Beverley Naidoo joined the resistance to apartheid as a student in South Africa, leading to detention without trial and exile. She began writing while working as a teacher in Britain. Her first novel, Journey to Jo’burg, was originally banned in South Africa but opened a window for children elsewhere.
She won the Carnegie Medal for The Other Side of Truth. She received the US African Studies Association Children’s Book Award for No Turning Back, Out of Bounds (short stories with Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu), Burn My Heart and Who is King?. In Cinderella of the Nile, she retells a 2000-year-old version from ancient Egypt. Widely translated, she has been a nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Beverley lives in Dorset.