Peter Kent taught history before becoming a full time writer and illustrator 25 years ago. His first book was a weighty tome on fortifications quickly followed by a picture book about a one-legged inventor. Since then he has written and illustrated 24 more books, all children’s non fiction. These have been published in over 70 foreign editions in 18 different languages. The most exotic of these is Georgian.
He has won awards from the Scientific American and American National Council of Social Studies and twice been shortlisted by the Dutch Stichting Nederlandse Kinderjury.
His favourite review is from Anne Widdecombe who wrote in The Guardian that she, as prisons’ minister, would be buying Behind Bars for all her young godchildren.
He lives in Norwich which apparently is to become the City of Literature.