Holly Jackson’s first novel, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, has become the UK’s bestselling YA and children’s debut of 2019 and is a #1 New York Times bestseller, and has spent a massive seventeen weeks and counting in the NYT bestseller charts! It has won the National Book Award for Children's Book of the Year in 2020, Waterstones Children's Book of the Year, longlisted for the Branford Boase, and was a Waterstones Paperback of the Year. It was an Observer Book of the Year and WH Smith Thumping Good Read. It was published in the UK and in the US and has been translated in many other languages around the world. The sequel, Good Girl, Bad Blood will be released in 2020.
Holly Jackson was born in 1992. She grew up in Buckinghamshire and started writing stories from a young age, completing her first attempt at a novel aged fifteen. She graduated from the University of Nottingham with a 1st class degree and a master’s in English, focusing on literary linguistics and creative writing. She lives in London and her hobbies include binge-playing video games and pointing out grammatical errors in street signs.
Books in order of publication:
A Good Girls Guide to Murder (2019)
Good Girl, Bad Blood (2020)
In praise of Holly Jackson:
'As nail-biting, taut and pacy as her first book' Guardian Book of the Month
'A taut, compulsively readable, elegantly plotted thriller' Guardian
'Jackson ensnares readers in another highly addictive web, woven from the dark shadows of small-town secrets.’ The Observer
'There is a lot to really enjoy in this story and there is great energy to the writing, as well as some fine characterization.' Peter James, award-winning and no.1 bestselling crime thriller author of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series
‘A twisty, compelling UK debut’ The Bookseller
‘Jackson’s debut is well-executed and surprises readers with a connective web of interesting characters and motives’ Kirkus
‘Dark, dangerous and intricately plotted – my heart literally pounded. I haven’t been this addicted to anything since Serial. Holly Jackson is the next big thing, I promise. (Laura Steven, author of The Exact Opposite of Okay)
'A fiendishly-plotted mystery that kept me guessing until the very end.'- Laura Purcell, bestselling author of The Silent Companions