Mary Hooper - Author

About the 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 wasn’t very clever at school, although I was always good at English. I failed my 11-plus exam, and then my 13-plus, and after this there wasn’t a lot of hope for me, so I didn’t get any qualifications or certificates. My last school report says, “Far too noisy and talkative” and I think this was because, being an only child, I just loved having someone around to talk to. I left school when I was fifteen (you could in those days) but it wasn’t until many years later than I did a part-time degree at Reading University and began to get officially educated.

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).

Featured books by Mary Hooper

Other books by Mary Hooper

Newes from the Dead

Newes from the Dead

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2014

In 1650 Anne Green, a young servant girl, gave birth prematurely to an illegitimate child. Sadly the baby died and poor Anne was falsely accused of infanticide. In front of a large crowd she was hanged and then carried to the College of Physicians to be dissected for medical science. But as Anne's corpse lay on the table and the doctors assembled, a strange rattle was heard in her throat. Could she still be alive?

The New Girl

The New Girl

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2012

Brand new edition of the popular story of a girl who argues with her best friend, but very soon finds a replacement - When Kirsty falls out with her best friend, new girl Carly seems the perfect replacement. At first, Kirsty thinks she's great, but she soon notices Carly copying her more and more and things just don't add up - Can she stop Carly from taking over her life? Taut novel about truth and friendship. Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling or dyslexic readers.

The Betrayal

The Betrayal

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2009

In this final volume, Lucy is asked to continue her work on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I. And her romance with Tomas, the queen's fool, seems to be flourishing - or it is until Mistress Juliette, the new lady-in-waiting, arrives and Tomas pays her far too much attention for Lucy's liking. But then Lucy realises that Juliette is telling lies and is not what she appears to be. Lucy fears for the safety of the queen as there are always supporters of Mary, Queen of Scots who are willing to risk all. How will Lucy convince Tomas of her fears when he just teases her and tells her that she is simply jealous? Desperate times call for desperate measures A thrilling and romantic historical novel that will give all teenage readers an accurate sense of the Elizabethan period.

Zara

Zara

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2009

Zara and Ella were both two weeks late for the start of the school year. Ever since then they've been best friends. They're always fooling around finding out the star signs of boys they fancy, reading out their horoscopes and playing games to discover the initial of the boy they're going to marry - just things to pass the time and take their minds off exams and tests. Ella's never really taken it all very seriously, but then Zara starts to act a bit differently - dressing like a Goth and experimenting with her new-found spiritual side and psychic powers in order to get them noticed by the popular crowd in their class and earn them both a bit of kudos. But little does Ella know how far Zara is really prepared to go - even betraying their friendship - to get the attention she clearly seeks. Mary Hooper writes with haunting accuracy about the manipulative mind games and power struggles that go on within groups of friends at school. Zara is a brilliantly observed account of school life for teenage girls as well as being a book that one simply burns through - pacy, juicy and lively writing about issues that horrify and fascinate and resonate all at once.

Newes from the Dead

Newes from the Dead

Author: Mary Hooper Format: eBook Release Date: 20/05/2009

Anne Green cant move a muscle, cant open her eyes, cant scream. She lies paralyzed in absolute darkness, terrified by her final memorybeing hanged. Is she in purgatory? Hell? Was she buried alive? An innocent woman caught up in a nightmare, Anne Green is trapped with her racing thoughts, her burning need to revisit the eventsand the manthat led her to the scaffold.Meanwhile, a shy young medical student attends his first dissection and notices something strange as the doctors prepare their tools. Did her eyelids just flutter? Could this corpse be alive?Haunting, thrilling, and impossible to put down, Newes from the Dead is based on the true story of the real Anne Green, a servant who survived a hanging in 1650 England only to awaken on the dissection table. Newes from the Dead concludes with an excerpt from an original 1651 document that recounts this chilling medical phenomenon.

Thirteen Candles

Thirteen Candles

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2008

It's Julia's 13th birthday, but despite all the celebrations, she can't get rid of the strange shivery tingle going down her spine. And why did the candles on her birthday cake blow themselves out on their own? Then, when she watches a home video of her celebrations, she notices a dark hazy shape leaning over her shoulder. She's sure it blew out the candles - but what is it?

At the House of the Magician

At the House of the Magician

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2007

Lucy has been forced to run away from home as she fears for her safety from her drunken father. She is taken on as a maid at the house of Dr Dee, court magician, upon whom Elizabeth I relies heavily, even down to advising the date of her coronation. The household is strange and sinister, and Lucy has a nose for intrigue ...And she has more than enough to satisfy her: Lucy stumbles across a plot to assassinate the queen and has to find means to warn her ...

The Revolting Wedding

The Revolting Wedding

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2007

We stared at the disaster area in front of us. Bits of icing lay like snow over half the dining-room, the little bride and groom had nose-dived on to the carpet and the columns that had supported the top two tiers had rolled under the table. It's the morning of the dreaded wedding, and Katie's promise to be on best behaviour falls foul when she tumbles headlong into the wedding cake. Katie may not be able to get out of wearing that revolting blue bridesmaid's dress, but she's going to have to find a way to get herself out of this sticky cake mess, or she's dead meat!

Two Sides of the Story

Two Sides of the Story

Author: Mary Hooper Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/01/1998

Astra is thoughtful, a bit of a hippy, interested in astrology, and is best friends with Beth who is much more street-wise, trendy and vivacious. Their friendship is good and uncomplicated until they fall for the same boy, Ben. The girls' friendship is tested and they begin to fall out.

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