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I was born in Italy, grew up in France and Spain and was educated rather haphazardly in most of these countries, at many different schools. I was asked to leave at least one school. I studied English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge where I kept a dog until he was discovered being smuggled out of college in a laundry basket. So I was summoned and asked to leave Cambridge too. Unless the dog left, in which case I might stay.

I taught A level English before spending a decade in the fashion industry and now write full time.

I live between Exmoor and London with improvident numbers of children, dogs and horses.

Soldier Dog is longlisted for the Carnegie Prize, the Redbridge Award and the Branford Boase Award.┬áIt is short listed for the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award, the North East Children’s Book Award, Warwickshire Teen Book Award and the Worcestershire Teen Book Award.

“Sam Angus came to our school to introduce her brilliant book ‘Soldier Dog’. The whole event was fantastic and successfully brought together different curriculum areas. She was extremely knowledgeable about the history of how messenger dogs were trained and used during World War 1 and she shared this knowledge in an accessible and captivating way to an audience of 250 pupils aged between 10 and 13. Both during and after the talk the students were given plenty of opportunity to ask Sam any questions and to have their books signed.”