Simon Packham read drama at Manchester University. He was a stand-up comedian
and then an actor for twenty years (if you didn't blink you might have caught him on
The Bill, or standing next to Dame Judy Dench in a mask) before becoming a writer.
He has published four previous books with Piccadilly, all about children who attend
the fictional St Thomas's Community College. He is married to a headmistress, and has two teenage children who both give him invaluable advice on his writing.
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