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Mary Hooper - Author

Says of herself: I was born in Barnes, South West London, which became expensive and trendy as soon as I left it. I often – nostalgically and rather lazily – use Barnes as a setting for my books. If I speak of a river then I’m thinking of the Thames, and if it’s a park or common then I picture Barnes Common. I was able to utilise all these local points and bring in Mortlake and Richmond, too, when I was writing two books about Queen Elizabeth I’s magician, Dr Dee, who lived in Mortlake.

I started working as a window dresser, but soon went into an office and – very valuable, this, for a writer – learned to type. One day I read a short story, thought that I could do better and sat down and wrote one. I sent it to Jackie, a teenage magazine, and much to my surprise sold it for £14. I was launched as a writer! I went on to write lots of short stories, and then serials, and eventually decided to write a book. At the time, there were hardly any books for teenagers, so I found getting published quite easy, but it’s very different now. I’ve written perhaps seventy or so books for children and young adults, most of them set in modern times, but as soon as I began writing historical novels I realised how much I loved doing this, and decided I didn’t want to write any more modern ones. No, not even any Megans!

I’m married to Richard and we live in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. I’ve still got a VW Beetle, but have upgraded it to a cabriolet version, which will be lovely when the weather improves and I can put the top down (if I can remember how to do it). My children are very grown up, my son is a writer and works for New Scientist and my daughter works for Microsoft - and has recently presented me with a gorgeous first grandson, Mackenzie. I look after him on Wednesdays so don’t ever bother me then! My hobbies are reading (of course), pottering around the house, painting furniture and being nosy (which goes with being a writer).

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A Dark Trade
Mary Hooper
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Mary Hooper tells a thrilling tale of secrets, deception and escapes set in Victorian England, a period she writes about with passion and precision. Life for poor young women in the century was extremely...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2016
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Poppy in the Field
Mary Hooper
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, May 2015 A welcome return for Poppy, the brave young nurse in World War One. Poppy thinks her heart will break when she finds that Freddie whom she loves so much is to marry...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Ring of Roses
Mary Hooper
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ An intensely powerful novel set in London during the height of the Plague in the 1600s. Mary Hooper cleverly weaves the reader into the sights, sounds and tastes of the time so that you...
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Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2014
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Poppy
Mary Hooper
Women's roles in the First World War need to be told as frequently as possible. Mary Hooper's Poppy combines a brilliant insight into how utterly and dramatically the lives of women changed during the conflict as attitudes altered and old...
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Format: Paperback | Released 08/05/2014
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The Genie
Mary Hooper - illustrated by Tom Bonson
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ When Fudge, or Fiona to call her by her real name, buys a little box at a jumble sale for her dad's birthday she has no idea what she is getting! But this is...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2013
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Velvet
Mary Hooper
A richly atmospheric novel set in the Victorian period and perfect for fans of the hugely popular Fallen Grace. Teens will love this romantic, thrilling and exciting new novel from the acclaimed and much loved historical novelist. It's also...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2012
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Velvet
Mary Hooper
A richly atmospheric novel set in the Victorian period and perfect for fans of the hugely popular Fallen Grace. Teens will love this romantic, thrilling and exciting new novel from the acclaimed and much loved historical novelist. It's also...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/09/2011
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Fallen Grace
Mary Hooper
Highly Commended for the Teenage Book Prize 2010. A brilliant historical adventure full of the sights and smells and especially the deaths of the past. Courageous Grace ducks and weaves doing any work she can to earn enough to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/06/2011
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Megan Book One: The Biggest Decision of All
Mary Hooper
Tender and thoughtful, Megan charts the welter of complex emotions Megan goes through from the moment she discovers she's pregnant. At only fifteen she has to deal with the impossibly difficult choices that it throws up, as well as coping...
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Format: Paperback | Released 16/03/2009
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Megan Book Two: And then there were two
Mary Hooper
Having had a baby at fifteen, Megan has to make the most difficult choice. Everyone thinks she shouldn't keep the baby but Megan feels quite differently. Can she really bear not to? What choice Megan should make and how she...
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Format: Paperback | Released 16/03/2009
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Megan Book Three: Two's Company, Three's a Crowd
Mary Hooper
Settling into her new life as a young mother, Megan loves Jack but she also misses the life her contemporaries lead. Reluctantly and not without resentment she settles to the limitation of her unusual situation but, when someone threatens Jack's...
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Format: Paperback | Released 16/03/2009
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Katie The Revolting Bridesmaid
Mary Hooper
Hilarious exploits by Katie as she tries to sabotage her sister’s wedding and, especially her role as a bridesmaid. Katie is a great little rebel and her terrible behaviour and the reasons for it will delight.
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2007
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The Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza Rose
Mary Hooper
History is brilliantly brought to life here as fiction and the world of Eliza, of Nell Gwynn and of the court of King Charles. Coping with prison and every other unpleasant thing that’s thrown at her, she eventually finds out...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2006
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