Rosie is a parenting journalist and mother of five. She is also one of the UK’s leading experts on family travel. Her style is practical, relaxed and humorous.
While promoting her books Rosie has appreared on Richard and Judy, BBC Radio 4's Excess Baggage, RTE's The Pat Kenny Show, BBC World Service, BBC Northern Ireland’s Family Matters and been interviewed at length by the Press Association. She was also profiled in both Eve and the Irish Times magazine.
She has written widely on family matters and travelling with children for The Sunday Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, Sunday Express, Family Circle, The Economist, Kids Out, Parentwise, Living France, Image and the websites B4Baby.com and Raisingkids.co.uk.
Rosie also works as a consultant advising on parenting issues.
Rosie was born in Liverpool in 1961 but grew up in London. When she was five, her parents bundled her and her two older sisters into the car and drove them to Yugoslavia. Rosie was fascinated by what she saw and wanted to see and discover more.
A hunger to find out about the world led her to London University’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies and the London School of Economics, where she read for a BSc in International History and an MSc in Russian Government. While she was working on the student newspaper she met her husband Tim Judah, who is now one of the country’s leading foreign correspondents.
After five years hard studying Rosie spent six months serving up pizza in a local restaurant until she finally convinced the BBC to hire her and she joined their prestigious News Trainee Programme in 1985. After stints in Northern Ireland and TV News Rosie worked as a presenter on the BBC World Service current affairs programmes The World Today and Twenty Four Hours and become one of the first editors of the flagship current affairs programme Newshour.
By this time Rosie had a two-year-old son called Ben and she decided to take a radical step and leave the BBC in order to spend more time at home. Immediately however, home moved from Shepherd’s Bush to turbulent post-revolutionary Bucharest when in February 1990 her husband was appointed as the Balkans correspondent of The Times and The Economist and Rosie became a stay-at-home mum in a communist tower block. When war broke out in Yugoslavia, in 1991, the family moved to Belgrade. By this time Rosie had not only Ben but also a daughter called Esti. Together they heard the first shots of the war fired in Sarajevo in February 1992. A second daughter Rachel was born in 1993 at height of the war in Bosnia and hyperinflation in Serbia.
After five years in the war-torn Balkans the family returned to London in 1995. While Tim reported from battlefields around the world, Rosie built a career writing about domestic matters and the home front. The birth of twins Jacob and Evie in 1998 left her not exhausted but keener than ever to explore the world and catapulted her into travel writing.
Rosie has spoken widely at events and on television and radio on parenting matters, promoting her travel books and her autobiography, Are We There Yet? Travels with my Frontline Family (Reportage Press, 2007).