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Sally Gardner

Sally Gardner is a children’s author who won the Costa Children’s Book prize and Carnegie Medal in 2013 with her novel, Maggot Moon. She said:

“Audio for me is completely essential. I have done nearly all my learning through my ears and I want to spread the message of the marvels of listening to more and more young people. We are story hungry animals and audio feeds that beast very well.”

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Sally Gardner smiling at the camera with a window in the background.

Jenny Eclair

Jenny Eclair is a comedian, actor, and the author of 4 books. Her latest book, Inheritance, is released August 1st 2019. She said:

“I’m really pleased to be involved with Listening Books. I think providing audiobooks for those who have a problem reading for whatever reason is an invaluable and life enhancing service. Everyone should have access to stories, we all need to escape from reality now and then, and if your everyday reality is tough then it’s even more vital."

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Jenny Eclair smiling at the camera.

Bali Rai

Bali Rai is the author of over 35 children’s and young adult books including the GCSE set-text Rani & Sukh. He said:

“I was absolutely honoured to be asked to become an ambassador for Listening Books. I think it’s vital that all people in the UK, regardless of ability, have access to literature, and that’s why this project matters so much, and why I’m very proud to be supporting this project."

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Bali Rai smiling at the camera.

Kit de Waal

Kit de Waal is the award-winning author of three books, including My Name is Leon. She is also the editor of Common People, an anthology of working class authors. She said:

“I am a devotee of audiobooks. They reach you in a different way- not better, just different and for anyone who struggles with reading or holding a book, they are brilliant. Plus they are the only books you can read with your eyes closed."

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Kit de Waal looking to the left and smiling.