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Jamila Gavin

Fred Chance

Born
India
Genre
Children
 
 
Biography
Jamila Gavin was born in Mussoorie, India.

She moved to England when she was 12 years old, and later studied music at Trinity College of Music, London. She then worked for the BBC, first in radio, then in television, as Production Assistant and Director of Music and Arts programmes.

She published her first book, The Orange Tree and Other Stories (later republished as The Magic Orange Tree), in 1979, and has since written many short story collections, teenage novels and books for children aged six to sixteen years.  In 1992 her novel for teenage readers, The Wheel of Surya, was published, and was followed by two other books in the series: The Eye of the Horse (1994); and The Track of the Wind (1997). The trilogy reflects her background in India up to and after Independence. All three books were shortlisted or runners up in the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award.

One of her books, Grandpa Chatterji (1993), was dramatized for Channel 4 Schools Television, and The Monkey in the Stars (1998) was dramatized for Polka Theatre who performed it in 2000.  Jamila Gavin’s radio play, The God at the Gate, was broadcast on Radio 4 in 2001, and was shortlisted for the Richard Imison Memorial Award. In 2000, Coram Boy (2000), set in 18th-century England, won the Whitbread Children’s Book Award, and has been adapted for the stage. This was followed by The Blood Stone (2003), set in 17th-century India and Venice, in which a boy has to find a way to free his father, who is a hostage in Afghanistan.

Jamila Gavin lives in Gloucestershire. Her latest children's novel is The Robber Baron's Daughter (2008).

Bibliography

2009
Alexander the Greatest, illustrated by Sumito Sakakibara, Walker
2008
The Robber Baron's Daughter, Egmont
2008
Alien Adventures, contributor, Egmont
2007
Out of India: Walking On My Hands, Hodder Children's Books
2006
Grandpa Chatterji's Third Eye, Egmont
2003
The Blood Stone, Egmont
2002
The Bow of Shiva: the story of Rama and Sita, HarperCollins
2002
From Out of the Shadows, Egmont
2002
Danger by Moonlight, Egmont
2001
Three Indian Goddesses, contents: 'The Temple by the Sea'; 'Monkey in the Stars'; 'The Girl Who Rode on a Lion', Egmont
2000
Coram Boy, Mammoth
1998
The Monkey in the Stars, illustrated by Anthony Lewis, Mammoth
1998
Star Child on Clark Street, illustrated by Derek Brazell, Cambridge University Press
1998
Someone's Watching, Someone's Waiting, illustrated by Anthony Lewis, Mammoth
1998
Forbidden Memories, illustrated by Mark Robertson, Mammoth
1997
The Track of the Wind, Mammoth
1997
Out of India: an Anglo-Indian childhood, Pavilion
1997
Our Favourite Stories, illustrated by Amanda Hall; photography by Barnabas Kindersley, Dorling Kindersley
1996
Who Did It?, illustrated by Rhian Nest James, Heinemann
1996
The Wormholers, Mammoth
1996
The Mango Tree, illustrated by Rhian Nest James, Heinemann
1996
The Lake of Stars, illustrated by Diana Mayo, Heinemann
1996
Storyworlds, illustrated by Rhian Nest James; contents 'Grandma's Surprise; 'The Mango Tree'; 'Presents'; 'Who Did It?', Heinemann
1996
Presents, illustrated by Rhian Nest James, Heinemann
1996
Grandma's Surprise, illustrated by Rhian Nest James, Heinemann
1996
Fine Feathered Friend, illustrated by Carole Walters, Heinemann
1995
The Temple by the Sea, Ginn
1995
Grandpa's Indian Summer, illustrated by Mei-Yim Low, Methuen Children's Books
1994
The Eye of the Horse, Methuen Children's Books
1994
Deadly Friend, illustrated by Pat Ludlow, Heinemann
1993
The Girl Who Rode on a Lion, illustrated by Katinka Kew, Ginn
1993
Grandpa Chatterji, illustrated by Mei-Yim Low, Methuen Children's Books
1992
The Wheel of Surya, Methuen Children's Books
1991
Kamla and Kate Again, Methuen Children's Books
1990
I Want to be an Angel, Methuen Children's Books
1989
The Singing Bowls, Methuen Children's Books
1987
Three Indian Princesses, contents: 'Princess Savitri'; 'Princess Damayanti'; 'Princess Sita', Methuen Children's Books
1987
Hideaway, illustrated by Jane Bottomley, Methuen Children's Books
1986
Stories from the Hindu World, illustrated by Joanna Troughton, MacDonald
1986
Ali and the Robots, illustrated by Sally Williams, Methuen Children's Books
1984
Digital Dan, illustrated by Patrice Aitken, Methuen Children's Books
1983
Kamla and Kate, Methuen Children's Books
1982
Double Dare and other stories, illustrated by Simon Willby, Methuen Children's Books
1979
The Orange Tree and other stories, illustrated by Ossie Murray; republished as 'The Magic Orange Tree and other stories',1987, Methuen Children's Books

Awards

2001
Richard Imison Memorial Award, The God at the Gate, radio play
2000
Whitbread Children's Book Award, Coram Boy
1997
Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, The Track of the Wind, shortlist
1994
Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, The Eye of the Horse, shortlist
1993
Nestlé Smarties Book Prize, Grandpa Chatterji, shortlist
1993
Children's Book Award, The Wheel of Surya
1992
Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, The Wheel of Surya, special runner-up