A former broadcast journalist and special adviser to the Prime Minister, since leaving politics Joanna Nadin has written more than seventy books for children and Young Adults. She is the author of the bestselling Rachel Riley diaries, the award-winning Penny Dreadful series, the Flying Fergus series (with Sir Chris Hoy), and the Carnegie Prize-nominated Joe All Alone, which has been adapted for the BBC. She is a winner of the Fantastic Book award, has been named Blue Peter 'Book of the Month' and Radio 4 Open Book 'Book of the Year', has thrice been shortlisted for the Queen of Teen award, while Spies, Dad, Big Lauren and Me was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. In 2011, Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny prize. The Queen of Bloody Everything is her first novel for adults.