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As well as journalism, Rachel still occasionally contributes to various journals and TV programmes. Rachel Anderson is an established Oxford author. Her special gift is to write powerfully about disability or alienation.
Rachel won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award for Paper Faces.
Rachel enjoys reading, drawing and walking. She is married and lives mainly in Cromer, Norfolk. She has four children.
The complexities of making choices in a world rich in different values, expectations and beliefs is cleverly explored in this hugely topical story. After the death of his father in a random violent attack, Hamish sheds the tolerant views he had been brought up with and slips into being alienated and negative, adopting the prejudiced and racist views he has previously despised. But Hamish changes again when he has to help Ali, the sole survivor among a group of North African refugees whose boat founders on the French coast. Powerfully written and thought provoking, this is a powerful read.
This Strange New Life is a powerful and moving story that follows one familyâ€™s experiences of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, an increasingly common problem among teenagers. The narrative follows Johnnie, the youngest of the family, coming to terms with her two brothersâ€™ diagnoses with CFS and their deterioration from strong, healthy heroes to being bedridden, with â€˜maggots munching inside their headsâ€™. However, through its different perspectives, the story also addresses bullying, sex, life, and everything else. And despite the hardships the family undergo, it is in many ways a book full of hope and wonder.
Paper Faces by Rachel AndersonThe pale young soldier in the silver frame stared serenely out across the wide spaces of the kitchen with faraway forget-me-not eyes. Dot tried to remember her father's face from the brownish photo which Gloria kept in her handbag. She wished she could recall it more clearly. Even when she had the picture in front of her, she seemed to only see the flat paper.
Throughout the years that Veritas has spent trying to rear me, there's one essential truth she's always stuck to. 'Love is stronger than mountains.' My mother's name meant truth. But could any of us trust her to tell the truth about our family?' Can Ruth and her sister Mary discover lasting love for themselves amid the chaos of their large bohemian family? And what about their eccentric mother? Could they find a new love for her too? After the hardships of the 50s, how will any of them experience the new freedoms of the swinging 60s? As Ruth stands at the altar promising love to a young man till the end of life, under her breath she makes a vow: to set down everything of the past, the reality of a girlhood constantly touched by sadness, yet always profoundly secure.
When Hugo breaks his arm, he expects to feel bored an useless. But when his inactive arm suddenly starts to grow and develop unique reaching, grabbing and twirling powers, he finds he's constantly embroiled in mischief and adventure. In Hugo's world - which is quite like our own, but not entirely - the most ordinary things have bizarre and unusual properties and anything can happen ...and it does.