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; his third book – The 1,000-year-old Boy – was published in January 2018 by HarperCollins Children’s Books and will be followed by a fourth standalone novel scheduled for 2019.

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

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This super book was voted onto our top picks of the year by readers aged 10+. A story about a boy who has defied time and not aged for 1000 years. It is increasingly difficult in a modern world to hide his secret so he has to confront it head on. @rosswelford @HarperCollinsCh

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