This is the official web site of Anne Fine, the second Children's Laureate and a distinguished prize-winning writer for children of all ages, with over forty books to her credit. She has also written for adults to considerable critical acclaim. This site has news and information about Anne, and showcases her books.
Anne joins the Great March of Progress
Anne has some good news for fans of her novels for adults - and a confession to make! She says:
I'm one of those people who sits tight, waiting for each new technology to become old hat, or at the very least be superseded by something whizzier.
But even I knew E-books were here to stay when, on a flight to Seattle, I noticed I was the only person on the plane reading a dead-tree novel. (I was also the only person who could carry on reading while we were held up for forty minutes on the tarmac before take-off, but let's leave that aside.)
Then I saw my daughter lying comfortably in bed, reading a novel on her kindle with the light from it waking neither her husband nor her baby.
So I've been delighted each time any of my books, whether for children or adults, has become available in electronic format. And now I'm thrilled to say that the very last of my eight adult novels have joined the Great March of Progress. From September 1st, Telling Liddy, In Cold Domain, The Killjoy and Taking the Devil's Advice are also all downloadable. I know I'm mostly known for my work for children. But if you are an adult, please, please do give at least one of them a go. You might love them. (They're mostly black comedies, apart from The Killjoy, which is simply black.)
Which one to choose? Well, The Mail on Sunday calledTelling Liddy "Mercilessly funny", whereas The Times Literary Supplement described it as "a chilling, skilfully constructed novel of family tension and emotional revenge that looks without blinking at the depths to which intelligent, law-abiding people can sink". The Independent called Taking the Devil's Advice "A brilliantly orchestrated slanging match", with the Financial Times adding that it was "Shot through with wit, and full of effervescence and good humour". The Observer said In Cold Domain was "A glorious tirade against the grind of motherhood" and Time Out described it as "A streamlined, ruthlessly stripped-down psychological family romance... wicked and funny." And the New Yorker said of The Killjoy, "Strange and wonderful ...remarkable insight and style". Publishers Weekly called it, "Devastating and ingenious." The Observer said it was "Gripping... a knock-down triumph". And the Glasgow Herald reviewer said, "I defy anyone who gets beyond the first sentence to put down."
Start with whichever catches your fancy. With a bit of luck you'll read them all.
Read more about Anne Fine's books for adults here.
Blue Moon Day
There's good news for Anne's non-adult readers, too: a collection of school stories, with a difference!
Because 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?
Find out on Blue Moon Day! This collection of short stories will be published on 9th October 2014.
The Killer Cat Runs Away
So what if I broke the new TV? Got fur on all Dad's clean clothes? Ate Tinkerbell the kitten's special kitten-food?
Meet Tuffy, the Killer Cat.
You thought you already had? Is that because you've read the books in which he causes such awful mayhem? Well, now he's back. Not spruced up, exactly. I wouldn't go that far. Steve Cox has handed over the illustrations to Thomas Docherty, so if you think that he looks a tiny bit different, you're right. But inside he's the same old Tuffy - driving Dad crazy, upsetting Ellie, and leaving the usual trail of chaos wherever he goes.
And in this book Tuffy does go a whole lot further than usual. Find out what happens when he decides there must be somewhere in the town where he'll be appreciated more, and treated better ...
The Killer Cat Runs Away now out in paperback!
Of course, in his own way, Tuffy is a very well-travelled cat. He has friends all over the world who want to keep up to date with his adventures. His latest escapade has already been translated into French, and there are Killer Cat books in German, in Italian, in Icelandic - and more!
Girls at War
This new collection of short stories explores how the First World War changed and shaped the lives of women forever. A courageous nurse risks her life at the Front Line; a young woman discovers independence and intrigue in wartime London; a grief-stricken widow defends her homeland amidst the destruction of war - and all must face loss and grief, and learn new ways to live with them.
Anne Fine's Piercing the Veil joins stories by Adèle Geras, Melvin Burgess, Berlie Doherty and more in War Girls, published by Andersen on 5th June; order it from Amazon, or from any bookshop (ISBN: 978-1-7834-4060-3).