Jason Wallace (born 1969) is a web designer living in South West London. [1] He is the author of Out of Shadows , the 2010 Costa Children’s Book of the Year.

Personal life

Jason Wallace was born in Cheltenham , Gloucestershire , South West England . [2] He has quite an interesting family tree as he is a descendant of Lord George Sanger , a world-famous Victorian circus owner, an International English cricketer, and he is also loosely related (to a marriage in the family tree) to JRR Tolkien . [1] Jason lived in London , England in his younger years with his family before residing and attending Peterhouse Boys’ School , a boarding school in 1983 in Zimbabwe , Africa. The family emigrated after his mother remarried. [1][3] At the age of seventeen he aspired for a career as an author and a determined person he knew it would be a challenging ambition. Jason spent any free time he had written in his younger years and read many non-fiction books and comic books .

He was a fan of comic books such as The Adventures of Tintin and Asterix and Dr.Seuss and Richard Scarry . [2] In his childhood, among some of his favorite books were James and the Giant Peach and Danny the Champion of the World . In his teenage and adult life, he was a fan of Stephen King and James Herbert . Ironically, his least favorite types of literature have been taught in politics and politics.

His experiences in a Zimbabwean boarding school following the Zimbabwe War of Liberation / Rhodesian Bush War and the Children’s Book Award winning novel novel Out of Shadows . [1] [4] Jason currently resides in South West London , England. [1] [3]


Jason Wallace had a challenging journey to become a published author. Jason Wallace stated that “getting published did not happen overnight.” [2] Jason Wallace’s natural talent as a writer was motivated through education . He says he had “always had a fertile imagination goal as far as I’m Concerned it’s the school I need to thank for inadvertently nurturing my will to write through strong discipline (There was no such thing as an excuse. [2] ” Out of Shadows was published in March 2010 and is currently only published by Jason Wallace’s Out of Shadows has received extensive recognition (USA, Norway, Turkey, Brazil and France) and has a successful published author.

Jason Wallace’s second novel, Encounters, has been published on May 4, 2017. The novel is also set in Zimbabwe, but is very different to Out of Shadows. It was inspired by astonishing true events in the 1990s.

Inspiration for Out of Shadows

Out of Shadows took one year and six months to complete. While he has Attended boarding school in Zimbabwe not too long after-the Rhodesian Bush War / Zimbabwean War of Liberation ended, [2] Jason Wallace wanted to write a story of what He Had Experienced seen gold. The political scene in Zimbabwe was declining and troubled. This inspired Jason Wallace and his writing fictional stories of what he was encountering. The characters in the novel are not real they have been portraying. Wallace notes that he “came up with the idea of” What if …? ” [2] and took it from there when he was writing out of the shadows.

Out of Shadows Background

Out of Shadows is set during the 1980s and is historically accurate due to the experiences Wallace shared in the novel. [5]

Wallace focuses on several themes in the novel Out of Shadows such as bullying , racism , politics and morality . [5] The book is a cross-over novel, written for both adults and a younger audience of 13+ due to some difficult topics that are being dealt with. [5]


“Zimbabwe: 1980s – The war is over, and Robert Mugabe has come to power offering hope, land and freedom to black Africans . It is the end of the Old Way and the beginning of a promising new era.

For Robert Jacklin, it’s all new: new continent, new country, new school. And very quickly he is forced to understand a new way of thinking, because of his battles rage on … government. Boys like Ivan. Clever, cunning, wicked Ivan. For him, there is still one last battle to fight, and he’s taking it right to the top … ” [5]


  • “… a children’s classic …” – Daily Express [2]
  • “… gripping … something that schools should read and read.” – The Times [2]
  • “… full convincing … a powerful, devastating read …” – Patrick Ness , writing for The Guardian [2]
  • “Honest, brave and devastating, Out of Shadows is more than just memorable, it’s impossible to look away.” – Markus Zusak , author of The Book Thief [2]
  • “… excellent … read on if you have courage.” – Nick Tucker, Independent on Sunday [2]
  • “… a provocative story, powerfully written.” – Keith Gray, The Scotsman [2]
  • “This novel excels, bringing readers up to the grim, uncertain presents with mastery” – Kirkus Magazine, starred review [2]
  • “… original … thought-provoking and ultimately shocking” – Good Book Guide [2]
  • “… one of those rare, outstanding books …” – Browns Books for Students [2]
  • “… one of the best debut novels I’ve ever read” – www.wondrousreads.com [2]
  • “… extraordinary … startlingly original …” – Jake Hope, writing for The Bookseller [2]
  • “… expert and disturbing …” – Booktrust [2]
  • “… memorable, moving and disturbing …” – Lovereading4kids February 2010 ‘new gen’ Debut of the Month title [2]
  • “… a gripping story …” – Write Away [2]


  • WINNER – Costa Children’s Book 2010 – Costa Book Awards [6] – “… unanimously winner … [2]
  • WINNER – the Branford Boase Award 2011 – Branford Boase Awards [2] [6]
  • WINNER – the UKLA 2011 Children’s Book Award – UKLA [2] [6]
  • Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2011 – The CILIP Carnegie Children’s Book Awards [2] [6]
  • Shortlisted for the Teenage Prize Book 2010 – Booktrust [2] [6]


  1. ^ Jump up to:e “Jason Wallace” . Retrieved 11 November 2011 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:y Jason Wallace Website Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  3. ^ Jump up to:b “Biography” . Book Browse. Archived from the original on 3 July 2011 . Retrieved 9 November 2011 .
  4. Jump up^ Miller, Phil. “Debut Writer Wins Costa Award” . Retrieved 4 November 2011 .
  5. ^ Jump up to:d Southgate, Mandy. “Book Review” . Retrieved 9 November 2011 .
  6. ^ Jump up to:e “Out of Shadows” . Retrieved 2 November 2011 .