Fellow at Newnham College, University of Cambridge, 2009-12
Deborah Chancellor is a children's writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her work includes Code Breakers(Barrington Stoke, 2009) and a collection of illustrated children's stories, Reading Heroes (Parragon, 2008). She has adapted 365 stories from the Bible (Children's Everyday Bible, Dorling Kindersley, 2002). Deborah's non-fiction ranges from historical biography (The Perfect Rebel: Emily Wilding Davison, forthcoming from Barrington Stoke) to topical issues (Moving to Britain, Franklin Watts, 2008) to matters of general interest (Everything You Need to Know, Kingfisher, 2007). She has written extensively for a variety of publishers, and has been translated into several languages. To date, Deborah has written over seventy children's books. She enjoys the challenge of communicating complex material in a clear and inspiring way, for a new generation of readers. She has a particular interest in writing for older children with reading difficulties, and has written three titles for Barrington Stoke, an award-winning independent publisher leading the way in this field. Deborah trained as a primary teacher before becoming a children's book editor at Dorling Kindersley. Now a full-time writer, she has spoken at book festivals, and held workshops at school literacy events. She lives near Cambridge with her husband and three children.