Jerry Ibbotson

Jerry Ibbotson was born in London in 1969. He worked as a BBC radio journalist for almost ten years before leaving to run his own sound production company in 2000.

Chosen is his debut novel which he began writing in 2005 and published in 2008.

"I’d prefer to look at it the other way round. I became a journalist because I was interested in words and communicating stories to people. I’d originally wanted to be a magazine writer but found myself on a radio journalism post-grad course in 1990 because all the other courses were full! Working in radio is very different from newspaper or magazine journalism; you have to write English as it is spoken and use shorter sentences and more abbreviation (plus there are lots of other technical skills). But I was at least working with words and ideas and I got to see places and meet people I wouldn’t have otherwise. So the love of words and writing was always inside me. As a child at junior school I loved to write short stories and as a 16 year old doing O Levels I breezed through my English Language paper, even getting feedback from the examiner on the quality of my writing. Before I sound too big-headed I did go on to fail A level Maths and Physics! Journalism just got me used to the idea of other people listening to, or reading, my words. That’s a scary thing: holding your own work up to the light of day and having it judged."
When asked if the ten years spent as a BBC radio journalist helped his writing

Jerry Ibbotson books reviewed


  • Chosen (2008)
    Chosen is a coming of age tale and fantasy story in one (note: that s fantasy with a small f). Magic books, undead vicars, God and fondue forks are brought together in the story of Alex Preston: a grumpy, daydreaming office worker who finds a tunnel in the basement at work. It leads to a land full of magic and fantasy. Armed with a sleeping bag and a small torch, Alex leaves his family behind and sets off to explore. It s not long before his adventure begins to unravel rather alarmingly and the story builds to an explosive climax. Alex finally discovers the meaning of real magic and learns that when love is stronger than fear, marvellous things can happen.
  • The Veil (2012)
    Hell is What Haunts us. Something is not right in the picturesque Yorkshire village of Henchcombe. Terrible things walk the streets each time a thick mist sweeps down off the moor. Not monsters or beasts but the villagers’ deepest, darkest terrors. The things that haunt them in the dead of night. Broken hearts and betrayals. Missed opportunities and old regrets. Lives lost to bitter hatred. It’s up to a small group of villagers to come to the rescue of Henchcombe. They face a journey deep underground to a place none of them could have imagined. This is a dark place. A place of misery and pain. This is The Veil.