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

"A heart-stopping adventure with thrills and twists, codes and puzzles, underpinned by an intense evocation of the natural world"
So thrilled to see The Longest Night of Charlie Noon chosen as one of the 100 Best Summer Reads in The Sunday Times @ST_Culture today!

Son’s debut in print 😊
@MaryAliceEvans @kidslitfest

I love magic -but this gif is just insane! No idea...

I rarely tag people asking them to share something but I’m trying to tell as many teachers about our club boxes as possible (tweet above). Would really appreciate any RTs... @OC @perditact @mossmontmomery @rosswelford @gnorthfield @LaraWilliamson @alexbellos @benlyt @gregjames

#Jelly won an award!! Thank you so much to everyone involved in @Reading_Rampage - organisers, staff, students and fellow authors. I had the BEST day! What a treat and a total surprise to win 🤩 #ReadingRampageLeicester @PiccadillyPress

Torn apart: the vicious war over young adult books

Exciting day in Leicester today for #ReadingRampageLeicester - 8 of our 10 Authors will be visiting 6 Host Schools
@LeicesterWiT @leicesterlibrar @MidlandsCLS
@annevansauthor @jocotterillbook @rosswelford @abriggswriter @AdamBaron5 @emmac2603 @MitchAuthor Karen Moncrieffe

For World Refugee Week I have compiled a list of middle grade books on this theme. The Dog who Saved the World by @rosswelford feature a character who is a refugee. #RefugeeWeek2019

Very important new poster I stuck up in town today. Have decided it's time for a career change

The Longest Night of Charlie Noon is the Children's Book of the Week in The Times! So thrilled and thanks so much @aoconnell for these words.

Here's the soundtrack to The Longest Night of Charlie Noon in case you'd like to listen as you read. Each chapter has its own track, so track one equals chapter one and so on. #TheLongestNightOfCharlieNoon

ICYMI earlier this week here's my review of Special Delivery by Jonathan Meres illustrated by Hannah Coulson - and links to helpful lists of dementia in children’s books Book out now!

You love children’s books? This book’s for you. You’re too grownup for children’s books? This is for you. You’re an editor of a publication that reviews only adult books? I’ll bloody buy this book for you. Go to your independent bookshop & get this book immediately#wysrcbetyasoaw