Sara Barnard

Sara Barnard is the author of Beautiful Broken Things (a Zoella Book Club pick), A Quiet Kind of Thunder, and the forthcoming Goodbye, Perfect (out February 8, 2018 by Macmillan Children's Books). Sara lives in Brighton and does all her best writing on trains. She has been writing ever since she was too small to reach the 'on' switch on the family Amstrad computer. She gets her love of words from her dad, who made sure she always had books to read.

  • These Words Matter: Sara Barnard

    I can’t remember when I first read my first Sweet Valley book. You’d think, given all the things I’m about to say about this life-shaping series, that I’d remember every detail of my first journey into this sunbleached piece of American perfection, but I don’t. What I have is this sense of always reading Sweet Valley Twins books, in that same way you always played with Sylvanian families or Lego; it was just a part of your life, until that day when it wasn’t. The end of something beloved in childhood has a clarity; a shape. The beginning is, at best, blurred. I loved Sweet Valley with the ardent passion…