Jon Blake (author)

Jon Blake (born 1954 in Mortimer, Berkshire) [1] is the author of over sixty works for children and teenagers. He was brought up in Southampton and has lived in Cardiff since 1987.

Jon Blake
Mortimer, Berkshire

His works include the picture book "You're A Hero, Daley B" (illustrated by Axel Scheffler, worldwide sales of over 200,000), as well as "Little Stupendo", which was shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award.[2]

In 1995 Jon's TV play 'Life' was shortlisted for a Writers Guild Award, while in 2002 he won a BBC Talent award [3] for his adult radio sitcom "Degrees R Us", which was broadcast on BBC Radio Wales. In 2017 'Thimble Monkey Superstar', featuring a narrator with cerebral palsy based on Jon's son, was shortlisted for the Lollies (Laugh Out Loud awards).[4] 'Thimble Monkey Superstar', published by Cardiff's Firefly Press,[5] was the eighth of Jon's books to be illustrated by Martin Chatterton.[6]

Jon is particularly noted for original and anarchic humour,[7] typified by "Stinky Finger's House of Fun" and the subsequent "House of Fun" series illustrated by David Roberts. However, he has also written radical young adult fiction, such as anti-privatisation thriller "The Last Free Cat".[8] and an adult novel, '69ers', based on the 1969 (Bob Dylan) Isle of Wight Festival.[9]


  1. ^ "The author – The Last Free Cat". 10 March 2008.
  2. ^ "Private Site".
  3. ^ "BBC - Press Office - Entertainment programme ideas".
  4. ^ "Announcing the Lollies shortlist!".
  5. ^ "Firefly Press: Independent UK Children's & YA Book Publisher".
  6. ^ "Martin Chatterton".
  7. ^ "Blake, Jon 1954– |".
  8. ^ "Reviews – The Last Free Cat". 11 March 2008.
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