Susie Day grew up in Penarth, Wales, with a lisp and a really unfortunate choice of first name.Her many careers have included guiding tourists, professional nappy-changing, teaching small people how many beans make five and taller people how to interrogate the beans from a post-structuralist perspective, and herding boarding school students – but she always wanted to be a writer.

Her first book, Whump! in which Bill falls 632 miles down a manhole, won the BBC Talent Children’s fiction prize, and was published in 2004.She firmly believes in the dictum ‘write what you know’, which is why her latest books are about spending too much time on the internet, cake, and helpless romantic flailitude.

Susie now lives in Oxford, England, and drinks a lot of tea.