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Holly Bourne - Author

Holly Bourne is the author of Am I Normal Yet?, How Hard Can Love Be?, What’s a Girl Gotta Do?, The Manifesto on How to be Interesting and Soulmates. She graduated with a first class degree in Journalism Studies at University of Sheffield and spent two years working as a local news reporter on the Surrey Mirror, garnering a nomination for Print Journalist of the Year in 2010. During her time there, Holly uncovered many national and international stories that received huge press coverage. She was nominated for Print Journalist of the Year – but found she didn’t have the stomach for the job. Holly began writing Soulmates as a way of escaping the horrors of her day job.

In Soulmates, Holly plays with the Hollywood perception that true love has to be difficult in order to still be considered ‘true’, she says: "Every day we’re spoon-fed fairytale narratives of what love should be. That the path to true love never runs smooth, that the most romantic love is ‘forbidden’, and that we all have a The One, just waiting to complete us. I wanted to take the most romantic concept of all, soulmates, and turn it on its head. What if finding your soulmate was the worst thing ever?" Holly did a lot of reading about love, and the science of love, to make the big reveal about Soulmates believable. She read a number of scientific and psychological studies on the effects of love and how it impacts your brain and your body. Holly remarks that “in fact, most of the science in Soulmates is true!”

She worked as a journalist for TheSite.org an advice and information website for 16-25 year olds. Her first two books, Soulmates and The Manifesto on How to be Interesting, have been critically acclaimed and translated into six languages. Am I Normal Yet? has been chosen as a World Book Night book for 2016, and shortlisted for The Bookseller YA Book Prize.

Her own experiences of blatant sexism, drove her to write Am I Normal Yet? - the first book in the critically acclaimed Normal series about three girls who start their own grassroots feminist campaign group. The trilogy has inspired young girls to start their own groups all over the UK and Holly tours schools and festivals to talk to young people about gender equality. To mark the release of What’s a Girl Gotta Do? – the last book in the trilogy – Holly launched the #IamaFeminist social media campaign which trended worldwide. She lives in Lewes.

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Reader ReviewedWhat's a Girl Gotta Do?
Holly Bourne
August 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Feminism | Friendship | Fighting back |Inspirational and insanely funny, this third and final book in the Normal trilogy is a motivating must-read manifesto for young women, not...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedHow Hard Can Love be?
Holly Bourne
February 2016 Book of the Month Holly Bourne's new novel demonstrates that with the right female friends, and a decent supply of cheesy snacks, a girl can get through anything. Amber is in America spending summer with the mum she...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedAm I Normal Yet?
Holly Bourne
August 2015 Book of the Month Evie is starting sixth form college and like any normal young person wants to fit in and make friends, and she'd like a boyfriend too. It's challenging for Evie though because she's also coping...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2015
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The Manifesto on How to be Interesting
Holly Bourne
November 2014 Book of the Month Bree hides away behind her blog that few people read. So, if she writes about things people do want to read will it change her life to one of excitement and popularity? That's when...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2014
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Reader ReviewedSoulmates
Holly Bourne
September 2013 Debut of the Month Introducing Poppy, 17-year-old cynic, and Noah, heart-throb guitarist: residents of mediocre Middletown, sometime students and…soulmates. After a chance meeting at a local band night, Poppy and Noah find themselves swept up in a whirlwind...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2013
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