Kw-logo-smaller

Jon Berkeley Biography

Jon Berkeley wrote and illustrated The Palace of Laughter.
Courtesy of HarperCollins

Born: 1962
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

A magical world of orphans, circuses and angels exists in Jon Berkeley's mind - and he's sharing it with us for the first time! Get the inside scoop on the author who brought us The Palace of Laughter.

Jon Berkeley - Irish Lad, Worldly Wanderer

Jon Berkeley was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and says he went to a school where "you were only allowed go to the bathroom if you asked in Irish." His love of art led him to study at the National College of Art and Design. From there he went to work as an illustrator in Hong Kong, Barcelona, London and Sydney.

Jon Berkeley - Getting Kiddie With It

Jon worked as an illustrator for twenty years before turning his hand to writing. He wrote Chopsticks in 2004, a story about the friendship between a mouse and a dragon, and his first novel, The Palace of Laughter, is in bookshops now! Jon currently lives in Spain with his wife and their five kids, five cats and a "small colony of stick insects."

Jon Berkeley - The Palace of Laughter

Jon says he wrote a lot of The Palace of Laughter in his head while walking the dog, who, he points out, is not a great conversationalist. It's a story of a young orphan whose life takes a dramatic turn when the circus rolls into town. The book is the first in a new book series called The Wednesday Tales, so there's a lot more from Jon Berkeley coming your way!

Related Stories:

  • Book Review - The Palace of Laughter
  • Book Review - Fly By Night
  • Book Review - Dudes, The School is Haunted
  • More Great Reads and Authors!
  • >
    >

    readers voted!

    Comments

    there are 0 comments

    Please login or register to add comments

    share with your friends


    Twitter Facebook Myspace Digg


    like this article?
    Sign up now to get more just like!

    latest videos

    F1157067350984

    Fave Book Genre?

    • Mystery.
    • Drama.
    • Fantasy/Sci-Fi.
    • Comedy.

    related stories

    Random in the forums

    egyptiscool
    "shae508" wrote: "Damara" wrote: No. xD /licks a snail and then gently tosses it into the grass/ You should, it's hilarious! oh yeah *throws rarity* take that 
    reply 2 minutes
    shae508
    shae508 posted in Say Anything:
    "Damara" wrote:No. xD /licks a snail and then gently tosses it into the grass/ You should, it's hilarious! 
    reply 7 minutes
    shae508
    shae508 posted in Say Anything:
    REALLY?! -throws Twilight Sparkle-
    reply 8 minutes
    Damara
    Damara posted in Say Anything:
    No. xD /licks a snail and then gently tosses it into the grass/
    reply 9 minutes
    egyptiscool
    "shae508" wrote:Wha- WHAT HAPPEN TO NO THROWING ANIMALS?! -tosses a narcoleptic squirrel- Anyone else seen that video? cx  *throws pinkie pie at your face*
    reply 10 minutes

    play online games

    Candy-100

    A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

    1515_gl_kidzworld_100x100_jpg_fz

    Intriguing planets, weird and wonderful characters; challenge friends and find a...

    157262_(2)

    When you go back to Candyland, you’ll wonder why you ever left in the first plac...

    100x100_ra_logo_girl

    Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

    _thumb_100x100

    Shoot blobs with different properies to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be re...