Happy birthday to NUMBERS!

Posted by Jazz on Monday January 7th, 2019

Numbers author Rachel Ward stops by our blog on the tenth anniversary of her debut novel ...  (more…)

Rachel Ward

Rachel Ward, author of the Numbers series, grew up in Bookham, Surrey. After studying Geography at Durham University, she worked for a number of local authorities whilst raising a family. She began writing in her thirties, starting out with short stories, one of which formed the basis of the idea for Numbers. Rachel later came to the attention of Chicken House at a local writers' surgery and was signed to Chicken House as a result.

The sequel to Numbers, entitled Numbers 2: The Chaos, was released in June 2010 and the third and final book in the series, Numbers 3: Infinity was released in June 2011. Numbers is currently in production as a film, and is being produced by the same film-makers who gave us This is England '86 and Four Lions.


Since her mother’s death when she was seven, 15-year-old Jem has kept a secret.

When her eyes meet someone else’s, a number comes into her head – the date on which they will die.

Knowing that nothing can last for ever, Jem avoids relationships, until she meets Spider, another outsider, and her life takes a happier turn.

But on their first day out together, waiting in the queue for a ride on the London Eye, Jem realises something terrible is about to happen and her world is about to explode.