MJ Colewood


You may be surprised to learn that MJ Colewood is in fact not one, but two authors. Mark Colenutt and Jacqueline Wood are friends, who after years of talking about books finally decided to join forces and write The Last Treasure of Ancient England.

Mark’s inspiration for the book came from his own boarding school days in the 1980’s at Buckland House School in Devon. The old manor house captured his imagination as did his History teacher who explained its historical connections. Mark became a teacher himself and later obtained an MA in History. He often entertains his pupils with tales of boarding school life and as his mind has wandered back to Buckland House over the years, the idea for the book has grown.

Jacqueline has loved stories since her father invented his own for her at bedtime (and she usually changed the endings). She made her way through the children’s section of the local library like Roald Dahl’s Matilda, and presented her first book to her headmaster at the age of eight. She graduated from Durham University with a degree in English and then trained to be a teacher.

When Mark told Jacqueline about his story idea she was captivated and didn’t take any persuading when he suggested they write it together.