Mary Hoffman has had nearly 90 books published for children and teenagers – everything from picturebooks like Amazing Grace, Three Wise Women, An Angel Just Like Me, The Colour of Home and Princess Grace, to junior novels like The four-legged Ghosts and series books like Dracula’s Daughter, to many re-tellings like The Macmillan Treasury of Nursery Tales, to full-length teenage fantasy like the Stravaganza series and historical novels like The Falconer’s Knot. Mary was the youngest of three daughters and now has three grown-up daughters of her own. Her childhood was full of stories, from regular attendance at “Saturday morning pictures” in the 1950s, weekly visits to the turreted local library, which she thought was a fairy castle, to being read to by every member of the family until she taught herself to do it at the age of four. After a rebellious period at school, she read English Literature at Cambridge and Linguistics at UCL. She married Stephen Barber in 1972, because he was as interested in mythology as she was – and very handsome. Her first book, White Magic, was published by Rex Collings in 1975 with the encouragement of Richard Adams, the author of Watership Down. Mary has been represented by RCW since 1985. Her picture books and re-tellings are mainly published by Frances Lincoln and her teenage fiction by Bloomsbury and her books are translated into 30 foreign languages. Mary Hoffman was made an Honorary Fellow of the Library Association in 1998. She is an Italophile and many of her books are set in Italy.