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Deborah Helen Chancellor (née Mowbray born 7 July 1966) is an English writer; to date, she has written over 70 books.


Chancellor (née Mowbray) is the second of four girls. She attended The Broxbourne School, Hertfordshire, from 1977 to 1984. She read Modern & Medieval Languages at Newnham College, Cambridge from 1985-1988.

Writing career

Chancellor writes fiction and non-fiction for children. Her work includes Harriet Tubman (A&C Black, 2013), Code Breakers (Barrington Stoke, 2009), Escape from Colditz (Barrington Stoke, 2007) and two collections of illustrated children's stories, I love reading Phonics (Octopus Publishing, 2012) and Reading Heroes (Parragon, 2008). She has adapted 365 stories from The Bible (Children's Everyday Bible, Dorling Kindersley, 2002).

Chancellor's non-fiction ranges from historical biography to topical issues (Moving to Britain, Franklin Watts, 2008) to matters of general interest (Everything You Need to Know, Kingfisher, 2007).

In December 2012 she appeared in the BBC's Christmas University Challenge.

Chancellor lives near Cambridge with her husband, three children and dog.


Being a Vegetarian (2009) won the UK section for the Gourmand World Cookbook awards in the vegetarian book category and came second in the world category.

In 2012 Chancellor was part of the Newnham College, Cambridge, team that took part in a special Christmas edition of University Challenge.

Literary Fellow

From 2009-2011 Chancellor was a fellow of the Royal Literary Fund at Newnham College, Cambridge.

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