Rachel Hamilton’s first children’s book, THE CASE OF THE EXPLODING LOO, won a Montegrappa First Fiction award at the 2013 Emirates Festival of Literature and the competition judge, Luigi Bonomi, became Rachel’s literary agent the following week. Within a month, Rachel had a two book deal with Simon & Schuster.
Rachel is a graduate of both Oxford University and Cambridge University and has put her education to good use by working in an advertising agency, a comprehensive school, a building site and a men’s prison. She developed a passion for story-telling as an English teacher when she discovered it was the perfect way to get her students to stop talking and listen to her.
Rachel now divides her time between the UK and Dubai, creating funny books for 9 to 13 year-olds and talking to young people about the joys of reading and writing. Rachel loves to make people laugh, especially when it’s intentional rather than accidental.