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Non-fiction for young people

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Be Resilient

How to build the resilience of our young people for tough times AND a brilliant life. Five steps to resilience, backed by strong understanding of human minds and delivered with Nicola’s trademark empathy. Perfect for age 10-18 – and adults will learn, too!

The Awesome Power of Sleep

Everything you need to know to get the best sleep possible as often as possible – and why you’ll be glad you did. Aimed directly at teenagers but helpful for everyone. Published January 2021.

Exam Attack

A practical, positive guide to exam success and beating stress – for students of all ages, facing any exams and tests.

Body Brilliant

Tackles the fascinating psychology of body image as well as the practical ways we can make our bodies as healthy, strong and brilliant as possible. “…may be her most important yet” (LoveReading4Schools)

Positively Teenage

I know, from my work in schools, that there’s a hunger and a need for a positive view of adolescence. I want to show young people and their parents that adolescence can be exciting, heartening, positive.

The Teenage Guide to Life Online

The Teenage Guide to Life Online is for adults as much as young people. It takes a balanced, clear, informed look at what happens to us when we spend time on the internet or screens and offers guidelines for healthy living.

The Teenage Guide to Friends

The Teenage Guide to Friends tackles the all-important subject of friendships. If we understand human behaviour – why we do, say and feel what we do, say feel – we can cope so much better when people behave in negative ways.

The Teenage Guide to Stress

The Teenage Guide to Stress shows young people that they are not alone and that there is help, whether their worries are small or big. Stress can affect us at any time of life and TTGS teaches the skills to thrive.

Blame My Brain

Blame My Brain was the first book in the world to show teenagers what’s going on in their heads. It changed the way adults think about adolescence. It speaks directly to teenagers but parents and teachers usually grab it and devour it eagerly.

Study Skills (GCSE)

Study skills for students facing exams, with tips, science and advice. I co-wrote it with three other experts. My topics were about preparing your brain and mental health and managing stress.

Fiction for young people

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Mondays are Red

(ebook only) Luke finds that his world has changed when wakes from a coma after meningitis. He has synaesthesia; he has a weakness in his leg, disastrous for such a brilliant runner; and he discovers that synaesthesia gives him endless power.

Sleepwalking and The Passion Flower Massacre

(ebook only) Two YA novels now republished as one ebook. Two deep, fast-paced, mind-stretching, coming-of-age thrillers, appealing particularly to readers who enjoyed my most recent YA novel, Wasted.


Fleshmarket is set in the 1820s in Edinburgh, a city of cruel contrasts between the lives of the rich and poor, and home to the infamous Burke and Hare, who sold their murder victims to brilliant anatomist Dr Robert Knox.

Books for writers

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Dear Agent

(ebook only) You’ve written the best book you can and you believe there are readers for it, but how do you persuade an agent or publisher to take it on? The first thing they will see is your letter or email and that short document must sell your book.

Write a Great Synopsis

(ebook only) Most writers hate writing synopses. In this short ebook, Write a Great Synopsis – An Expert Guide, I take the stress out of the subject and apply calm, systematic guidance, with my renowned no-nonsense approach and laconic style.

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