Inspired by a messy bedroom and random question from her son about writing a will, Jackie Marchant started writing the award winning Dougal Trump series.  She lives in North West London with her husband, two nearly grown up children and ex trainee guide dog.  When not writing,  Jackie works in her garden, helps with a local charity and looks after guide dogs while their owners are away.  She also enjoys visiting schools to inspire a love of reading and writing.



I'm Dougal Trump and it's NOT my Fault!

I, Dougal Trump, am dead.

Ok, I’m not actually dead, but if I’m not very careful, I soon will be.

In this first book, football-loving Dougal Trump finds himself at risk from the mysterious creature living in the garden shed. Nobody believes him but as a precaution, he sets upon writing his will – rewarding thise who help him, disinheriting those who get on his bad side, and fielding constant pleas from friends and associates [Cool will, Dougie! Can I have your playstation? – George]. Meanwhile, as limbs and windows alike are broken by rogue footballs and unhinged canines, Dougal finds himself in all sorts of trouble.

I'm Dougal Trump - Where's my Tarantula?

“Mum,” I yelled. “Sybil the Goliath birdeater spider is no longer in my room.”

Somebody has stolen Dougal’s tarantula, Sybil (named after his sister – they both have very hairy legs), and she is being held to ransom. Dougal must fulfil the kidnapper’s demands before poor Sybil is tortured – one leg at a time.


Excellent. The training has given me confidence to go out and deliver a good event.

- Jackie Marchant