Jessica Taylor-Bearman

Jessica Taylor-Bearman


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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview, Commission a book


Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16, Age 16 to 18+, Further Education, University, Adult



Book types

Non-fiction for young-adults


Hi there,

I am the award winning and bestselling YA author of A Girl Behind Dark Glasses and A Girl in One Room. As a chronically ill and disabled mum, I am passionate about bringing diversity into the publishing world and want to inspire young people through sharing my story about how I became an author because representation matters.


I am one of the founding speakers for The National Teen Book Club and was then asked to join Speakers for Schools where I did a talk to over 500 students. I have also spoken in parliament about the disease that I suffer with and featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary called Unrest, as the only representative from the UK. 


Most of what I’ve done has been achieved in one room which I was unable to leave for twelve years. Having been struck down with an illness as a teenager that caused me to lose the ability to speak, move and eat, I had to find new ways to experience life. I did this through finding my own method of painting (through laughter), founding a charity to help other young people like me and blogging my life through The World of One Room. 

I continue to write mainly from my sick bed with my young toddler running about wildly, whilst my cat sits on my chest pouncing at my laptop at any given moment. 

I have done motivational talks about my life experience as a disabled young person, about story arc and planning, and I’m able to adapt to all age groups very easily. 

I live in Essex and am willing to travel throughout the UK as long as travel is accessible. I am available for zoom workshops and talks as this is easier on my health. 


“This is one of those books you will never forget. It is written with so much maturity and the narrative style is so compelling that you feel as if you are actually with Jessica in the hospital. I experienced all the emotional highs and lows and I think that’s exactly what the author hoped for.” - Yousra

“The first book blew me away and this gave me hope . So many feelings evoked and so much frustration yet joy running through behind it all!

Highlighting the struggles and strength of not just one girl or one family but expresses for many of us patients who haven’t been heard in so long .

Read this and shout it from the roof tops so everyone does!”
- Sharon Johnston
“An intimate, compelling tale of grit, resilience and the transformative power of love.” - Jen Brea, Director

“Jessica’s journey is an inspiring story of courage that needs to be heard.” - Kara Tointon

”This memoir entertains and horrifies at the same time. The voice is spot on… A fascinating and moving account of what it feels like for ordinary daily existence to become a struggle.” - The London Magazine

Books by Jessica Taylor-Bearman

My life took a different turn when I became seriously unwell as a teenager. I have published two books, that have both become number one bestsellers, from my sick bed. I spent twelve years being completely bedridden and living within in the confines of my one room, which I never left. I always wanted to be an author but as someone who was unable to finish school and had spent years in hospital, it looked like that would remain a dream. I lost the ability to move, eat and speak and spent four continuous years in hospital. I managed to write my books using my diary Bug who became my only friend.

A Girl Behind Dark Glasses

From a darkened world, bound by four walls, a young woman called Jessica tells the tale of her battle against the M.E Monster. The severest form of a neuro immune disease called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis went to war with her at just 15 years old. From beneath her dark glasses, Jessica glimpses a world far different from the one she remembers as a teenage school girl. This true story follows her path as she ends up living in hospital for years with tubes keeping her alive. This harrowing story follows the highs and lows of the disease and being hospitalised, captured through her voice activated technology diary called `Bug' that enables her to fulfil her dream of one day becoming an author. It provides a raw, real-time honesty to the story that would be impossible to capture in hindsight. 

A Girl in One Room

Jessica returns home after four years in hospital to a world changed beyond recognition. Her friends have grown up and gone to university, her baby sister is now 16. Everyone has moved on, but her battle with the M.E. Monster is far from over. Jessica faces new challenges daily but she wants to experience life as a young adult, and refuses to let her M.E keep her in hospital for years again. Jessica wants to show the world that she is more than what they see... and this time they will see her. 


Jessica Taylor-Bearman - first image
Jessica Taylor-Bearman - first image
Jessica Taylor-Bearman - first image
Jessica Taylor-Bearman - first image