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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!

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