable Inspector Abberline, Daniel Wilson has retired from the force and now works as a private enquiry agent. Having built a reputation for intelligence and integrity, Wilson is the natural choice for the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, which finds itself in need of urgent assistance. The remains of an ancient princess and her entourage are to be unveiled as the centrepiece of the museum's new Egyptian collection, but strange occurrences have followed their arrival in Britain: a dead body is discovered in a previously empty sarcophagus, one of the mummified bodyguards seemingly goes 'walkabout' and another man is found strangled to death with three-thousand-year-old bandages. Aided by the talented resident archaeologist Abigail Fenton but hindered by the dismissive local police force, can Wilson unravel the mystery and preserve the reputation of the museum ahead of its public launch?

Murder at the British Museum London's famous museum holds a deadly secret...

Murder at the British Museum London's famous museum holds a deadly secret...

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/01/2019

1894. A well-respected academic is found dead in a gentlemen's convenience cubicle at the British Museum, the stall locked from the inside. Professor Lance Pickering had been due to give a talk promoting the museum's new 'Age of King Arthur' exhibition when he was stabbed repeatedly in the chest. Having forged a strong reputation working alongside the inimitable Inspector Abberline on the Jack the Ripper case, Daniel Wilson is called in to solve the mystery of the locked cubicle murder, and he brings his expertise and archaeologist Abigail Fenton with him. But it isn't long before the museum becomes the site of another fatality and the pair face mounting pressure to deliver results. With enquiries compounded by persistent journalists, local vandals and a fanatical society, Wilson and Fenton face a race against time to salvage the reputation of the museum and catch a murderer desperate for revenge.

Shadows of the Dead

Shadows of the Dead

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2018

Murder at the Fitzwilliam

Murder at the Fitzwilliam

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/08/2018

After rising to prominence for his role investigating the case of Jack the Ripper, former Detective Inspector Daniel Wilson is now retired. Known for his intelligence, investigative skills, and most of all his discretion, he's often consulted when a case must be solved quickly and quietly. So when a body is found in the Egyptian Collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, Wilson is called in. As he tries to uncover the identity of the dead man and the circumstances surrounding his demise, Wilson must contend with an unhelpful police Inspector, and more alarmingly, Abigail McKenzie, the archaeologist who discovered the body and is determined to protect the Egyptian collection. Can they find a way to work together to solve the mystery?

Coming Home

Coming Home

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2018

A gripping first-hand account of life back home afterWorld War One. Thirteen-year-old Joe Henry tricked his way into the army to bring his father home, but fighting in the Great War has been tougher than he could have ever imagined. One night, he's tasked withguarding a railway carriage in the middle of a forest - inside the carriage, very important people are making very important decisions... Finally, an armistice is signed - the war is over! But when Joe returns home, it's to a very different life than the one he left behind. His father is injured and furious at Joe for going to war, plus the Spanish flu is raging, with more and more people dying every day... Joe may have survived World War One, but the danger isn't overyet.

Shadows of the Dead

Shadows of the Dead

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/12/2017

The Digger 2 Wayfarers

The Digger 2 Wayfarers

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

The rusty old digger has been in Dak's village for years. Dak is sure he can get it working again, but can he? Books in the Wayfarers strand are for learners who can read a range of texts accurately and fluently. Wayfarers titles require learners to read beyond what is on the page, inferring characters' feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions. There is more emphasis on understanding through reading and less use of illustrations to show meaning. Repetition is used for dramatic effect rather than to build vocabulary. Contains teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

The Refugee Camp 4 Voyagers

The Refugee Camp 4 Voyagers

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

When the war comes, Ahmed and his family leave the city in search of a better future, but life in the refugee camp proves to be difficult. Books in the Voyagers strand are for learners experienced in reading a range of genres. Learners will be able to discuss how language is used and how the vocabulary chosen causes reactions and inferences in the reader. Texts use flashbacks, parody, summary and commentary. Fiction titles include chapters to reflect sustained reading while shorter books have deeper inferential meaning needing more comprehension. Contains teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

Independence: War in Ireland, 20 - 21 November 1920

Independence: War in Ireland, 20 - 21 November 1920

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

November 1920. Ireland is in the middle of a war for independence. One Sunday, events come to a head and an exciting football match turns into a survival battle for eleven-year-old Liam Donnelly. Soldiers shooting, machine guns firing, people screaming... How will Liam make it out of the stadium alive? And even if he does, is there anywhere safe left to go?

Assassins

Assassins

Author: Jim Eldridge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2017

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