About me

Born in 1943, I'm the second of the five children of the popular author, Verily Anderson. I began my working life in journalism and have worked for BBC radio, newspapers and women's magazines. For ten years I was a children's book reviews editor for 'Good Housekeeping'. I won the Medical Journalists Award in 1990.

My first novel, Pineapple, was published with Jonathan Cape, in 1965. After three more books for adults I graduated to fiction for a younger readership. I've now about 50 books for children and 'nearly-adults', with translations into a dozen languages.

Rachel Anderson with some of her grandchildren.
Me and some of my grandchildren.

Many of my books have been for, or about, young people with learning disability. Most recently, my stories have also featured children forced to flee their country of origin and try to seek shelter in Europe.

I was married for 45 year to David Bradby, writer and translator. He died in 2011. I have seven grandchildren ages from one to 16, eight nephews and 17 nieces.