Andy Stanton studied English at Oxford but they kicked him out.
He has been a film script reader (he got a bit better at reading), a cartoonist, an NHS lackey and lots of other things. He has many interests, but best of all he likes Radio 4, books (more reading) and music (even jazz).
He is best-known for the hilarious and much-loved Mr Gum books, which have been published in 34 countries worldwide in over 30 languages.
The series has won numerous awards, including the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Red House Children’s Book Award and two Blue Peter Book Awards.