Jenny Nimmo (1944- )

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Jenny Nimmo was born on 15 Januari 1944 in Windsor. She had a lonely childhood. She was an only child and her father died when she was five so there was just her and her mother at home. She grew up on her uncle's free-range chicken farm surrounded by chickens. Jenny was sent away to boarding school when she was only six. She hated it, but was happier after the age of 11, when she went to a secondary school where she was encouraged to become an actress. Her guardian's wife was the famous dancer, Dame Ninette de Valois, so she was taken to the ballet a lot too. Jenny has always loved reading and writing. She read all the books in the junior school library and had to beg permission to join the senior school library when she was only nine. The librarian wore a key on a string around her neck and had to unlock the door especially for Jenny! Her own stories were often violent and, if possible, there was always a dead body in them! Jenny used to entertain her school friends by telling creepy stories after lights out in the dormitory. Jenny Nimmo has been an actor, researcher, floor-manager and script editor for children’s television. Jenny now lives in an old water mill in a remote part of Wales with her husband, who is an artist, and her three children. She can only start her writing when she has fed all the chickens, rabbits and cats! She writes in a soft, 3B pencil and rewrites and edits as she goes along. When she's sure she has made all the changes, she lets her husband read the story and then types it up for her publisher on an old typewriter.


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Emlyn's Moon

The Chestnut Soldier

Delilah and the Dogspell

Delilah and the Dishwasher Dogs

Delilah Alone

The Box Boys and the Bonfire Cat

The Box Boys and the Dog in the Mist

The Box Boys and the Fairground Ride

The Box Boys and the Magic Shell

Midnight for Charlie Bone

The Time Twister

The Blue Boa

The Castle of Mirrors

The Bronze Trumpeter

Orchard of the Crescent Moon

The Bears Will Get You

Jupiter Boots


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Rainbow and Mr. Zed

The Breadwitch

The Stone Mouse

The Witches and the Singing Mice

Wilfred's Wolf

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Granny Grimm's Gruesome Glasses

Ronnie and the Giant Millipede

Alien on the 99th Floor

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Seth and the Strangers

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The Rinaldi Ring

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Toby in the Dark

The Dog Star

Milo's Wolves

Tom and the Pterosaur

Something Wonderful

The Strongest Girl in the World

Branwen: Legends from Wales

The Night of the Unicorn
King Arthur