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Dame Jacqueline Wilson, DBE, (born 17 December 1945) is an English author of over 90 children's books and professorial fellow of Roehampton University. Currently one of the bestselling authors in the United Kingdom, her books have won a range of major awards and have been adapted for television and stage.

Life and education

Wilson was born Jacqueline Aitken in Bath, Somerset. Her father was a civil servant, her mother an antiques dealer.[1] Wilson spent most of her childhood in Kingston upon Thames, where she went to Latchmere Primary School. Wilson was an imaginative child and enjoyed reading and making up stories. She particularly enjoyed books by Noel Streatfield, as well as American classics like Little Women and What Katy Did.[2] Even as young as six and seven, Wilson knew that she wanted to be a writer and would fill Woolworths notebooks with stories of her imaginary games.

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At the age of nine she wrote her first "novel" which was twenty pages long.[3] The book was called Meet the Maggots about a family with seven children. Although she was good at English, however, the young Wilson had no interest in maths and would often stare out of the window and use her imagination rather than paying attention to the class, leading her final year teacher at Latchmere to nickname her "Jacky Daydream". Wilson later used this nickname as the title of the first stage of her autobiography.

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Apart from in English, Wilson did not do particularly well at school and had to re-take her 11+ exam in order to pass. After Latchmere, she moved on to Coombe Girls' School, which she still visits to this day. Kingston University has named the main hall at its Penrhyn Road campus "Jacqueline Wilson Hall" in recognition of her connections with Kingston upon Thames

Having left school at sixteen, Wilson started training as a secretary but then applied to work with the Dundee-based publishing company DC Thomson on a new girls' magazine Jackie.[4] DC Thomson offered the 17 year old a job after she penned a piece on the horrors of teenage discos. Wilson therefore moved to Scotland. An urban myth that the magazine was named after her has been perpetuated by the author in promotional work even though this has been denied by those who were involved in the launch.[5]

In Scotland, Wilson fell in love with a printer called William Millar Wilson. He then joined the police force and the couple moved south for his work, marrying in 1965 when Wilson was 19. Two years later, they had a daughter, Emma.[6]

Wilson focused on her writing, initially writing a few crime fiction books before dedicating herself to writing for children. At the age of 40, she took A level English, passing with a grade A.[7] Wilson had mixed success with some forty books before rising to fame in 1991 with The Story of Tracy Beaker. In 2004 Wilson's marriage was dissolved after her husband of three decades left her.[8][9]

Wilson lives in a handsome Victorian villa in Kingston upon Thames. The house is filled with books as she remains a keen reader, getting through a book a week despite her hectic schedule. In her adult tastes, Wilson's favourite writers include Katherine Mansfield and Sylvia Plath.[10] As the owner of some 15,000 books, Wilson had to buy the outbuilding at the bottom of her garden to house her library.[11] She also surrounds herself with old-fashioned childhood objects such as a rocking horse and a number of antique dolls. Wilson also has a unique taste in clothes and jewellery. She is known for wearing black clothes and an array of large rings.[12] She swims fifty lengths each day before breakfast.[13]

Style

Wilson's books are realistic portrayal of modern British children facing problems in their daily lives, ranging from the death of a pet (The Cat Mummy) to divorce (The Suitcase Kid), homelessness (The Bed and Breakfast Star), abuse (Secrets), grief (Vicky Angel) and difficult subjects parents may refrain from talking about, such as homosexuality (Kiss). Her books are usually illustrated by Nick Sharratt, and Sharratt's ink drawings and colourful cover designs have come to be associated with her work. Her work also often has characters from her own stories appearing in her other books, such as in Dustbin Baby, Best Friends, and Cliffhanger.

The majority of her books are written in the first person narrative, although some, such as Twin Trouble, are written in third person. One, the previously mentioned Secrets, is, though in first person, from the point of view of the two main characters, in alternative chapters, much like her other book The Lottie Project.

Girls in Love, Best Friends, Double Act, The Illustrated Mum and The Story of Tracy Beaker have been adapted as popular TV series.

Book sales

Over 25 million copies of Wilson's books have been sold in the UK alone.[14] In a poll conducted by the BBC, The Big Read, four books by Jacqueline Wilson were voted in the top 100 most popular books in Britain: Double Act, Girls In Love, Vicky Angel, and The Story of Tracy Beaker. In the list of the UK's 200 favourite books there are 14 books by Jacqueline Wilson. In 2004 she replaced Catherine Cookson as the most borrowed author in Britain's libraries, a position she retained for four years until she was overtaken by James Patterson in 2008.[15]

Awards

 

Wilson has won many awards, including the Smarties Prize, and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. The Illustrated Mum won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the 1999 Children's Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. It was also shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Children's Book Award. The Story of Tracy Beaker won the 2002 Blue Peter People's Choice Award.

In June 2002, Jacqueline Wilson was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools, and from 2005 to 2007 she was the fourth Children's Laureate. In this role, Wilson urged writers to make more books available for the blind ad also campaigned against cutbacks in children's TV drama.

In October 2005 she received an Honorary Degree from the University of Winchester in recognition of her achievements in and on behalf of children's literature. In July 2007 she received an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Letters) from Roehampton University in recognition of her achievements in and on behalf of children's literature. She is also the recipient of Honorary Degrees from the University of Dundee and Kingston University.

In the New Year Honours 2008, Jacqueline Wilson was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE).

Professorial Fellow

In June 2008 Wilson was appointed professorial Fellow of Roehampton University.[16] She will be teaching modules on both the Children's Literature MA and the Creative Writing MA offered by the university.

Adaptations of her novels

The following books have been adaptated for TV:

  • Double Act (2002, Channel 4) Starring twins Zoe and Chloe Tempest-Jones as Ruby and Garnet, with a special appearance by Jacqueline Wilson as the casting director at the auditions. This was a one-off 100 min feature.
  • The Story of Tracy Beaker (TV series) (2002-2005, CBBC). Starring Dani Harmer as Tracy and Lisa Coleman (whose sister, Charlotte, appeared in Double Act as Miss Debenham) as Cam.
  • The Illustrated Mum (2003, Channel 4). Starring former EastEnders star Michelle Collins as Marigold Westward, Alice Connor as Dolphin Westward and Holly Grainger as Star Westward. This was a four-part miniseries but later shown as a full feature with no ad breaks. It was again repeated at Christmas 2004.
  • Best Friends (2004, ITV). This was a six-part miniseries with a slightly different ending. Starring Chloe Smyth as Gemma and Poppy Rogers as Alice.
  • Girls in Love (ITV). Starring Olivia Hallinan as Ellie, Zaraah Abrahams as Magda and Amy Kwolek as Nadine. There have been two series of Girls in Love broadcast.

Bibliography

Mark Spark

  • 1992 Mark Spark
  • 1993 Mark Spark in the Dark
  • 1993 Mark Spark returns

Freddy's Teddy

These books were written to help teach younger children to read.

  • 1994 Freddy's Teddy
  • 1994 Teddy in the Garden
  • 1994 Teddy Goes Swimming
  • 1994 Come Back Teddy!'
  • 1994 Teddy at the Fair

Tracy Beaker

  • 1991 The Story of Tracy Beaker
  • 2000 The Dare Game
  • 2006 Starring Tracy Beaker
  • 2009 Tracy Beaker's Thumping Heart

Werepuppy

  • 1991 The Werepuppy
  • 1994 The Werepuppy on Holiday

Girls

  • 1997 Girls In Love
  • 1998 Girls under Pressure
  • 1999 Girls out Late
  • 2002 Girls in Tears

Adventure Holiday

  • 1995 Cliffhanger
  • 1998 Buried Alive!

Non-series works

  • 1969 Ricky's Birthday
  • 1972 Hide and Seek
  • 1973 Truth or Dare
  • 1974 Snap
  • 1976 Let's Pretend
  • 1977 Making Hate
  • 1982 Nobody's Perfect
  • 1983 Waiting for the Sky to Fall
  • 1984 The Killer Tadpole
  • 1984 The Other Side
  • 1984 The School Trip
  • 1985 How to Survive Summer Camp
  • 1986 Amber
  • 1986 The Monster in the Cupboard
  • 1987 Lonelyhearts
  • 1987 Supersleuth
  • 1987 The Power of the Shade
  • 1988 Rat Race
  • 1988 This Girl
  • 1988 Vampire
  • 1989 Falling Apart
  • 1989 The Left Outs
  • 1989 The Party in the Lift
  • 1990 Glubbslyme
  • 1990 Take a Good Look
  • 1991 The Dream Palace
  • 1992 The Suitcase Kid
  • 1992 Video Rose
  • 1993 Deep Blue
  • 1993 The Mum-Minder
  • 1994 The Bed And Breakfast Star
  • 1994 Twin Trouble
  • 1995 The Dinosaur's Packed Lunch
  • 1995 Double Act
  • 1995 Elsa, Star of the Shelter
  • 1995 Jimmy Jelly
  • 1995 Love from Katie
  • 1995 My Brother Bernadette
  • 1995 Sophie's Secret Diary
  • 1996 Bad Girls
  • 1996 Beauty and the Beast
  • 1996 Connie and the Water Babies
  • 1996 Mr. Cool
  • 1997 The Lottie Project
  • 1997 The Monster Story-Teller
  • 1998 Rapunzel
  • 1999 The Illustrated Mum
  • 1999 Monster Eyeballs
  • 2000 Lizzie Zipmouth
  • 2000 Vicky Angel
  • 2001 The Cat Mummy
  • 2001 Sleepovers
  • 2001 Dustbin Baby
  • 2002 Secrets
  • 2002 The Worry Website
  • 2003 Lola Rose
  • 2004 Midnight
  • 2004 Best Friends
  • 2004 The Diamond Girls
  • 2005 Clean Break
  • 2005 Love Lessons
  • 2006 Candyfloss
  • 2007 Jacky Daydream (autobiography)
  • 2007 Kiss
  • 2007 Totally Jacqueline Wilson
  • 2008 My Sister Jodie
  • 2008 Cookie
  • 2009 My Secret Diary

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I like jacqueline wilson because she is amazing at writing books

wilson is amazing i love reading her books

i love wilson  my best children's writer

what is jacqueline wilsons most famous book she has ever written???

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