Anne Fine - Author

About the 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

Featured books by Anne Fine

Blue Moon Day

Blue Moon Day

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/10/2014

Everyone thinks they know what it's like, going to school. But have you ever wondered what life must be like at a boarding school? A school for young offenders? A school for the blind? With her trademark humour, insight, sensitivity and razor-sharp wit, Anne Fine explores these different worlds in a short story collection that will fascinate young readers.

Blood Family

Blood Family

13+ readers

Author: Anne Fine Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/07/2013

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 the boarded-up window and raises the alarm, he is seven. Rescue comes, but lasting damage has been done. Sent to live with a kindly foster family, and then adopted, Edward struggles to adapt to normal life. Even as a teenager it's still clear to his new family and schoolmates there's something odd about him. Then one fateful day, Edward catches a glimpse of himself in a photograph. What he sees shocks him to the core - a vision of Harris. Was this monster his father all along? And does that mean that, deep down, another Harris is waiting to break out? Every step of progress Edward has made swiftly begins to unravel, and he has to decide whether his blood will determine his future.

How to Write Really Badly

How to Write Really Badly

7+ readers

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2007

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 there's something Joe can do better than anyone else. And Chester is about to find there's a lot more to Joe than he expected.

Round Behind the Ice-house

Round Behind the Ice-house

11+ readers

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2006

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 the story, realises that everything is changing including especially his feelings for Lisa. As Tom reads and misreads the signs of change, readers will identify with his intense feelings and his confusion.

Other books by Anne Fine

Let it Snow

Let it Snow

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/11/2017

The Party Club

The Party Club

Author: Anne Fine Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2015

A humorous and sensitive story about growing up and being the odd one out, from former Children's Laureate and much-loved author Anne Fine. Rosie's classmates think they are too old for birthday parties, but Rosie is determined to change their minds. From the author of Bill's New Frock comes a humorous and sensitive story about growing up and feeling like the odd one out. Rosie loves everything about parties: balloons, presents, games, birthday cake, goody bags! So she is disappointed when some of her classmates announce that they have outgrown parties and would rather go to the cinema or bowling. Rosie decides to set up the Party Club and remind everyone of how much fun they'll be missing out on. But it's harder than she thought, particularly when even her parents don't seem to like birthday parties much.

The Tulip Touch n/e

The Tulip Touch n/e

Author: Anne Fine Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/03/2005

What's the hook? A jaw-dropping novel by popular children's novelist Anne Fine. What are the themes? Family and friendship raise PSHE issues such as reasons and the effects of bullying and peer pressure. Teaching points? Many excellent passages which are good models for pupils' writing.

Flour Babies

Flour Babies

Author: Anne Fine, Andrew Bennett, Jim Taylor, Esther Menon Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2000

What's the hook? Award-winning author Anne Fine's story is humorous and thought-provoking at every turn. What are the themes? Friendship, home and school life are central to this novel which has strong links to citizenship and PSHE. Teaching points? Provides numerous opportunities for creative writing, drama activities and shared and guided reading.

The Play Of Goggle Eyes

The Play Of Goggle Eyes

Author: Anne Fine Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/06/1995

The Heinemann Plays series offers contemporary drama and classic plays in durable classroom editions. Many have large casts and an equal mix of boy and girl parts. Anne Fine has dramatized her own humorous novel, Goggle Eyes, for the series.

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