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Anne Fine - Author

Anne Fine was our Guest Editor in July 2011. Click here to see the books she selected.

Anne Fine was born and educated in the Midlands and now lives in County Durham. She has written numerous highly acclaimed and prize-winning books for children and adults.

Her novel The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal and was adapted for television by the BBC; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Bill's New Frock won a Smarties Prize, and Madame Doubtfire became the major feature film 'Mrs Doubtfire' starring Robin Williams. Anne was named Children's Laureate in 2002 and made an OBE for services to children's literature in 2003.

Click here to read a Q&A with the author or click here to read an extended biography in which Anne talks about her writing.

Here is a letter from author, Sarah Forbes to Anne Fine, who visited her home town when she was eight and made a lasting impression.

Dear Anne Fine,
You won’t remember this, but in the late 1980s you visited Stonehaven Library as part of an author tour. Stonehaven is a lovely place: a small seaside resort on the east coast of Scotland near Aberdeen. It has an open-air swimming pool and a ruined castle. These days it’s famous for being the home of the deep-fried Mars bar. (Yes, I have eaten a deep-fried Mars bar. No, that isn’t why I’m writing this.)

I remember your visit vividly because I was an avid, avid reader of your books. You coming to town was like having a famous pop star parachute in for the day. The excitement of having an actual, real author come to speak to us! Someone whose books I could reach out and touch on the library shelves in the children’s section upstairs where you did your event.

For a kid living in a big literary city like Edinburgh or London, meeting authors might not be such a big deal. Authors tend to work hard to promote their books and the ones I know do as many events as they can. But let me tell you, rural Aberdeenshire in the 80s was not a hotbed of literary discovery, and you coming to town meant a lot. I think that was the point when I realized writing could be a career. Maybe one day, I could be a writer too.

Many, many years later, I found myself back in the children’s section of Stonehaven Library promoting my own children’s books. That felt incredibly weird and incredibly lovely all at the same time. I’m excited to say I’ll also be talking to kids about my Elspeth Hart books at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this month. I have so much fun doing my own events, but my favourite part is when I ask if anyone likes writing or wants to be a writer and dozens of hands shoot up. The ideas these kids have are amazing. I wonder if it’s easier to dream your way into becoming a writer when you meet grown-ups who’ve done the same thing?

Either way, I relish every minute of getting to meet my readers, and part of the reason I appreciate it, Anne, is you.

Warm wishes,
Sarah Forbes

If you like Anne Fine you might also like to read books by Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo and Malorie Blackman.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Anne Fine

Out for the Count
Anne Fine - illustrated by Vicki Gausden
Interest Age 5-8 Anne Fine is a very clever writer and this brilliant little story is an exploration of the resources of the human imagination and the iniquities of keeping animals in cages. Hugo is trying to persuade his dad...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Gingerbread Star
Anne Fine - illustrated by Vicki Gausden
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2015 - Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 5+ Hetty, a little grey earthworm, is spellbound when she sees a glow-worm. She longs to have a glowing little light in her body...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2015
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Blue Moon Day
Anne Fine
A collection of short stories set in a range of different schools. ****Anne Fine will be appearing at the South Ken Kids Festival on Saturday 22nd November - find more details of the festival...
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Format: Paperback | Released 09/10/2014
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The Only Child Club
Anne Fine - illustrated by Arthur Robins
What do you miss when you don't have siblings? This book aims to find out through a brilliant story of friendship between 3 only kids but acting like siblings; including the good and bad things about having to compete or...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2014
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The Haunting of Uncle Ron
Anne Fine - illustrated by Vicki Gausden
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+ Award-winning Anne Fine always writes brilliantly about annoying family members. Ian's Uncle Ron has a habit of just turning up on the doorstep with a big suitcase. No one knows how long he will...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2014
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The Only Child Club
Anne Fine - illustrated by Arthur Robins
What do you miss when you don't have siblings? This book aims to find out through a brilliant story of friendship between 3 only kids but acting like siblings; including the good and bad things about having to compete or...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/08/2013
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Blood Family
Anne Fine
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 Edward is four years old when he is locked away with his mother by her abusive, alcoholic partner, Harris. By the time an elderly neighbour spots his pale face peering through a crack in...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/07/2013
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Gnomes Gnomes Gnomes!
Anne Fine - illustrated by Vicki Gausden
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 7 Every time Sam gets his hands on a piece of clay, he moulds it into a gnome. Hand painted and varnished by Sam's sister, each one is different. The trouble is Sam finds them just...
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Format: Paperback | Released 24/06/2013
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How Brave is That?
Anne Fine - illustrated by Vicki Gausden
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 7 Award-winning Anne Fine takes a subtle look at what bravery really is in this touching story about a boy who has only...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2013
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A Shame to Miss Poetry
Anne Fine
Age 14+. Former Children's Laureate Anne Fine's own passion for poetry spills out of this collection and its pair. Choosing a dazzling selection of poems from across the centuries – some very well-known and others less so - Anne...
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Format: Paperback | Released 23/10/2012
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Under a Silver Moon
Anne Fine
From the author of numerous award winning gems including Bill's New Frock, Diary of a Killer Cat, Flour Babies and Madame Doubtfire comes a wonderfully short moral fable with a touch of humour that parent and child can share and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2012
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The Devil Walks
Anne Fine
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Award-winning former Children's Laureate Anne Fine is a brilliant teller of stories of any mood. Prepare to be terrified in this chilling story of a stalking evil and the devastation...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/07/2011
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Eating Things on Sticks
Anne Fine
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl's Funny Prize 2009. Prize-winning Children's Laureate Anne Fine is more entertaining than anyone else about families. Creating circumstances in which everything possible can go wrong, she delights her readers with bizarre situations that are hugely...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2010
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Eating Things on Sticks
Anne Fine
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl's Funny Prize 2009. . Prize-winning Children's Laureate Anne Fine is more entertaining than anyone else about families. Creating circumstances in which everything possible can go wrong, she delights her readers with bizarre situations that are hugely...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/07/2009
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The Stone Menagerie
Anne Fine
Ally doesn't want to go with his mum on her weekly visit to his fragile aunt Chloe at the big Victorian hospital - until he discovers a hidden garden in the grounds. Here a young homeless couple have made themselves...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2009
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Jamie And Angus Together
Anne Fine
This is a touching collection of stories about a boy Jamie and his very best friend Angus. Angus is a Highland Bull and a soft toy but he and Jamie do everything together. In this delightful book for the newly...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2008
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Killer Cat Strikes Back
Anne Fine
If mischief and hilarity are what you want from a book then look no further than Anne Fine's Killer Cat Strikes Back. Quite simply you'll be rolling around the sofa or your bed as you join Tuffy and his feline...
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Format: Paperback | Released 31/01/2008
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Ivan The Terrible
Anne Fine
Winner of the 6-8 Nestle Silver Award 2007. As with all Anne Fine novels for whatever age, this one would be good for anyone of 6 or 7 upwards, you get great writing coupled with a great storyline. When Boris...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2008
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Bill's New Frock
Anne Fine
Bill Simpson wakes up to find he's a girl, and worse, his mother makes him wear a frilly pink dress to school. How on earth is he going to survive a whole day like this? Everything just seems to be...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2007
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The Angel of Nitshill Road
Anne Fine
How three unhappy kids at Nitshill School deal with Barry the bully is told quite brilliantly and with a great deal of humour too. A book not to be missed alongside some of her other titles for younger readers –...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2007
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How to Write Really Badly
Anne Fine
Chester Howard can see Joe's project 'How to Write Neatly' can only be a disaster. Joe makes a terrible mess of his work, jumbling letters and numbers up together. But a project called 'How to Write Really Badly' - now...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2007
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The Road Of Bones
Anne Fine
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Prize 2007. An epic story of survival that raises important questions about totalitarian governments and the imposition of social change. For years Yuri has watched the devastating effect of oppression on his own life and on...
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Format: Paperback | Released 31/05/2007
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The Granny Project
Anne Fine
When Granny begins to need more looking after, Mum and Dad decide she'd be better off in a home. But Ivan, Tanya, Nicholas and Sophie have other ideas. Saving Granny soon becomes the topic for their school project as well...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2006
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Frozen Billy
Anne Fine
Anne Fine brings a chilling touch to her story of how the inanimate becomes animate in this gripping story of power from an unusual source. Initially, young Clarrie has no idea of the power that seems to come from Frozen...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2006
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The Road Of Bones
Anne Fine
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Prize 2007. Yuri knows no freedom of thought. In his country, everything must be kept hidden – even from the neighbours. When Yuri makes one loose comment, he finds his life turned upside down as he is...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2006
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Up on Cloud Nine
Anne Fine
Award-winning Anne Fine has a rare gift for understanding teenagers and a sharp ear for capturing their dialogue. As Stolly lies wired up on the hospital bed his best friend touchingly charts the years of their friendship revealing both the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2006
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Round Behind the Ice-house
Anne Fine
Award-winning Anne Fine takes a serious turn in this gripping family story which captures the shifting relationships of adolescence. Twins Cass and Tom have shared everything and most of it with their friend Lisa, too. But gradually Tom, who recounts...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2006
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Bad Dreams
Anne Fine
Mel is the class bookworm, who doesn't want to be first-week minder for new girl, Imogen. Slowly, Mel discovers that Imogen has a special talent - a family 'gift' that Mel thinks is more like a curse. And that's when...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2006
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Charm School
Anne Fine
Forced to spend a day at Charm School while her mother is on a course, Bonny makes some surprising and hilarious discoveries. Can Bonny cope with listening to Mrs Opalene's Helpful Handy Hits (like 'how to bleach your elbows'!)? And...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2006
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On the Summerhouse Steps
Anne Fine
Ione Muffett is alone in the summerhouse when she meets Ned Hump. In a zany and uninhibited twenty-four hours, Ione helps bring the two together, culminating in a wonderfully anarchic picnic. And as Ned then helps Ione with her plan...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2006
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The Book of the Banshee
Anne Fine
It's war in the Flowers household. Will's sister Estelle has turned overnight into a screaming, screeching banshee whose moods explode throughout the household. Mum and Dad have surrendered. Inspired by an author visit to his school, Will decides to keep...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2006
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It Moved!
Anne Fine
Clever Lily! There’s nothing interesting for her to take for Show and Tell which won’t get broken so she takes in a stone. It looks just like any other stone. You can’t just bring a stone, her friends tell her...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/04/2006
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The Diary of a Killer Cat
Anne Fine
A cat's eye view of the world is not exactly the same as a humans! Tuffy's got no problems with the trail of delicious victims he brings into the house. A bird, a mouse – they are both delicious. In...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 25/11/2004
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Flour Babies
Anne Fine
Anne Fine, prize-winning author and former Children's Laureate makes her deadly serious and emotionally powerful points about the responsibilities of having a baby lightly within this hugely entertaining story. When the teenagers in 4C are given the Flour Babies project...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 07/04/1994
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A Shame to Miss Poetry
Anne Fine
Age 9+. Former Children's Laureate Anne Fine's own passion for poetry spills out of this collection and its pair. Choosing a dazzling selection of poems from across the centuries – some very well-known and others less so - Anne...
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Format: Paperback | Released //--
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