Wendy Meddour's debut novel A Hen in the Wardrobe (Frances Lincoln) was shortlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase Award for Outstanding First Novel, and picked by the Guardian as one of the 'Best 50 Culturally Diverse Books since the 1950s'. Wendy Quill is a Crocodile's Bottom (OUP) kicked off a hilarious new fiction series based on her own childhood and was illustrated by her fantastically talented daughter Mina May, aged 14. Since publicaiton, the series has since been licensed in 14 territories.

Wendy also writes picture books. How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel (Frances Lincoln), has been described by Malorie Blackman, former children's laureate, as "simply brilliant". Wendy's latest picture book Lubna and the Pebble (OUP),  illustrated by Daniel Egneus, is out now

Wendy spent most of her childhood in the airing cupboard reading and dreaming of being a cartoonist, a comedienne or a footballer. Instead, she became an academic - one who gave funny lectures, doodled in the margins and knew the off-side rule. Since then she has acquired a doctorate, four children and a wobbly old house in Wiltshire.

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