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Ben Manley

Ben Manley

I write picture books, short stories and more.
I'm also a copywriter and web designer.


Ben is a writer and designer. His work is full of humour and heart with a touch of the gothic – as weird and wonderful as an atticful of vampire hamsters.

Ben graduated from Cambridge with a degree in English, but spent most of his time there putting on plays and mucking about.

Since then, he has written and performed at the Battersea Arts Centre, Riverside Studios and the Edinburgh Festival.

His debut picture book, The Misadventures of Frederick, was published by Two Hoots and was illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, one of Britain’s best loved children’s illustrators. It was longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award and won the Teach Primary Book Award for KS1.

Ben’s picture books have been amongst the Times Children’s Books of the Year, Guardian Children’s Books of the Month and Sunday Times Ones to Watch and have been published around the world in multiple languages. (Turns out the Dutch word for ‘Pipsqueak’ is ‘Ukkepukkie’.)

Ben also works as a copywriter and web designer. He lives in Norwich with his wife and two children.