SF Said’s family was originally from the Middle East, but has lived in London since he was 2 years old.
His first book, Varjak Paw, won the Nestlé Smarties Prize for Children’s Literature, and its sequel, The Outlaw Varjak Paw, won the BBC Blue Peter Book of the Year. Both books are on school reading lists and have been adapted for the stage and opera, with a film version in development.
His third book, Phoenix, was selected to represent the UK on the IBBY International Honour Book List and was included in Booktrust’s Bookbuzz 2017-18 list.
Said has written widely on children’s and young adult literature for UK newspapers.