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David Long

Writer and historian David Long is the author of the acclaimed Animals' VC: For Gallantry and Devotion and the Blue Peter award-winning author of SurvivorsHeroes and Rescue, which have total combined sales of 50,000 copies. He lives in Suffolk and has two teenage sons.

David says: I wrote to a few of my favourite authors when I was at school. I was genuinely delighted when they wrote back to answer my questions. I didn’t collect autographs or anything like that but I loved finding out more about the books I most enjoyed. I think I probably imagined they would find the letters tiresome, or that they wouldn’t want to be interrupted, but most seemed to enjoy hearing from their readers. I know I do. It is one of the things I like most about being a children’s author, and engaging with readers in this way is a constant delight.