Biography for Aesop's Fables
Beverley Naidoo was born in South Africa, grew up under apartheid and was arrested for taking part in the resistance movement. In 1965 she came to England. Her first book, Journey to Jo'burg, won The Other Award in Britain. For her book Chain of Fire she had to rely on reports and photos smuggled out of South Africa. The Other Side of Truth won her the Carnegie Medal. She lives in Bournemouth.
Piet Grobler grew up in South Africa and has degrees in Theology, Journalism, and a Masters degree in Fine Art. Among his many illustration awards are a bronze plaque at the Biennale, Bratislava, the Octogone de Chêne (France), Primo Alpi Apuane (Italy), Noma Concours (Japan) and the IBBY Honour List in 2001 and 2006. He illustrated Beverley Naidoo's The Great Tug of War for Frances Lincoln, as well as Fussy Freya by Katherine Quarmby and All the Wild Wonders, edited by Wendy Cooling. He lives in Malvern, Worcestershire.