(born November 1961 - ) - Edinburgh
Nicola Morgan studied Classics and Philosophy at Cambridge University, before becoming an English teacher at a small school. Working with children with dyslexia and other reading and writing difficulties inspired her to set up Magic Readers, a pre-school scheme to encourage parents and children to enjoy reading activities together. By 1999, the success of Magic Readers led to the development of the Child Literacy Centre website, and the success of her early learning books enabled her to leave teaching and write full-time.
She has written over 50 early learning books, including several Thomas the Tank Engine stories, and many of her children's non-fiction books remain best-sellers. But she always wanted to write fiction and her first - and favourite - novel, Mondays are Red, was published in 2002. Morgan also writes non-fiction, notably Blame My Brain, a guide for parents and their children to understanding the teenage brain. Blame My Brain was nominated for the Royal Society's Aventis Junior Prize for Science Books.
Nicola lives in Edinburgh and London, and continues to write. Her most recent novel is Wasted.
- Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed - Paperback
Nicola Morgan's accessible and humourous examination of the ups and downs of the teenage brain deals with powerful emotions, the need for more sleep, the urge to take risks, the difference between genders, the reasons behind addiction and depression, and what lies ahead.
- Curses - Paperback
Do you believe in curses? From Tutankhamum's tomb to the Curse of Superman, Nicola Morgan offers a fascinating and light-hearted look at how curses work and why people believe in them.
- Deathwatch - Paperback
Someone is watching Cat McPherson. Is it a young schizophrenic, a retired scientist, or Cat's ex-boyfriend? Or it could be someone else entirely. An obsession with insects seems to link them all. And Cat hates insects. She's easy prey, especially as she has given away so much on an internet site which her parents have forbidden her to use.
- The Highwayman's Curse - Paperback
On the run from the redcoats, the two young highwaymen, Will and Bess, find themselves in Galloway, Scotland, blamed for a murder they did not commit. Here they are captured by smugglers and become embroiled in a story of hatred and revenge that goes back for generations, to the days of the Killing Times.
- Know Your Brain - Paperback
Nicola Morgan explains how the brain functions and how to make it work in the best possible way. With sections on intelligence and genius, dyslexia and autism, and keeping the brain fit and healthy, this book explores the marvellous thing that makes us who we are.
- The Passion Flower Massacre - Paperback
Matilda longs for freedom, to escape from her over-protective parents and a painful childhood. Working on a Devon fruit farm after leaving school seems to offer the perfect opportunity. Paradise, in fact. But is it too perfect?
- Wasted - Paperback
Jack worships luck and decides his actions by the flip of a coin. No risk is too great if the coin demands it. Luck brings him Jess, a beautiful singer who will change his life. But Jack's luck is running out, and soon the stakes are high. As chance and choice unravel, the risks of Jack's game become terrifyingly clear.
- Write To Be Published - Paperback
Nicola Morgan is a prolific, award-winning author of around 90 books. Here she reveals the workings of publishers' minds and whips your work into shape with humour and honesty.
- Mondays are Red - 2002
- Fleshmarket - 2003
- Sleepwalking - 2004
- Chicken Friend - 2005
- Blame My Brain - 2005
- The Passion Flower Massacre - 2005
- The Leaving Home Survival Guide - 2005
- The Highwayman's Footsteps - 2006
- The Highwayman's Curse - 2007
- Know Your Brain - 2007
- Curses - 2008
- Deathwatch - 2009
- Wasted - 2010
- Write to be Published - 2011
- Nicola Morgan's Homepage
- Child Literacy Centre
- Nicola Morgan's writing blog
- Nicola Morgan at BRAW
- British Council Contemporary Writers