Jeremy Williams

I am a writer of serious books for adults, and less serious books for children. This website is about my children’s writing – links to my other work here. My latest book is Max Counts to a Million, published by Nosy Crow in March 2022.


Absolutely nailed having an eight year old narrator.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

At times I was both laughing and crying at the same time.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“fun and cathartic… with a healthy dose of humour, tenderness and joy” – review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“a laugh-out-loud, heartwarming and poignant account of a child’s life during lockdown” – review

“I loved Max’s reflections on the pandemic, and seeing the world afresh through the eyes of an eight-year-old” – review

“I don’t think there’s a child in the country, or their family members, for whom this won’t resonate” – review


Do you like epic quests of amazing counting?

Do you dislike global pandemics, being stuck at home, and the number 7?

Then I have a story for you. It’s about how I counted to a million during lockdown – with help from Mum and Dad, friends and neighbours, and Grandad. And some birds. And a bucket of marbles. And an awesome TV reporter.

Sometimes, just keeping on going makes you a hero.

Eight-year-old Max is counting to a million. Normally, school or having anything interesting to do would get in the way, but school is shut and everyone has to stay home because the UK is in its first lockdown. Max’s dad works at the hospital and counting helps Max with missing him, but as the pandemic progresses and Max’s grandad journeys through his own battle with the virus, what starts as a distraction turns into record-breaking effort that brings Max’s community together.

Suitable for readers aged 7 up, this funny, poignant, uplifting story reflects the experiences shared by so many during the Covid pandemic and celebrates how ordinary people accomplish epic things.

£1 from the sale of every copy of this book will be donated to NHS Charities Together (Registered Charity Number 1186569)


More Luton library events

I’m doing some more Luton library events this summer! Join me for stories, challenges, games and book-related silliness at the either or both of these: Leagrave Library, Tuesday 16th August, 10:30-11.30 Stopsley Library, Thursday 18th August, 2-3pm Both are free, and suitable for children 7-11ish. If you haven’t read it yet, you could read MaxContinue reading “More Luton library events”

Stories in the peace garden

A special one-off event bringing together theatre, storytelling and games, for 5-9 year olds and their families. At the Peace Garden, High Town, Luton. The theatre production includes excerpts of Max Counts to a Million, and there’s a Q+A with me afterwards. Book a free ticket here. Update: The event was great, and it wasContinue reading “Stories in the peace garden”

Event at Hitchin Library

During the Easter holidays I’m doing a ‘meet the author’ event at Hitchin library on Thursday 14th, in association with the lovely Next Page Books. Details on Eventbrite. It’s free, it’ll be fun. Come along! And there’s a similar event at Luton Central Library on Monday 11th.