SCREENWRITER, AUTHOR & BROADCASTER
Greg James, Radio 1 DJ
'Should come with a free pair of socks because you'll laugh off your current ones.'
School Library Association
'...brilliantly funny moments...a cringeworthy account of life for ateenage geek'
'Laugh out loud funny, clever and quirkier than one of Paloma Faith's hats.'
Karl Pilkington off the telly
‘This book is as good as all the others I haven't read.’
The Overflowing Library
'If you love Georgia Nicholson you'll adore Blossom and this wonderous series of books.'
Shaun Keaveny BBC 6 Music DJ
‘ …features the most poignant song about nork grabbing that I’ve ever heard. I was moved to my manly core.’
The former BBC Radio Six Music DJ recalls books five favourite children's books.
This week we interviewed the brilliant Natasha Desborough, former radio presenter on BBC 6 Music and Xfm and now the author of hilarious Young Adult novels ‘Weirdos vs. Quimboids’ and ‘Weirdos vs. Bumskulls’. Natasha is also the author of spoof parenting guide ‘The Parental Advisory Manual’.
YA author Natasha Desborough settled on the title ‘Weirdos and Camel Toes’ for her first book because it was cheeky, funny, flowed beautifully and she knew it would stand out. But a lot of important people in the industry thought the title was too ‘rude and risqué’. If the title wasn’t changed, the book wouldn’t be available… what happened next was more than ironic!
Natasha was born on the summer solstice in Wimbledon which makes her part hippy and part womble in equal doses. Probably best known as a presenter on BBC 6 Music and Xfm, Natasha is a huge fan of music, occasionally popping up on those TV 'list' shows that go on for 24 hours as a ‘cultural pundit’.
Her debut Young Adult novel Weirdos vs Quimboids was longlisted for the UKLA Book Award and Natasha is now writing screenplays as well as books with a feature film currently in development.
Natasha lives in Croydon with her husband Jim, sons Oscar and Wilfie, two geriatric cats and Enid the chocolate Labrador.