A dedication in Horrid Henry’s Christmas, to be published in November 2017, and a signed copy when the book comes out. The famous (or should that be infamous) Horrid Henrywho first appeared in 1994, is one of Francesca Simon’s most successful and irrepressible creations. Horrid Henry books have been published in 27 languages, and sold millions of copies worldwide.

Francesca Simon studied medieval history and literature at Yale and Oxford Universities, then threw away a lucrative career as a medievalist to work as a freelance journalist. It was reading to her son Joshua that encouraged her to start writing children’s books and many of Francesca’s stories have been inspired by real life situations. Francesca is also a passionate ambassador for children’s literacy and access to literature. She is a trustee of the World Book Day charity, and has been actively involved with many other literacy charities and initiatives including Beanstalk, The Reading Agency, Booktrust’s Children’s Reading Fund and Storybook Dads. Francesca lives in North London with her family.