Deborah is a versatile and prolific children's writer of fiction
and non-fiction. She has written nearly 100 books for children.
ranges from historical biography to topical issues, religious adaptations to matters of general interest.
She has written extensively for many leading publishers, and has been translated into several languages.
Deborah has a particular interest in writing for older children with reading difficulties, writing for
Barrington Stoke, an award-winning independent publisher leading the way in this field. In 2009 Being a Vegetarian
won the UK section for the Gourmand World Cookbook awards in the vegetarian book category and came
second in the world category. In 2014 Deborah was shortlisted for the Little Rebels Award for Harriet
In 2009 Deborah became a fellow of the Royal Literary Fund. She was the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge, from 2009-2012, her old
college, where she read Modern & Medieval Languages from 1985-1988.
2012 she was part of the Newnham College, Cambridge, team that took part in a special Christmas edition of University
Challenge. Deborah trained as a primary teacher before becoming a children's
book editor at Dorling Kindersley. She speaks at book festivals and literary events. She lives near Cambridge with her husband, three children and dog, Hattie.
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