Jill Barklem

Jill Barklem was born as Gillian Gaze in Epping on 23 May, 1951. She was educated at Loughton High School. After an accident when she was thirteen resulting in a detached retina, she was unable to take part in PE or games at school and instead developed her talent in drawing and art. On leaving school, she studied illustration at St Martins in London.

After she graduated, she became an illustrator for children’s bibles. Jill got married to David Barklem in 1977, they had two children. Her husband suggested that she should turn her ideas into a book. Jill became a full-time illustrator. She worked on expanding series of books about the mice of Brambly Hedge. She spent five years on research before she started to write her first stories.

Jill Barklem died in London, aged 66, on 15th November, 2017 – following a long undisclosed illness.

Jill Barklem Books

  1. The Brambly Hedge Library 8 Books Box Set By Jill Barklem



    Jill Barklem

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