Lynne Reid Banks was born in London in 1929 and spent World War II on the Canadian prairies as a "war guest." On returning home, she studied drama and acted for five years. She then went into journalism, becoming the first woman TV news reporter in Britain in 1955. In 1960 her first novel, The L-Shaped Room, was published, and it was later filmed. In 1962 she emigrated to Israel, where she married, had three sons, and spent eight years living on a kibbutz and teaching English. She returned to London with her family in 1971 and since then has written nearly forty books, mainly novels for adults and young readers, including the award-winning Indian in the Cupboard series; the two Harry the Poisonous Centipede books; I, Houdini; The Farthest-Away Mountain; and The Fairy Rebel. Her latest novel is The Dungeon. She lives in a three-hundred-year-old farmhouse in Dorset, England, with her husband. She often travels and visits schools at home and abroad.Banks, Lynne Reid is the author of 'I, Houdini The Autobiography of a Self Educated Hamster' with ISBN 9780440419242 and ISBN 0440419247.