About Rachel



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Rachel Hamilton

Rachel Hamilton studied at Oxford and Cambridge and has put her education to good use by working in an ad agency, a secondary school, a building site and a men’s prison. Her interests are books, films, stand-up comedy and cake, and she loves to make people laugh, especially when it’s intentional rather than accidental.

Rachel’s debut novel, The Case of the Exploding Loo, was runner up in the 2013 Emirates Festival of Literature First Fiction Competition and shortly afterwards she was offered a two book deal by Simon and Schuster.

The Case of the Exploding Loo went on to be nominated for the Redbridge Children’s Book Awards 2015 and the Leeds Book Awards 2015,  and to win the Worcestershire Awesomest Book Award 2015 and the Ossett Riveting Read Award 2016.

She is also the author of the Unicorn in New York series, published by OUP in the UK and soon to be published in the US by Scholastic. The first book in the series, Louie Lets Loose, was chosen as part of the 2016 Big Read, Summer Reading Programme.

Rachel took part in the Dubai Comedy Festival 2015 as part of the ‘Funny Girls’ stand up tour, and was awarded Emirates Woman of the Year (Artist) in 2015. She currently divides her time between the UK and the UAE, creating funny books for 7 to 13 year-olds.