Emily Gale, author of Girl, Aloud, was born in London in 1975. Her nickname as a child was Kojak (for younger readers, that is a 70s television show about a big bald man who sucked lollipops and solved crime). She once very nearly trod dog poo in Joan Collins’ house, but was saved by a leaf and a bottle of Chanel No. 19. She is scared of chickens, but not spiders.