interesting facts about UBG contributors
PRATCHETT published his first story when he was thirteen
and first got paid for a story four years later.
SHANs interests include watching films; he also
reads lots of comics and books. Other interests include long walks,
outdoor swimming, watching and discussing football, listening
to pop and rock music, worldwide travel, and dreaming up new ways
to terrify his readers.
LIVELY most enjoyed writing The Ghost of Thomas Kempe.
ARKSEY has written scripts for the children's TV series
Teddybears and Kipper. He is also a storyliner for the Secret
Lives - a daily soap on Finnish TV. Secret Lives is watched by
a quarter of Finland's population, making it the most successful
daily soap in the world!
IBBOTSON wanted to be an opera singer when she was
ASHWORTH Nowadays she lives in Manchester with her
husband, two daughters and two cats and still doesnt support
any football team. Instead she reads loads, writes a newspaper
column and still teaches occasionally. She loves travelling, going
out at night, and anything to do with computers. Including the
games. And she writes a little every day
CRESSWELLs favourite hero of fiction is William
BLACKMAN Although she has travelled throughout Europe
and the United States working as a database manager, her ideal
position would be captaining the Starship Enterprise - being a
real Star Trek fan - or accompanying agents Mulder and Scully
on one of their action-packed X-Files adventures.
About the editors
DANIEL HAHN is a writer, translator, editor and researcher (but he sometimes does other stuff too, like teaching or organising charity events). He has written a history of the first English zoo, translated an Angolan novel, edited a couple of reference books, researched an exhibition about Shakespeare's theatre, and now finds himself - rather to his own surprise - putting together a guide to children's books (which you're reading now). The children's books one is probably the most fun.
LEONIE FLYNN has worked with books for most of her life - from working at a small independent bookshop every Saturday when she was a teenager, to the heady delights of editing this book while also being librarian at a boys' prep school. The twin roles have shown that her true skills lie in being very strict, with both authors and boys, and in having serial nervous-breakdowns. She has also contributed essays on popular culture to various publications and reads voraciously, everything including the cornflakes packet.
SUSAN REUBEN never stopped reading children's books after she grew up, so decided she might as well produce them for a living. She spent five years editing picture books at Frances Lincoln, and is now a commissioning editor for Egmont Books, where she spends too much time in the company of Thomas the Tank Engine. Susan enjoys cooking large meals for lots of people, and reading a good book while eating chocolate.