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Anne Cassidy - Author

About the Author

Anne Cassidy lives in Essex. She was a teacher for twenty years. Her first book was published in 1991 and she has since published over twenty teen novels. She is the author of Looking for JJ, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award 2004 and the Carnegie Medal 2005 and won the 2004 Booktrust Teenage Book Award. 

As a crime writer, inspiration for Anne’s books often comes from news stories of teen crime. Anne is also interested in the philosophical aspect of murder. She says, ‘People take great delight in reading Crime Fiction. Why is this? We live in a modern liberal society which abhors the death penalty yet we soak up murder stories in print and on television. So I asked myself the question is it ever right to murder? Are there any circumstances that make murder the preferable option?’

Anne's 'Ten things I want you to know about me'
When I was a baby I slept in a drawer for six weeks. My parents assure me that they never actually closed it.

I was an only child until I was fourteen. Then I had a baby brother and sister. I usually blame all of my insecurities and low self esteem on them. They’re not bothered as far as I know.

I was one of the first people in the country to have plastic surgery on the NHS. I had my ears pinned back. When I came out of the operating theatre my whole head was bandaged up and my mum said she thought I’d had brain surgery.

When I was a child me and my mum and dad went everywhere together. I sat in the back of the car and sang along with all their songs. My mum was a dressmaker and made herself a dress and a miniature version of the same thing for me. I loved it as a child. As soon as I became a teenager I hated it. My dad was a great fan of horse racing. He had a number of pens that he used to choose his horses. Some were lucky, others were not. He used to put them behind his ear for safety.

I went to a girl’s convent high school. My best friends were the most important people in my life. Sometimes they went off with someone else and it broke my heart. I always took them back. I had no pride.

I was hopeless in school. I couldn’t be bothered doing any work at all. I used to sit at the back of the classroom and draw profiles of beautiful women on my rough book. And sign my name over and over again. My teachers gave up on me.

I wore the shortest mini skirts that I could find. I also wore wigs and false eyelashes and thigh length boots. I was tacky.

I worked in a bank for five years. I cut coupons from bonds and presented them to other banks for payment. I sat beside a hatch window and had to open it to deal with enquiries. If I had a pound for every time someone started with A cup of tea and a cheese roll I’d be rich (even now, all these years later).

My son never reads any of my books. Even though he’s a character in a lot of them. He prefers to read real life stuff about the Mafia.

My husband reads all of my books. He says he likes them but he would say that, wouldn’t he?

Featured books by Anne Cassidy

Butterfly Grave

Butterfly Grave

11+ readers 13+ readers

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2013

Prize-winning crime writer Anne Cassidy packs a punch in this latest volume of her gripping series The Murder Notebooks. Joshua and Rose, not related but increasingly linked through the relationship between their missing father and mother respectively, are desperate to find out what has happened to their parents. Trying to follow any clues has so far proved terrifyingly dangerous and this latest instalment is no different. When Joshua’s friend is fatally stabbed the reality of the danger they are in is clear. But will they stop asking the questions they so desperately want answered? The determination of two teenagers with no idea who they can trust is brilliantly captured in this hard hitting novel. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Other books by Anne Cassidy

Witness (Sharp Shades)

Witness (Sharp Shades)

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2019

Witness tells the story of Todd, who sees his ex-teacher Jason Ripley attacking a mild-mannered shopkeeper he knows from his paper round. Shocked by what he has witnessed, Todd informs the police of the brutal attack Mr Wilson has faced. But Todd has no idea just how this will change his life. It becomes clear that Jason Ripley has acquaintances who are keen to seek revenge on Todd for his actions. And they won't rest until they get it, no matter who gets in their way. In the same style as the Shades 2.0 series, this book tells a fast-paced story but is much shorter than the Shades, allowing for less-able readers to still experience the gripping story but with much simpler language and a larger font. The excitement of the Shades series is still there in these shortened versions of the dramatic, enticing stories.

Witness

Witness

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2019

When Todd Lucas sees Jason Ripley attacking a local shopkeeper, he decides to do the right thing and report it to the police. Unfortunately Ripley's brother finds out - and threatens Todd with serious injury if he doesn't withdraw his witness statement. How can Todd stay safe and see justice done? Recently republished as a new edition, this book is one of the Shades 2.0 series. This book is perfect for reluctant teens who still want an exciting, unpatronising story that is relevant to their interests and concerns, but who don't want to read a longer novel. With a length of only 6,000 words, and filled with drama, this story will appeal to all reluctant teen readers.

No Shame

No Shame

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2017

Nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019 The powerful companion to NO VIRGIN. From the author of the critically acclaimed, LOOKING FOR JJ, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2004 and the Carnegie Medal in 2005. Stacey Woods has been raped and now she has to go through a different ordeal - the court trial. But nothing in life it seems is black and white and life is not always fair or just. Suddenly it seems that she may not be believed and that the man who attacked her may be found not guilty . . . if so Stacey will need to find a way to rebuild her life again . . . A tautly told and important book, perfect for readers of Asking for It by Louise O'Neill.

Sammy and the Starman

Sammy and the Starman

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/06/2017

Sammy is thrilled when he finds a tin y space rocket in the park . And even more thrilled when he discovers its owner, Jax, a very small and very irritable 300-year-old spaceman. Can Sammy save Jax from the greedy clutches of his nosy neighbour and help him get home? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+

No Virgin

No Virgin

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

Prequel to No Shame, which has been nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019 From the author of the critically acclaimed, LOOKING FOR JJ, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2004 and the Carnegie Medal in 2005. A raw, powerful, moving tale about a girl attempting to deal with the aftermath of a sexual attack. My name is Stacey Woods and I was raped. Stacey is the victim of a terrible sexual attack. She does not feel able to go to the police, or talk about it to anybody other than her best friend, Patrice. Patrice, outraged, when she cannot persuade her to go to the police, encourages Stacey to write everything down. This is Stacey's story. A tautly told and important book, perfect for readers of Asking for It by Louise O'Neill.

Moth Girls

Moth Girls

Author: Anne Cassidy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2015

Helplessly drawn like moths to the light, two girls go missing in an evocative and gripping tale . . . They called them the Moth Girls because they were attracted to the house. They were drawn to it. Or at least that is what is written in the newspapers that Mandy reads on the anniversary of when her two best friends went missing. Five years have passed since Petra and Tina were determined to explore the dilapidated house on Princess Street. But what started off as a dare ended with the two girls vanishing. As Mandy's memories of the disappearance of her two friends are ignited once again, disturbing details will resurface in her mind.

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