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Enid Richemont

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Enid Richemont

  • 5 stars across 24 books
    Although I've lived for most of my life in north London, I was born and grew up in South Wales. My mum read to me a great deal,and I think it was from her that I developed my love of language. I also enjoyed drawing and painting, and eventually won a scholarship to study at Dublin College of Art.

    When I came back from Eire, I first worked as a teacher in a Rudolf Steiner school. Then I came to London and took a number of strange jobs, including reading aloud to a blind writer and typing out his manuscript. The typewriter I'd hired to do this had some paid-for time left, so I used it to write a short story which I sold to a women's magazine. It became the first of many, and the beginning of a successful career. While my children were growing up, I stopped writing, and started a small design business, making screen-printed puppet theatres, flying saucers and playhouses that looked like medieval battle tents.

    Work took us to Paris, where we lived for two years, and where, incidentally, I first encountered the Romanian gipsy girl who features in my novel, FOR MARITSA WITH LOVE (Simon&Schuster).

    My first children's book, THE TIME TREE (Walker Books) grew out of a story I told my daughter and her best friend to pass the time on a very long walk (the original idea came from a TV programme I'd watched about teaching children with hearing problems). The girls begged me to write it down so that they could read it for themselves - so I did. This book is currently being marketed as a film series by Wild Thyme Productions.

    TO SUMMON A SPIRIT (Walker Books), was one of the Pick of the Year titles listed in the Children's Book Award. I'm now published in the USA and Australia as well as the UK, and my work has been translated into Danish, German and Japanese.

    My first book for Franklin Watts was PLOP CITY, a book about bird poo which continues to be loved, especially by small boys. I have two copies of the Arabic version
    8th January 2013

    Hopscotch Twisty Tales: Princess Frog

    In this new twist on the traditional fairy tale the princess is bored of her princess duties and clothes, she longs fo... More

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    10th March 2016

    Froglets: Animal Olympics: Lizzie Lizard's Long Jump

    Lizzie Lizard is great at leaping! She knows she can win the Long Jump if she can get in enough practice. Can she lea... More

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    8th May 2018

    Reading Champion: One Hundred Wishes: Independent Reading Gold 9

    Miserable, old Stan lives on his own, just counting his money. And when his fairy godmother grants him three wishes, a... More

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    1st February 2009

    Leapfrog: Sticky Vickie

    The prince will only marry someone who can make him laugh. How can the wise witch's sticky present help Vickie to win hi... More

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    24th February 2011

    Hopscotch Twisty Tales: Brownilocks and The Three Bowls of Cornflakes

    In this classic twist on the traditional fairy tale meet Brownilocks the bear. She's hungry while she's out for a walk i... More

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    24th August 2006

    Jack The Fearless

    Jack has always dreamed of being a knight... but is he brave enough to fight the great dragon? ... More

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    24th August 2006

    Plop City

    When the birds get into the Mayor's garden, they peck up all the seeds... and when they fly over the city, they spread... More

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    6th November 2014

    Princess Frog

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