Official Website of Children's Author

Joe Wilson

Debut Children's Novel Published Summer 2020

If you would like to get swept away on an adventure (and frankly, who wouldn't?) just click on this video. It will give you a glimpse of The Island That Didn't Exist! The perfect cliff hanger, page turner, planet saver story for anyone 9(ish) and older!

Intrigued? There are loads of places you could get hold of the book. But here are a couple of options.



 This website is dedicated to my fiction writing. My first book, 'The Island That Didn't Exist', is an adventure story written for anyone aged 9 years or older. If you like stories which twist and turn and fill your imagination with excitement then I hope you will love it!

It has always been my ambition to write fiction but it is something I've squeezed in around the rest of my life. Most of my writing before now has been as a journalist. Specifically I've reported on sport for the BBC, mainly on TV news.  

The inspiration for 'The Island That Didn't Exist' came to me walking along the coast one day. It was so long ago I've forgotten exactly where or when the idea sprang into my brain but it remained lodged there. Like a cork it would return to the surface of my creative mind whenever there was a peaceful moment. I thought I had a great starting point for a children's adventure story. It took me fifteen years to get to the finished book! 

The reason, I believe, so many people are drawn to sport is the thrill of the unpredictable. We know the rules, we've got a pretty good idea of how long it is going to take, but within those parameters we hope anything could happen. I've always approached reading books in the same way. It is definitely my motivation for writing them. It is very exciting to have this book ready to share with the world.


My Books

The Island That Didn't Exist


Some Reviews of 'The Island That Didn't Exist'

I'm delighted that people have taken the time to read the book and post their thoughts. kindly said:

'a truly outstanding and thrilling story' which 'surpassed all expectations'.

Jane Sandell, young people's book specialist, wrote:

'This is brilliant! Really. I couldn't put it down...there are mysteries and surprises galore. Well done'

Jane's website is she tweets as @seasidereader 

'This is a fantastic adventure story, with a perfectly pitched set of characters' say Read and Reviewed in a lovely post on their blog.

Veronica Price (@vonprice), who recommends books on her website, thought it was a 'thrilling debut Middle Grade story'.

I was delighted to be included in the Summer 2020 edition of WRDaboutbooks magazine @WRDmag as one of their 'ones to watch' debut authors.

Educational  Resources

I worked with Oxford University Press to produce a range of educational features connected with the themes in The Island That Didn't Exist. There's everything from designing your own island to discussion points on saving the planet! I know it has been used successfully for years 4/5. Here is a link to the excellent Oxford Owl website.

You can leave a message relating to Joe Wilson's fiction writing here

Joe Wilson is represented by Becky Bagnell

'The Island That Didn't Exist' is published by Oxford University Press for PR enquiries

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