Jamila Gavin was born in Mussoorie, India, to an Indian father and an English mother. The family settled in England where Jamila completed her schooling, studied music, worked for the BBC and became a mother of two. She began writing to reflect the multicultural world in which she and her children lived.
Her first book, The Magic Orange Tree was published in 1979. Other publications include: Grandpa Chatterji (shortlisted for the Smarties Award and dramatised for Channel 4 schools TV); and The Wheel of Surya (1992 Guardian Children’s Fiction Award runner-up). Her novel for young adults, Coram Boy, was published to critical acclaim in 2000 and won the Children’s Whitbread Award. Her latest publication is a collection of brand new fairy tales, Blackberry Blue. Jamila lives in Gloucestershire.