Francesca Simon spent her childhood on the beach in California, and started writing stories from the age of eight. She then went to Yale and Oxford Universities to study medieval history and literature. She threw away a lucrative career as a medievalist and worked as a freelance journalist, writing for the Sunday Times, Guardian, Mail on Sunday, Telegraph, and Vogue (US).
It was reading so many stories to her son Joshua, that encouraged
her to start writing children’s books…
Francesca’s first novel for 12+ readers, The Monstrous Child, will be published in May 2016 and we can now reveal the cover!Read more »
Francesca is judging this year’s Chris Evans’s 500 Words children’s short story writing competition, alongside HRH Duchess of Cornwall, Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson and Frank Cottrell Boyce.Read more »