Alison is a full-time freelance writer. She has been writing books for schools and libraries since 1998. She writes fiction and non-fiction for children aged four to fourteen and has written over 300 titles to date. These range from books with no words to those with over 5,000.

She has had books published by most major UK educational publishers, such as OUP and Pearson, as well as by smaller, more specialist publishers. Her books are sold world-wide and some have been translated into French and Chinese.

Alison travelling in Alaska


Previously, she has been an infant teacher, a classroom assistant, a playgroup helper, a respite carer and a literacy tutor for teenagers.

She grew up by the sea in Cornwall but now lives between the Downs and the sea in Sussex. When she has the time, she loves to go travelling to faraway places with her husband.

New to Collins Big Cat

Another beautifully illustrated non-fiction reader for this phonic series.

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New books for Read Write Inc

12 new readers for this popular series, in full colour throughout.

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New non-fiction

Tools and Animals is part of an exciting new non-fiction strandĀ called inFact, available now from OUP.

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Even more international readers

These three titles form part of a new wave of international readersĀ for the popular Cambridge Reading Adventures series.

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