Sally Gardner, the daughter of lawyers, grew up in London's Gray's Inn. Her severe dyslexia was undiagnosed until she was twelve and she didn't learn to read until she was fourteen. In spite of this, she was awarded a place at St Martin's School of Art where she gained a first class honours degree in Theatre Design.
She worked as a theatre designer at the Royal Court Theatre, the National Theatre and the Coliseum. She moved from set design to costume design and worked on many operas in Europe.
She considers her observation of audiences' reactions to the plays gave her an insight into story-telling. After the birth of her three children she turned to illustration until a wise editor at Orion Books suggested she write a full length novel for 9-11 year olds. This was I, Coriander which won the Smarties Prize in 2005.
Sally went on to write acclaimed books for children and young adults, and her YA novel, Maggot Moon (2012), won both the Costa Children's Book Award and the CLIP Carnegie Medal in 2013. In 2016 her first adult book, An Almond for a Parrot, was published. The Weather Woman, set in late 18thcentury London and Paris, is her fourth book for adults.
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