Bathsheba Books for ages 9 +

I’ve written three funny, diary-style books from the point of view of a girl called Bathsheba Clarice de Trop. Bathsheba (Bath for short) is as over the top and original as her name.

“I just barged upstairs past Natasha and shut myself in the vermilion wardrobe and cried, dear diary, for about two hours.”

In the first book, CHIPS, BEANS AND LIMOUSINES: THE FANTASTIC DIARY OF BATHSHEBA CLARICE DE TROP, she starts off being a real show-off, going on about her glamorous life with her celebrity mother. But as you read on, you find out that there are a lot of secrets in Bath’s life – and that she’s not exactly the person she pretends to be. (Hint: There are really  TWO Bathshebas!) Lots of emotion, comedy and excitement follow.

“Miss Kinsey caught me writing my Dramarama Supporting Statement under the desk in English today. She said SEE ME AFTER THE LESSON.”

In her second diary, SOCKS, SHOCKS AND SECRETS: THE SPECTACULAR SECOND DIARY OF BATHSHEBA CLARICE DE TROP, Bathsheba leaves her glamorous life behind and goes to school for the very first time (she was always home-schooled before). She makes friends and enemies, audtions for the school play, and gets caught up in a dramatic mystery when the school computers go missing. And yes, there are lots of socks, shocks and secrets in the book.

“”There’s a film just going into casting that you might find interesting,” he said as I stared at his business card.”

In the third book, DOUGHNUTS, DREAMS AND DRAMA QUEENS: THE THEATRICAL THIRD DIARY OF BATHSHEBA CLARICE DE TROP,  Bath gets to go on the acting summer camp she’s always dreamed of: Dramarama Camp, where stars are born and fame is just a photograph away! But she has no idea how super-starry and scarylicious Dramarama Camp will really turn out to be, what with friends who turn into rivals, an old enemy with the worst dog in the world, and a final show that literally brings the house down.

The books are published by USBORNE in the UK. They are available from the usual places: , , Waterstones or of course your friendly local bookshop or library.

They have also been translated into other languages:

Visit Bathsheba at Usborne. You can even leave her a message!

If you like these books you might also like the Witch of Turlingham series. I wrote these with a team from Working Partners and they were published under the name of Ellie Boswell.

  1. Hi Leila, how are you? This is Helen from Libya, hope all is well with you and your family. It has definitely been a long time. Best Wishes Helen

  2. Hi I love all your books when are you going to release a new book

    • Hi Dani, thank you so much, that’s lovely to hear 🙂 I have a book out on submission at the moment so I just have to wait and see if it gets picked up… fingers crossed… xL

  3. Hi Leila,

    My name is Peppi and I teach Year 6. I’d like to share a book review one of my students wrote on your book Doughnuts, Dreams and Drama Queens. I have published her review on my blog ‘Saved You a Spot’. You will find the link below:

    We would love for you to tell us what you think!


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