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Lauren St John


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Lauren St John was born in Gatooma, Rhodesia, now Kadoma, Zimbabwe. Aged 11 she and her family moved to Rainbow’s End farm in Gadzema, which later became the subject of her memoir. After studying journalism, she relocated to England, where she was golf correspondent for the SUNDAY TIMES.

She is the author of several books on sports and music, as well as the award-winning children’s series The White Giraffe, the Blue Peter Award winning Laura Marlin series, and the bestselling One Dollar Horse trilogy.

Books by Lauren St John

Series by Lauren St John

The White Giraffe

Awards won by Lauren St John

Lauren St John won the 2010 Blue Peter Book of the Year Award for Dead Man’s Cove. White Giraffe has won several awards, including the East Sussex, Calderdale and Stockport prizes.

5 Fun Facts About Lauren St John

  • Lauren grew up in Rainbow’s End Farm in Gadzema, Africa
  • She had a pet giraffe named Jenny and warthogs named Miss Piggy and Bacon!
  • The Laura Marlin stories were inspired by Lauren’s childhood favourites The Famous Five and The Secret Seven
  • Lauren’s single best thing about her childhood was her black horse Morning Star
  • She was once the golf correspondent for The Sunday Times