I was inspired to write my first book What on Earth Happened? (Bloomsbury 2008) while home-educating my two daughters, and it has now sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide and been translated into 15 languages. In 2010, I founded What on Earth Publishing, along with illustrator Andy Forshaw, as we wanted to try and help young people (and adults) learn about the real world in a more interconnected way. This led to our series of world history timeline Wallbooks, that fold out to tell the stories of history, nature, science, sport and Shakespeare. In 2015, Andy and I teamed up with Sir Robert Worcester (founder of market research company MORI International) and U.S. publisher Nancy Feresten to build the business in the US and overseas. I divide my time between writing, speaking (at schools and literary festivals) and giving lectures on tours all over the world. When I’m not working, you can usually find me gardening, walking our two dogs Flosse and Millie, or snoozing in my hammock!