Jacqueline Wilson

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Date of Birth December 17, 1945
Place of Birth Bath, England
Age 75 years old
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Jacqueline Wilson

Dame Jacqueline Wilson is an English novelist known for her popular children's literature. As her children's novels frequently feature themes of adoption, divorce and mental illness, they tend to attract controversy, yet are well loved by children and adults alike. Four of her books appear in the BBC's The Big Read poll of the 100 most popular books in the UK, and for her lifetime contribution as a children's writer, Wilson was a UK nominee for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2014. In 2010, it was revealed that Wilson is the most borrowed author in libraries across the UK. Wilson is the author of many book series. Her Tracy Beaker series, inaugurated in 1991 with The Story of Tracy Beaker, includes three sequels and has been adapted into four CBBC television series: The Story of Tracy Beaker, Tracy Beaker Returns, The Dumping Ground, and The Tracy Beaker Survival Files. Since her debut novel in 1969, Wilson has written over 100 books.

Born: Jacqueline Aitken, December 17, 1945, Bath, England
Occupation: Writer
Period: 1969–present
Genre: Realist
Notable works: Cookie, Candyfloss, Double Act, The Story of Tracy Beaker, Hetty Feather
Notable awards: Guardian Prize, 2000, British Book Award, 2000, 2003
Children: Emma Wilson
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About Jacqueline Wilson

Award-winning English children's author whose work deals with controversial themes, such as divorce, adoption, and mental illness. Her best-known books include Hetty Feather (2009), Dustbin Baby (2001) and Double Act (1995).

Before Fame

She read voraciously and wrote prolifically during her childhood years in Kingston-upon-Thames, England. She was an excellent student at Coombe Girls' School, but she ended her studies in her late teens and was soon offered a job at the DC Thomson publishing company.

Achievement

Her Tracy Beaker novel series, which she began releasing in 1991, became extremely popular, and CBBC adapted multiple installments into TV specials.

Family Life

She was born in Bath, Somerset, England to Harry and Margaret Aitken. She was married to printer-turned-policeman Millar Wilson from 1965 to 2004. She and Millar had one daughter, Emma.

Associations

Dani Harmer starred as Tracy Beaker in the CBBC series The Story of Tracy Beaker.

Information related to Jacqueline Wilson

  • Academics of the University of Roehampton
  • British Children's Laureate
  • Guardian Children's Fiction Prize winners
  • Costa Book Award winners
  • Fellows of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
  • LGBT writers from England
  • English autobiographers
  • Women autobiographers
  • 21st-century English novelists
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Latest information about Jacqueline Wilson updated on January 27, 2021.