J R Wallis


J R Wallis is a children’s author and is always on the look out for strange and mysterious things to put in his books. He believes that if you look hard enough you can usually find something interesting to photograph or write about. His new book The Boy With One Name is about the things people don’t notice if they’re not watching out for them.


He also writes YA fiction under the name Rupert Wallis and his work has been shortlisted for awards both in the UK and abroad. His debut novel The Dark Inside was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2015 and is now being adapted for film. In addition to writing books, he teaches on the MSt in Creative Writing at Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education and mentors novelists for the Faber Academy.


J R Wallis read Theology at Cambridge University and holds an MFA in Screenwriting and Writing for Television from the University of Southern California.  He now lives in Norfolk.




The Dark Inside is a contemporary fairy tale that touches on problems and emotions that affect human beings throughout their lives. It is sometimes frightening, sometimes touching, sometimes exciting and always thought-provoking. And it's just gorgeous. You should read it

The Bookbag

This is a story of finding a cure for the pains of life really

Davina Andrew-Lynch
Children's Book Editor

THE DARK INSIDE is an exploration of the gaps we find within ourselves, especially when terrible things happen, and how important some sort of world view is in holding ourselves together...

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