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Anna Carey - Author

Anna Carey is a freelance journalist from Drumcondra living in Dublin who has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent and many other publications. Anna joined her first band when she was fifteen and went on to sing and play with several bands over the next fifteen years. Her last band, El Diablo, released two albums and toured all over the country. Her first book, The Real Rebecca, was published in 2011, and, to her great surprise, it went on to win the Senior Children’s Book prize at the Irish Book Awards. To the delight of many readers, Rebecca returned in the critically acclaimed Rebecca’s Rules, which was shortlisted for the same prize in 2012 (she didn’t win this time, though).

Questons re The Making of Mollie:-

1. What gave you the idea for your book?
I’ve always been interested in women’s history, and I’d been thinking of writing non-fiction about the Irish suffrage movement. But I thought it would be more fun to tell the story of some teenage girls who want to get involved in the movement, even if the movement - or at least Mollie’s suffragette big sister - doesn’t particularly want them

2. When writing The Making of Mollie, how did you transport yourself back to 1912?
I went to my old school, Dominican College on Griffith Avenue in Dublin, and looked at their old year books. The school was founded in Eccles Street in 1883 (the famous suffragette leader Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington was a pupil there, and later worked there as a teacher) and started producing a yearbook in 1913, which was really, really useful and helped me imagine what the school was like back in those days. It also had lots of stories written by the girls themselves, which were very entertaining and inspirational. It was always a pretty progressive school - it was the first Irish institution that taught Catholic girls right up to university degree level, back in the days before girls were allowed attend universities.

3. Put yourself in her shoes - do you think you would have been as brave as Mollie to get involved in the cause, or would you have been more hesitant, like Stella?
I would definitely have supported the cause, and I think I’d definitely have gone on some protest marches and meetings - I went on a fair few marches for women’s rights when I was a teenager. Would I have actually taken militant action? I’m not sure I’d have been brave enough to break windows, but I think I’d have done some chalking.

4. What was the most rebellious thing you ever did at school?
I got sent home for swearing once, which I wouldn’t recommend. And I sometimes got into trouble for reading and talking and laughing in class. But I was actually pretty well behaved, as a rule. I had a pretty good time at Dominican College, and I’m still good friends with my best friends from school.

5. What age were you when you became aware/interested in the suffragettes and women’s rights?
I can’t remember how old I was when I first heard of the suffragettes, but my mother always did tell my sisters and me how important it was for us to vote, because women had died for that right. I was always interested in feminist issues but I really started identifying myself strongly as a feminist when I was about 16, in 1992.

6. Who are your favourite writers?
I have too many to count! My favourite writers for young people are Antonia Forest, Noel Streatfeild, Diana Wynne-Jones, Tove Jansson, E. Nesbit, Hilary McKay and Helen Cresswell.

7. What was your favourite book when you were a child?
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I used to read it aloud to make myself cry. And I named my diary Sara after Sara Crewe.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Anna Carey

The Making of Mollie
Anna Carey
In a nutshell: Suffragettes rule! A girl's eye view of early feminism | In Anna Carey's lively new novel, it's the portioning out of a roast chicken that sets Mollie thinking about women's rights (her brother always gets the best bits)!...
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Format: Paperback | Released 17/10/2016
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Rebecca Rocks
Anna Carey
The third in the award-winning series about Rebecca Rafferty following The Real Rebecca, winner of the Irish Children's Book of the Year 2011, and Rebecca's Rules. This novel is even stronger than the first two featuring Rebecca - it's full...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/08/2013
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Rebecca's Rules
Anna Carey
This book is amusing from the first page and hilariously identifies with a girl's first steps into the teenage world of boys, friendships, school and musical productions. Anna Carey's easy style will resonate with any young girl for whom friendships...
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Format: Paperback | Released 24/09/2012
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The Real Rebecca
Anna Carey
There's a touch of the Adrian Mole in this amusing tale of the cringing embarrassment suffered by Rebecca, a Dublin schoolgirl, at the hands of her well intentioned parents. Poor Rebecca has to try and convince everyone that her mother's...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2011
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