Anita Ganeri

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Anita Ganeri
Born1961 (age 59–60)
Calcutta, India
Notable worksHorrible Geography series

Anita Ganeri (born 1961) is an Indian author of the award-winning series Horrible Geography and many other non-fiction books for children.

Early life and education[edit]

Ganeri was born in Calcutta, India and her family emigrated to England when she was a baby.[1] She boarded at Stamford High School,[1] and graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in French/German and Indian Studies.[2]


Ganeri worked in publishing for several years - first as a foreign rights manager for Walker, and later as an editor at Usborne - before becoming a freelance writer.[1] Her first published book was a Ladybird book on 'how things work'.[1] In total, she has written over 600 non-fiction books,[3] at a rate of 15-20 per year.[1] Her work on the Horrible Geography series led to her becoming a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Ganeri resides in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, with her husband, the children's author Chris Oxlade.[1]


Year Award
1999 Geographical Association Silver Award, for Horrible Geography: Odious Oceans, Violent Volcanoes and Stormy Weather[2]
2007 Practical Pre-School Award, for First Book of Festivals[2]
2008 Geographical Association Highly Commended Award, for Horrible Geography: The Horrible Geography of the World[2]
2009 Blue Peter Book Award - Best Book with Facts, for Horrible Geography Handbooks: Planet In Peril[4]
2010 Joy Tivy Education Medal, presented by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, for "exemplary, outstanding and inspirational teaching, educational policy or work in formal and informal educational arenas"[5]

Selected works[edit]

Horrible Geography series[edit]

  • Odious Oceans (1999)
  • Stormy Weather (1999)
  • Violent Volcanoes (1999)
  • Desperate Deserts (2000)
  • Earth-Shattering Earthquakes (2000)
  • Raging Rivers (2000)
  • Bloomin' Rainforests (2001)
  • Freaky Peaks (2001)
  • Perishing Poles (2002)
  • Intrepid Explorers (2003)
  • Wild Islands (2004)
  • Monster Lakes (2005)
  • Cracking Coasts (2006)
  • Horrible Geography of the World (2007) - name changed in later editions to Wicked World Tour
  • Horrible Geography Handbook: Wicked Weather (2008)
  • Horrible Geography Handbook: Wild Animals (2008)
  • Horrible Geography Handbook: Planet in Peril (2009)
  • Horrible Geography Handbook: Vile Volcanoes (2010)
  • Horrible Geography Handbook: Perilous Poles (2010)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Author spells out her fears over books for the internet generation". The Yorkshire Post. The Yorkshire Post. 2 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c d "Anita Ganeri". Children's Discovery Centre. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Ganeri, Anita (9 November 2015). "NNFN: A guest post by Anita Ganeri". Federation of Children's Book Groups Blog. Federation of Children's Book Groups. Retrieved 17 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "CBBC's Blue Peter Book Awards winners announced". BBC Press Office. British Broadcasting Corporation. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Tivy Education Medal". Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Archived from the original on 24 April 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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