Ross Welford

Ross Welford


Ross Welford was a journalist and television producer before becoming a full-time writer. He lives in London with his wife, children, a border collie, a hamster, and several tropical fish.

Ross is the author of Time Travelling With A Hamster, a thrilling, funny and heart-warming middle-grade novel that tells the story of a boy’s quest to live up to his dad’s memory, and of a second book, entitled What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible, a beautiful and funny novel about a child who can turn invisible at will; The 1,000-year-old Boy – was published in January 2018 by HarperCollins Children’s Books; his fourth book, The Dog Who Saved the World, came out in January 2019, followed by The Kid Who Came From Space, which was published in January 2020, also by HarperCollins Children’s Books. When We Got Lost in Dreamland came out in January 2021 in a beautiful hardback edition, followed by the paperback in September 2021.

An astounding debut success, Time Travelling with a Hamster has been shortlisted for no fewer than 14 of the country’s biggest children’s book prizes, including the Costa, the Blue Peter, the Branford Boase, and the Waterstones Prize and it was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. It was Waterstones Book of the month upon publication and it won the Awesome Book Award in 2017.

Ross Welford @rosswelford

Come and see me if you are in wonderful Wokingham!

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Queue is such a great word. The actual important letter, and then four more silently waiting behind it in a line.

This is exciting! I’m very pleased that #IntoTheSidewaysWorld is nominated for this award along with some other great titles. Thank you!

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I'm over the moon to discover that The Highland Falcon Thief has been nominated for the Sakura Medal in Japan!

I dedicated this to all the teachers who helped our kids through lockdown. Best of luck for the new term! ⁦@HarperCollinsCh⁩ ⁦@Taffyagent⁩

SPARK is published in bookshops across the UK TODAY! I hope this story soars in your imagination & makes you smile. I had tremendous fun writing it. If you've already read it & feel like being kind, pop a review on the Waterstones website or Amazon, or both! It would make my day.

How lovely to be back at a book launch - and “Spark” will be a sensation!

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💥COVER REVEAL!💥How fabulous is @GeryRdz’s cover for SAVING NEVERLAND, my modern reimagining of JM Barrie’s classic, PETER PAN?! This is Neverland as u’ve never seen it before. Think snowtigers, frostbears & a wooly mammoth called Armageddon. @PuffinBooks

Right - need to do something positive to counteract all the horrid, so may I have your ear for a mo? 🧵

Mindful that we have horribly difficult times ahead, I've been thinking what I can usefully do. I know that in times of hardship, creativity can be a first """luxury""" to go.

If you enjoyed Twitch, I think you’ll love Spark 🥰🦅

Have you read #ABeginnersGuideToRulingTheGalaxy yet? Don't be the last one in the universe! It's getting OUT OF THIS WORLD reviews – like this one from @rosswelford. 🪐🚀

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Thanks to @rosswelford for this excellent review for #ABeginnersGuideToRulingTheGalaxy! 🌟

This brilliantly funny new story from @DavidSolomons2 is out now. Get it here:

Readers will be whisked into the past and catapulted into the future through the pages of our selection of 5 books involving time travel. Find our Summer of Reading booklist and children’s challenge at

I gave a copy of Nisha's War to a friend who doesn't read children's books ... and had the best reaction ever. She loved it, and thanked me for opening her eyes to a whole world of books she had never considered reading.

Adults can enjoy children's books too. Fact.


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