23 February 1955 |
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Notable work(s)||Horrid Henry|
Francesca Simon, the author of Horrid Henry books, was born in St Louis; she grew up in California and attended both Yale and Oxford universities where she majored in medieval studies and Old English. Simon changed careers as a medievalist and worked as a journalist, writing for the Sunday Times, Guardian, Mail on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph and Vogue (US).
Simon's favourite writer is Anthony Trollope After she had her son Joshua in 1989, she started to write children's books full-time. Simon is one of the UK's best-selling children's writers; she has published over 50 different books, including the immensely popular Horrid Henry series, which has now sold over eighteen million copies. Simon won the Children’s Book of the Year in 2008 at the British Book Awards for Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman. The Horrid Henry series is published in 24 countries.
She lives in London with her husband Martin, son Joshua, and Tibetan spaniel, Shanti
- Robert McCrum. "Francesca Simon: 'When I started out, people would ask: "When will you write for adults?"' | Books". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-02-19.