Nicolette Jones is a writer, critic and broadcaster, specialising in literary
and arts journalism, who has worked for national newspapers and the book trade
press. She has been the Children’s Books Reviewer of The Sunday Times for more
than two decades, and in 2012 was shortlisted for the Eleanor Farjeon Award for
distinguished service to the world of children’s books. She is experienced in
radio and television, and a professional chair of adults’ and children’s events
(at, for instance, Cheltenham, Oxford and Charleston literary festivals).
Interviewees have included Margaret Atwood, Joan Bakewell, Vince Cable, Richard
Ford, Elizabeth Jane Howard, John Humphrys, Erica Jong, Michael Morpurgo and
Philip Pullman.

She collaborated with Channel Four to produce the Nation’s 50 Favourite
Children’s Books presented by David Walliams in December 2015 and wrote the
accompanying Sunday Times digital supplement. Her choice of the 100 Best
Children’s Books of the Past 10 Years has been on The Sunday Times online since
October 2014.

She is a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Kings College, London 2016-17,
as she was at University College, London 2010-12 and in summer 2013. From
2010-13 she was Director of the children’s/young adult programme at the Oxford
Literary Festival, and Consultant Director for the programme in 2014.

Her double award-winning book about the Victorian philanthropist Samuel Plimsoll
and his campaign on behalf of sailors, The Plimsoll Sensation (Little,
Brown/Abacus), was a Radio 4 Book of the Week (see home page for reviews). She
also co-authored, with writer and illustrator Raymond Briggs, an anthology of
his work: Blooming Books (Cape).

Originally from Leeds, she was a Scholar at St Hilda’s College and winner of a
Violet Vaughan Morgan Prize for English Literature at Oxford. Offered three
American scholarships (to Yale, Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania), she
chose to spend a year as a Henry Fellow in the Graduate School of English at
Yale University.