|Born||31 December 1981|
|Genre||Spy, Adventure, Thriller, Children's Books|
|Notable works||Jimmy Coates series|
Early life and education
His first children's book, Jimmy Coates: Killer, was published in 2005. He described the plot as being about “a boy on the run from the secret service, battling Britain’s dictatorship, while resisting his own genetic programming that gives him the instincts and abilities of an assassin.” He followed it with six more Jimmy Coates books, and as of 2017, the series had sold over 250,000 copies and been translated into twelve languages.
He regularly performs school visits to encourage reading and promote his books. In 2015, he told The Bookseller that schools were becoming more reluctant to pay authors for visits, but he maintained that authors should never do them for free. He said that author visits show children that the world of books is “full of life, passion and thrills...My aim with every school event I do is to make my visit the single most memorable event in the school life of every student in the room.”
In 2010, Craig released an album of songs which he wrote and performed himself: The Songman & Me, Vol. 1.
(Released in the United States under the title Jimmy Coates: Assassin.)
- Jimmy Coates: Target, HarperCollins Children's Books, May 2006, ISBN 0-00-719686-5
- Jimmy Coates: Revenge, HarperCollins Children's Books, January 2007, ISBN 0-00-723285-3
- Jimmy Coates: Sabotage, HarperCollins Children's Books, October 2007, ISBN 0-00-723286-1
- Jimmy Coates: Survival, HarperCollins Children's Books, April 2008, ISBN 0-00-727099-2
- Jimmy Coates: Power, HarperCollins Children's Books, October 2008, ISBN 978-0-00-727730-8
- Jimmy Coates: Blackout, HarperCollins Children's Books, June 2013, ISBN 978-0007524327
- Save the Human, CB Creative Books, December 2014
- Head Strong, CB Creative Books, December 2014
- The Mendack Affair, CB Creative Books, December 2014
- Perry, Neil (11 July 2013). "Harry Potter's No Match for Jimmy Coates!". Jewish News. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
- Krieger, Candice (10 February 2011). "Joe Craig is boosting children's passion for reading". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
- Nelson, Paul (December 2002). "World premiere for musical hijacking of Aesop's Fables". Indie London. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
- Eyre, Charlotte (6 July 2015). "Free school visits 'one of the worst things an author can do'". The Bookseller. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
- "The Songman & Me, Vol. 1". Amazon. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
- Parker, Olivia (11 June 2014). "Mary-Ann Ochota: 'Sitting at a desk is the opposite of what drives me'". Telegraph. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
- Authors Cricket Club (2013). The Authors XI: A Season of English Cricket from Hackney to Hambledon. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-1-4088-4045-0.
- Joe Craig's Official Website
- Official Jimmy Coates Website
- Joe Craig's Blog
- HarperCollins Children's Books - Joe Craig
- Joe Craig's music page