Sylvia Sherry

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Sylvia Sherry (born 21 April 1932) is an English author.[1]

She is best known for her book A Pair of Jesus Boots, a popular novel for children and young adults set in the post-war slums of Liverpool.[2] The book was adapted as Rocky O'Rourke for a BBC drama serial in 1976. Four other Rocky O'Rourke books followed. Her earlier works use settings and characters drawn from Malaysia and Singapore.

Her former husband is the biographer Norman Sherry.[3]

Other works[edit]

  • A Pair of Desert Wellies
  • A Snake in the Old Hut
  • The Loss of the "Night Wind"
  • The Haven-Screamers"
  • Elephants Have Right of Way
  • Dark River, Dark Mountain
  • Street of the Small Night Market, set in Singapore's Chinatown
  • Frog in a Coconut Shell


  1. ^ "Sylvia Sherry". Retrieved 27 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Ed. Kirkpatrick, D. L. (1978). Twentieth Century Children's Writers. London: The Macmillan Press Limited. pp. 1125–1127. ISBN 0-333-23414-6. 
  3. ^ Moss, Stephen (November 2004). "The biographer's tale". The Age. Retrieved 27 March 2010.